I shoot a Benelli SBE1 and a Benelli M1 super 90 for waterfowl. Neither have ever given a moments trouble and even with magnum loads the recoil is soft. I even shot a duck one handed one time with the super 90. If you can't fork out that kind of cash I hear really good things about the Stoeger 3500 shotgun which is very similar to the SBE and Stoeger is owned by Benelli. I think you can get into a Stoeger for under $700.