Minneguy wrote:How different is hunting with an over/under than a sxs? I know the sight picture is different and I can't really see any way it would be.
Consider this. Great Britain is a land steeped in tradition. Breaking one of those traditions is very difficult in the British culture (I know this first hand, my son-in-law is English ). The English developed the SxS game gun. It is their pride and joy and for over a century was the standard at driven shoots. But, as of late, the O/U has taken over. Yes, there are some who still cling to the SxS, but the O/U seems to have become the new standard. They are simply better suited for the task. They can be made just as light and lively as any SxS, firing the bottom barrel first puts the line of recoil closer to the shoulder making felt recoil seem less and minimizing muzzle rise thus making staying on target for a second shot is easier.
Regarding that Citori. That's a great price! The Citoris are all steel proofed, so steel shouldn't be an issue. And the 28 inch barrels are a plus. About the only drawback for any O/U is opening and closing the action in a cramped duck blind. O/Us tend to require a little more space to open than do SxS guns.
Personally, I'm a SxS guy. I was raised with them and all my upland gunning is done with one. A fine double in the style of the English game gun almost points itself and is a joy and pride to carry. All that said, remember, a fine SxS is traditional. But, were I you, for now, I'd go with the Citori. You are obviously young and have time. Save your money and over time get yourself a fine double to play with.