Originally Posted by JohnnyFlake
As far as guns go, that is really, very subjective. You need to try as many guns as you can. Making friends with other shooter, is a big plus, in getting chances to try their guns. Also most of the better ranges will have guns to rent and usually there is a variety to try.
Many of the top shooters from, back in the day, when I was really active, preferred over n' unders. Back then they could cost from around a $1000 up to $6, $8, $10,000 and even more. Beretta, Ruger, Krieghoff, Perazzi and others. Very few could shoot pump guns well enough to compete, so there were only a few in use, a lot of old Winchester Model 12s and some 870s. Then others, like myself, shot semi-autos. The Remington 1100 being the most popular by a long way. Back then I had two 1100s in 12ga, one with a trap stock and one with a skeet stock. Oh yes, the stock makes a big difference when shooting skeet vs trap. I also had one 1100 in .410 with a skeet stock.
The stock is a serious consideration with respect to your sight picture on a target moving across your front, from left to right or right to left and for a target moving away from you and rising. Skeet stocks are curved, like most standard stocks, however, trap stocks are very straight, almost completely horizontal along the line of the barrel.
You should check that out as well.