SXS shotties are more conducive for skeet (side to side) bc they have a natural lead with the left or right barrel relative to the sight which is in the center. O/U's are better for the straight on shots that don't have as much as a left to right lead such as trap. If people are just getting into doubles I usually recommend the O/U bc people are so used to aiming straight on rather than leading left or right. Plus if you have smaller hands, the O/U is generally narrower in the forend. Just don't jump on that pump bandwagon. Pumps are great for hunting. I always found them kinda goofy for clay birds but to each his own.