I somewhat agree with on the 20 gauge vs the 12 gauge shot gun. I find that a beginner shooter like myself who isn't the most accurate yet has a better chance at actually huitting her target with a 12 gauge and because the 12 gauges are a heavier gun they tend to have a little less recoil.
I've only been shooting for a couple of months and have only shot in one sporting clays shoot, so I know I really don't have a big knowledge base to work from but from my experience so far a 12 gauge is the way to go. In the clay shoot I was using a 20 gauge and although I did find it much easier to shoulder and to carry, it really bit back. I was bruised for a week. I've been practicing with a 12 gauge beretta and it is quite a bit heavier and a little harder to shoulder comfortably but the recoil is much less and I seem to have a much better accuracy. (I've gone from 14% to 50% in a month and a half). Although now that I think of it, I am handling my gun better and I have learned allot more about shooting since my experiance with that little 20 gauge, and the beretta has a gas recoil absortion thingy and the 20 gauge browning gold didn't. So I guess I really should take your advice a give a good 20 gauge another go.
I'm taking part in an other sporting clays shoot this weekend , maybe I'll see if I could try someones 20 gauge for part of it and see how it compares.
hope to talk to you again, hugs and giggles, Jacquie