I'm pretty sure they will balance out all multi-shot weapons. Otherwise I think the Slagga will would be a great alternative. Not as many "shots" as the Sand Hawk but plenty of firerate to make up for it.
I think that post-nerf, ROF is the way to go. But the Shredifier takes time to warm up too much and it caps at 14.4 but in most combat situations, you won't be able to get up to this.
I have found a few purple/blue Vladof rifles that get over 10 ROF without the "spinning" warm up time. I think this might be the way to go. At least for my playstyle.