|The Benelli Super Black Eagle II|
A few things to keep in mind first. The price of the shotgun will vary greatly based the options you want, for example, a camo stock is going to cost more than plain wood or black composite. The finish of the barrel, length of the barrel, , the gauge (20, 12, or 10?) and type of action will vary the cost. The popular choice lately is the semi-automatic, but again it will be much more costly than a pump action. These may be some good details to "fish" out of the person you are buying for before you begin!
|Remingtion Model 870 Express|
Another good choice in the $300 to $600 range is the Mossberg 835, 935, or 500. These shotguns are all very similar in features and price. I am most familiar with the model 835, which was my first 12 gauge shotgun is still my favorite shotgun. It has been a great all around gun for waterfowl, turkey, and upland game. I love that it is chambered for 3 and 1/2 inch shells, giving me the power for larger birds. I would put it right up there with the Remington 870. I think you might find it a little cheaper priced than the Remington as well.
|Mossberg Model 935|
|Benelli Super Nova (pump action)|
Browning is another brand that is rubbing elbows with Benelli, and happens to be my favorite gun-maker. If I was looking to buy a pump action shotgun and had the money on hand I would be after the BPS Hunter, which runs from $660 to $900. Browning also carries a fine line of semi-auto shotguns that you will find similarly priced to the Benelli semi-autos. So if it's a semi-auto you are after, be prepared to spend near if not over $1,000. But man are they worth it!
|Browning Silver Hunter|