Just wanted to say thanks to all who replied to my query about the Mossberg Silver Reserve. After getting several retailer's opinions (including the Bass Pro guy who offered to sell me a $350 gun INSTEAD of putting me in a Mossberg) I was stuck.
I looked at the Mossberg, Stoger's line, Baikal's (now Spartan by Remington) and other budget guns before I settled on the CZ. Actually, I had ruled out CZ because the local gunshop quoted me over $800 to order the Canvasback. Everyone said it was the best gun under a Grand, but my budget was more like $500.
Well, lo and behold, I attended the local gunshow last weekend and there was a CZ direct dealer, with a Canvasback 12 gauge for $585. I talked him down to $550 and walked out with it. Bought 2 extended Trulock choke tubes the next day and I was set to kill some clay.
I've shot 3 rounds of Sporting Clays over the last 3 days at 3 different ranges and I must say that after 200 rounds I'm very happy with the purchase. My roommate has a Citori, and the wood to metal finish and bluing is just as good. It's less ornate, and has extractors and not ejectors but for less than 1/2 the price I can't complain.
So, if you're in the market for an O/U or a SxS and don't want to drop $1300, check out the CZs - they're like the XDs were 2 years ago; an often-overlooked quality firearm that can be had for a real bargain!