Forget the Benelli for trap. Not that it isn't a good gun, but it's dimensions are for the field and not for trap. It simply isn't designed as a trap gun. If you want to shoot an auto for trap there are two choices, a Remington 1100 Trap or a Beretta 391 Trap. Both are good guns. The 1100 recoils less and is cheaper to buy at about $750 or so (discounted).
Jamie, no need to weigh a gun to 10#, get a stock 391 or 390 Beretta, get a Shooter's Emporium soft-touch composite stock that looks like highly figured walnut, you're good to go, the Nitro 27's feel like a 410! anyone with medical issues, small ladies, youngsters, flinching "he men", anyone can benifit!
Another subjective situation. Many here and elsewhere think the Rem. 1100 is the softest shooting shotgun on Earth, others the Berettas. For me, I find the Berettas softer than the 1100 while most would go the opposite direction. I think it based more on fit and something you have to test for yourself. Beg, borrow, or steal (briefly) as many as you can handle and test drive them yourself....breakemall....Bob Dodd
Well they are all about the same however I have a Winchester Super X2 Practical and I can say shooting high brass OO buck and its very mild. I can only imagine what its like with a normal sporting load. It can shoot 5 OO Buck shells in less then a 1/2 second, in fact the 5th shell will fire before the first one hits the ground. A gun cant kick to much and still be able to be usable being that fast.
Well, you asked, the softest I ever shot was a High Standard Supermatic. The 391 feels soft for the same reason, takes longer for the action to cycle, but I will never get used to the "bing/bong/chang/twang" of a Beretta.
Even at 9 pounds, I would like to say the SX-1 is lightest, but it isn't, it cycles much too fast to absorb the recoil of the others.
I've used a Benelli SS the past two seasons and can pass along these tidbits in relationship to trap use:
1.) The recoil is somewhere between an O/U and gas auto, leaning towards the auto.
2.) The factory recoil pad, although OK, has a ridge which tends to cut into the shoulder during a long day. I replaced it with a slip on LimbSaver (flat-faced) and all is well.
3.) The gun will run with any type 1oz. or 1 1/8oz. ammo, handload or factory, regardless of velocity. If you want to run 7/8oz. through it a minimum of 1250+fps must be maintained for reliable operation through the four seasons.
4.) I added a Kick Eez stick-on cheek pad (1/4") to get a good sight picture. My gun shoots deadon flat which is want I want. The factory offers two higher cheek pad inserts for a more traditional high shooting gun.
5.) If you don't like cleaning gas guns this is the auto for you. With a bit over 14,000 rounds through mine I pull then CT's out every 500-1000 shots for a cleaning: the bolt/trigger has been wiped down/relubed twice. They will run just about forever with minimum maintenance.
6.) If you get a deflector nub put on the gun make sure to have it installed on the edge of the receiver cover proper - not the barrel extension. Otherwise the bolt going forward will snap it right off.
If you're looking for a heavy, traditional style trap gun the SS isn't for you. If you like a lively, responsive, attack-the-target type gun it'll fit the bill.