Re: Shotgun for Trap and Skeet
If you are interested in shooting clay targets, you need to ask yourself a couple of questions. What game are you playing? Trap and skeet are two different animals and in some cases require a totally different approach to shotguns. If you are intending to shoot both, a compromise is going to be in order. I would recommend you look at a Beretta 391 for a do it all shotgun. It's soft on the shoulder, has an adjustable stock, screw chokes and in 12 gauge.
A S X S is a poor choice for either game and if you are new to the sport you can end up rapidly frustrated at your misses. A good O/U will work as well, but the operative word is "good". I do NOT recommend the Mossberg, or the Stoeger. These guns are not designed for shooting a lot of shells. If you want to see what would work for you, go to a local club that is shooting Sporting Clays and see what THEY are shooting. Our club shoots twice a month, weather permitting and there isn't ONE Mossberg shot on the course. You see some pricey stuff like Kolars and Krieghoffs, but the majority are Browning O/U's and autos, Berettas the same etc.
I am a skeet shooter and that requires a totally different setup than trap or Sporting Clays. You CAN shoot sub-gauge stuff there and it is pretty normal to see people shooting a .410 or 28 gauge there. I usually shoot .410 and either outshoot the others there or stay right on par with them.
I hope this helps.
Life's too short to shoot an ugly gun.....