Semi-auto's are great but you will have to have spare parts as they do not function sometimes. Normally when your at a registered shoot. I've owned Remington 1100's, 11-87, Browning and currently own a Beretta 391 AL. They all have malfunctioned and needed parts. I currently own a Perazzi TM1 with a counter coil reduction and have had no problems over the last 10 years. If you have a break open that fits you, you shoot well with it I would think about putting a recoil reducer on it. I've owned a Kreighoff KS5 Special with a RAD II which also has the LOP and worked great for recoil reduction. There are a lot of different recoil reduction systems on the market. You might ask folks at your Club to see what they like or you maybe able to shoot. I think it would be less expense to put a recoil reduction system on the gun you use the most. There are plenty of gunsmith's including this site who can install one. Just a thought.
I like the Remington 1100 but the Beretta 303, 390, 391, and A400 are excellent. The thing about the autos is that 99% of the time if something breaks you can fix it yourself. Just stock a few of the parts you might need. Midwest, Midway, and Brownells have about anything you could ever need,
reasonable prices and fast delivery. Any O/U or single barrel breaks, brace yourself for a big repair bill and being without your gun for weeks, if not months.
A few weeks back, I had the opportunity to compare my Remington V3 Field Sport Synthetic to a friend's Beretta A300 Outlander Synthetic. We exchanged every 5 shots in order to compare back to back. He was using 1-1/8 oz and I was using 1 oz loads. Of the two shotguns, we independently agreed that the V3 had a distinctly softer recoil. YMMV
The V3 also has the option of a shell catcher: V3 Shotgun Shell Catcher for Trap Shooting | eBay
Caveat- I've purchased it, but have not yet installed it so cannot provide a review. Just got a new Citori CX to play with so might be some time before I try the shell catcher on the V3
I have owned several. I love the 1100 and shot one for years. They are simple in operation and great pointers. They are also the easiest to clean. That said ,What Tron said about the 300 series does carry some weight. They are all pretty dependable . But I think the most reliable semi auto I ever shot was a Super X-1.