Need advice on a skeet/sporting clay shotgun?

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    Need advice on a skeet/sporting clay shotgun?

    I am in the market for a sporting shotgun for shooting skeet and or sporting clays.

    It is obvious to me that one can spend an infinite amount of $$$$$ on one if so desired. I however have placed my budget at $1,500.00 or less and feel this will buy me a very nice sporting shotgun.

    Does anyone on the board shoot skeet/trap or sporting clays that could help me with choosing a make and model that would suit me for this price range? If I need to spend more let me know that to.

    I have been out of the shot gun market my whole life as I have always had shotguns when growing up from my grandfather and my dad and had plenty to choose from for hunting and even shooting skeet with. Times have changed, designs have changed, technology has changed and I know there is a lot more shotguns on the market today that are more advanced than ever before.
    The ones I have been looking at, and are in no praticular order are,

    Beretta, Xtrema2 from $1,050.00 to $1,450.00
    Scroll down to the Xtrema2
    http://www.berettausa.com/product/pr..._guns_main.htm

    I have been looking at other Beretta's too but as I said I don't know much about the different models to be able to choose one.

    Benelli, Sport II $1,299.00 and Super Sport $1,549.00
    http://www.benelliusa.com/firearms/supersport.tpl

    Both of these guns are nice and I think would serve my purpose very well but I want to hear your observations on them and others if you have experance with them.

    Dehaan U5E English Sporter, This was recommended to me and looks to be a fantastic gun for the money. $1,095.00 shipped.
    Go to the special offers section.
    http://www.dhshotguns.com/


    This is just confusing as there are soooooooo many to choose from and these are just a few I have been looking at and I am not dead set on any of them, I am trying to get others opinions as to what you recommend and or use and why?

    Thanks for your time.

    ETA - I had to take the pic's out because they were way to big, sorry.

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    Ti Carry,

    My last clays and flyers gun was an LC Smith Pigeon grade live pigeon gun made in 1898 so understand I evolve towards the odd.

    Mrs. Airedale shoots a Beretta 391, 30" barrel. These guns run and run, point well and have all the "stuff" you'll need for a clays gun from novice to professional.

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    I have a DeHaan U1, and I am very pleased with it, but it did have to take a trip back for repair. It was doubling when I first got it. CZ is importing the same shotguns.

    I would definately suggest going with an O/U. You'll get less muzzle flip, and you won't have to chase empties. However, there are plenty of nice autoloaders out there that are well under you budget that would get the job done. I sometimes shoot with an 1100.

    Another advantage of an O/U is the ability to choke your barrels differently. This won't matter much for skeet, but it might come in handy for sporting clays.

    I really like the Beretta O/U line.
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    http://shooterslegacy.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2804

    The above link will take you to pics of my DeHaan.
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