New to over-under shotguns, and am looking for a 20 or 12 gauge to do a little bit of clay shooting. I've shot my friend's Beretta 390 semi-auto, and while it was nice and could double as a bird gun, I'm pretty realistic and know I'd do just clay (live on property with access to a bajillion pheasant, quail and dove yet have no desire to hunt....but my friends sure like it!) hence the interest in an over-under. Plus the "safety" factor of being able to tell my nephews and new shooters in the family "okay, you have two shells, and when it's open it cannot fire" is a plus. Yes, I know the finger is the best safety along with proper training but for this specific clay gun this is a good feature.
Anyway, in terms of brands what's a good solid company that won't break the bank but won't leave me high and dry with poor quality and horrific customer service? I know often times you get what you pay for but are there any hidden gems?
Avoid Stoeger or TriStar? Cabelas and the like have them on sale all the time for around $350 brand new, who knows what Wal-Mart has them at.
Just pony up for a good semi auto and be realistic about the care and safety of owning such a firearm?
My friends say it's a matter of time until I own several shotguns just like how the handgun addiction took hold of me. I know, I know, but for the first-time clay buy, what do you say? Thank you in advance.