I just picked up a used Citori for $1000. It's a pretty plain Jane one, with grade 1 wood, but it's still a Citori and will probably be passed down to my son (if I don't sell it to move up). I've been there with the cheap U/O and you just don't get a decent gun with the Stoegers and Mossbergs. A used SKB/Ithaca would be a good buy as would maybe a Ruger Red Label. Virginain is right, nobody will be impressed with a budget U/O (not I care about inpressing the gun snobs), but they will know you wasted good money on a cheap gun.
The advice above about a good semi is spot on, you can get a very good semi for the price of a budget U/O and might be the best way to go.
Originally Posted by 1911love
Did not know Trap was 12 gauge only, I must have been meaning to say skeet. I had a chance to hold a Merkel once and was amazed with a capital a. Finest I've ever shot was a Citori. Not a Merkel, but really nice. How much do those run that you mentioned Cotton?
be shot with any gauge, you just won't do well with any of the sub gauges, in most cases.
Skeet is shot with 12,20,28,.410 and I'm sure there are guys who use 16 too but 12 and 20 are the most common. Competitors will shoot 12,20 and .410