Honestly? I picked up a Mossberg 500 for less than $150 used. Look out for the used market. It's much more accommodating to the patient buyer than you think.
If you want new: I suggest the Maverick 88 just because I prefer the 500, myself. But if you like the 870 more? The NEF is a better choice.
-liberal gun nut = exception to the rule-
-1.24274238 miles, because Russians don't need scopes-
-Gun control was the Klan's favorite law, how can you advocate a set of laws designed to allow the denigration of a people?-