(but have no experience with a HC)
I get the feeling when shooting them that they are "too big"....too heavy, too long stocked, WAY too fat. They are short but don't really seem short. I have been unable to bond with one in any way.
The HW97 stocks are also thick and bulky but not quite as bad. I prefer the HW77's over the 97's because of the slightly thinner stock.
My favorite underlever is the Diana 46 because I like the way they handle and love their loading system.