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I have exactly the same scenario you do and gave my wife my 1100 20 gauge youth model I used when I was a little kid. It fits her perfectly with no need to cut down or change anything.

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My wife did not like the autoloader, too many moving parts. She shoots a 12ga beretta with an adjustableft but pad and a big kickeez pad on it. It was fitted to her, so the recoil is minimal. Also the load is as huge factor, I build her one once loads for all of her trap shooting. .. singles, handicap and doubles

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When my wife wanted a shotgun for Sporting Clays I built her a Remington 1100 with a shorter stock, and a shorter, ported barrel, in 12 gauge. She had been shooting a Winchester 97 some with a 20" barrel and decided she wanted a 12 gauge instead of handicapping herself with a 20 gauge. The 1100 worked well for her, but we discovered she had a problem with clay targets that were moving (don't they all). we found out her master eye was her left eye, but she was so right handed she couldn't wipe her butt with her left hand. She was never able to become a really good shot with a shotgun. Rifles and handguns didn't cause any problems for her, but with a shotgun, fit is everything.. You can always buy 'feather lite' shotgun shells in 12 gauge for less recoil, you can also reload your own, and load them lighter if recoil is a problem.

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the A400 with the blue receiver is nice. Around $1600 new. I have it in 12ga.

handled one in 20ga. nice & light . points nice . don't notice the recoil in my

12ga. 1 1/8 oz clays loads.

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I recently bought a Beretta Silver for my sister. it is a 12g with the long barrels with fixed mod chokes. It has low recoil and nice handling so I like to recommend you this also for your wife.

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1100 or 1187. Parts are cheap. Stock are cheap to cut on. Recoil is easy. Barrels can be bought for less than what it costs for chokes. 

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