Can't beat an 870! Especially if you can get a good deal on a Wingmaster! Benelli Nova, Mossberg 500 (not my favorite), and Browning BPS are all very good guns! I would suggest going to a local gun store and handling several different firearms, and see which fits you the best!
I grew up hunting with a Mossy 500, it never failed me once. I went to a BPS 10 mag and hunted with it for years, it never failed me once. I have an 870 tactical that has never failed either. Do you like pumps or semi's?
The Weatherby PA-08 or the SA-08 supposed to be outstanding guns. Only drawback is you have to manually adjust the SA for light or heavy loads. I wouldn't touch a Mossberg with a 60' pole...never saw a newer model that actually works correctly.
I got a 80% condition Rem 453 (Baikal 153) that needed a good cleaning at a pawn shop for $200 and I'll tell you it aint pretty, but it goes bang bang bang every time. It hardly kicks and mine cycles 3 1/2s all the way down to 2 3/4 1 oz loads without adjustment. Well worth the money
If you go with remington go with an older 870 or a wingmaster. Just bought a new express and it had failure to eject straight out of the box.... Sent it in the replaced the barrell and bolt, got it back and same thing..... But on the other hand i have had a wingmaster for years that wont fail.. but it only shoots 2 3/4. I have been in your price range several times ( i have owned and sold many shotguns) my biggest advice is put the $600 away in an envelope and keep saving until you have about a grand. Then go buy a benelli. M2 american series or sbe11 american. As soon as you pull the trigger and buy a cheap gun you will most likely regret it if your anything like me.
aunt betty wrote:I bought my Beretta AL390 for $450. Point is...you don't have to "settle" for a cheap shotgun. If you shop around and know what you're looking for you can find a good expensive shotgun for cheap.
Only problem with the 390 series is you'll have to rebuild them at ~200,000 rounds. Have two of 'em so I'll report back in a few years.
The 870 is an excellent gun, I've had one since 1970. It has a 26" IC and 28" Mod barrel. I also own two 1100's, they were bought with fixed choke barrels also. I have 3" steel Hasting barrels for them. I also shoot a Mossy 935 and an Excell. The Excell is an auto similiar to the 1100 but with all the parts that break on the 1100 gone. I paid $300 for it at Academy. It takes the Rem chokes. Trap shooters had shot 1200 rounds thru them when I bought it 3 yrs ago this fall. It is an excellent shotgun. Jon