Does it have to be new?
Maybe we don't make many SXSs anymore but we used to make some very fine doubles in this country. Many are available. You could look into those. Try Parker, L.C. Smith, Fox/ Sterlingworth, LeFever, Ithaca.
You don't say what "middle of the road" means to you but many of these can be had in field ready condition for well under $1K and will probably outlast you.
"Only hunting and mountain climbing are sports. The rest are just games." - R.Ruark
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