Remington has recently released some 'different' 1100s in the $6-700 price range, at least at Gander Mountain. They don't say anything; Sportsman, etc. on them other than Remington 1100. Satin - not Express gravel - finish on stock and metal. I looked at several and they looked like a decent deal for the money. The Sporting Models are very nicely finished, but expensive.
The price of shooting, especially if you want to look at least a little good doing it, has gone up considerably.