I have an old Mossberg bolt action 20 g that just beat the crap out of you. Had trouble getting my wife to shoot more than a couple rounds out of it. I bought a $20 limb saver and it was night and day. Finally allowed her to get a good days range shoot out of it. Of coarse after she started to shoot better she asked me for her own. Picked up a Mossberg 500 20g w/ wood stock and 26" barrel. She loves that gun and haven't needed to put the limb saver on at all.
My pistols, however, I always kept by me.