After many years I am looking to once again enjoy some recreational shooting. I don't hunt, just plan to shoot clays. Don't know yet if Ill get competitive with it. I have read thru the post and know the 870 is a good general choice. But I shoot lefty and was shown a used Ithaca 37 and like the downward discharge. (I have caught some hot rounds in the occasional shooting I've done in the past). I haven't found much posted about the Ithaca 37, is this a good choice? Reliable? Does it kick much? because if it does my small wife will not get interested. Would 20 Ga be that much different from a 12 Ga? My budget for this 1st weapon purchase tops out at about $350. I suspect a used, quality gun is a better deal than a new medium quality gun? Other suggestions welcome - This looks to be a friendly, helpful site.