I looked at this lens before I purchased my current telephoto rig: a 400 2.8 IS I, and the 1.4X and 2.0X vIII teleconverters. Which i bought all used and for a little less than $5300 (the lens 3 years ago) I have always had a soft spot for sigma, as most of my first lenses were sigma back in the days when that was what I could afford.
But the choice I made was based on the fact that IS is important, and f2.8 and f4 kick f5.6 in the tush. My rig is f5.6 at 800, but the sigma is 5.6 at 300 and 400.
Zooming would be really helpful with a moving bird, or aircraft, acquire at 300, zoom to frame, but IQ is king. Also, i shoot sports and the sigma is just not up to that.