hey it all depends on what you want to shoot and how.my favorite gun i own cost less then that price range and ive had it for 4 years now without a problem. its the stoeger condor. i also have a old remington model 11 and thats like the a5. i like using that because it holds 5 shots and its semi. a mosberg 500 pump is a great gun and can be found for under 250. the remington 870 exspress is a really reliable gun a little better made then the mossberg and a little lighter for under 350.
anyway the stoeger condor is a super great gun for the money. the safe goes on evertime you open the barrels so its a safe gun i love shotguns im kida doing what your doin now. im goin from shotguns to handguns