Bulldog isn’t a bad weapon, but it isn’t a power weapon. In shotty-snipes, it has next to no advantage over the sniper rifle in close quarters- it’s usually easier to hit someone once with the sniper round and then melee than it is to get a perfect 3 shot kill with the bulldog. Because of this, and because there isn’t a power weapon shotgun, i think it’s fair to float the idea that it should have a gravity hammer, instead.
The gravity hammer would actually have an advantage over the sniper rifle in close quarters, since if you melee the grav hammer mid-swing it does a counter-attack and can kill you. The grav hammer has aoe and can hit multiple targets, making it a little closer to the power weapon shotgun than the bulldog currently is. The moment of windup allows snipers a single last ditch effort at close range to snipe them before they swing. And if they fail, the hammer probably kills them.
I feel like this is the fairest compromise. The current shotguns just don’t work well. The only other alternative i see working is to use the heatwave, but that’s basically all the same problems as the bulldog. What do you think?