I'd go mossberg or did that is. I own three. Dead reliable. One of them has about 4000 rds through it without a hitch.
My second would be the Remi 870. Quality is high in most cases, but, I'd check the chamber in it though, because I've seen two of the newer 870's that had ruff chambers. All they needed was a very little polish to stop the cases from sticking, but it's worth checking.
The Mossy is tuffer and easier to load. The Remi is smoother and maybe slightly fast but only a little.
There are several good guns it your price range, but I know these two the best.
Good luck Boomer
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