I have shot skeet with Andy, and he has a nice light o/u of which I am jealous. I have both a o/u and a Benelli SBE II semi-auto, both in 12 gauge. I prefer fielding the Benelli for its lighter weight, but it’s inertial action doesn’t know how to make nice very reliably with low wall light bird loads in the #7.5-#8 shot range. Apparently, this is a common problem for the SBE. Also, the inertial action provides slightly stouter recoil (although in truth, it’s not that bad) than a gas-piston action provides....and it is still less recoil than a o/u.Crash wrote: ↑Tue May 14, 2019 11:13 pmAndyC,AndyC wrote: ↑Tue May 14, 2019 2:31 pmA double eg. O/U is nice because of its ability to have 2 different chokes in the gun at the same time (I just use Imp Cylinder and Modified - and I can select which fires first, depending on the sequence of the clays presented to me). Other folks frantically change the chokes completely between stations - I've never bothered but it's a plus if you really want to fine-tune things.
A good O/U is fairly pricey, though - I wouldn't feel undergunned with a decent used semi-auto and a screw-in Modified choke eg. Rem 1100. FWIW, I did start clay-shooting with a Mossberg 500 12-ga pump - it's not that restrictive if you can shuck it decently quickly.
My advice - take your current gun and go do a few rounds of sporting clays with it first; sounds like you have enough time and you may be able to try a few rental guns as well.
I'm leaning toward a semi-auto, but I'm going to take your advice and do a few rounds with my current gun and also try out some others. Thanks for the recommendation--appreciate it.
I also own a recently purchased Mossberg 930 SPX, a gas-piston semi-auto tactical shotgun, but I can buy replacement barrels and other parts for it for hunting/clays purposes, and it converts fairly easily and quickly. If I’m not mistaken, Mossberg sells a 930 package that comes with both a home defense and a hunting/clays barrel.