Originally Posted by John_Deer
You can't have double barrel and on a budget in the same sentence. Unless you want some POS. If price is your main consideration get a well made pump shotgun. Ignore all the Chinese and Filipino crap. Find a decent American made gun like a Mossberg, Maverick or Remington. Since most people that buy a shotgun for home defense don't shoot it enough to break it in (200 rounds) I would suggest a Maverick 88 with an extended magazine tube. Just a plain Maverick 88 will do most of the time. But in the event of something like the Rodney King riots the 8 shot magazine could be a life saver.
Not entirely true on the double barrel comment. One can pick up a used (they are no longer made) Stevens 311 double for around $300 or so, and cut it down. $300 to $400 is cheap for most doubles. Why anyone would want one for HD is beyond me, but hey, to each their own.
Plus one on the Maverick recommendation JD. GD, if you are willing to go used, you can pick up an 870 or 500 for about the cost of a new Maverick 88. If you check into the 88 however, you will find that it is the same basic shotgun as the 500 with only a few minor differences. I had my 88 for close to 2 decades before I gave it to a friend's son so he could go hunting with his dad. In the entire time I had it, the only malfunction I had was a hang up issue with the action bar (mine was an older model with the single bar, the newer ones are double bar) which I fixed with a smithing stone and a bluing kit. That was after 10 years of use by mt father and myself.
The only other issue it had was a rash of light strikes while my friend was trying it out with his son. I broke out the cleaning kit, and field stripped the shotgun over at my truck, and found the problem. He had forgotten to remove the excess oil from some of the internals, mainly the bolt. Since I had not used it in 2 years, I had oiled it for long term storage. Break out the solvent, and lightly re-oil, good as new.
As JD and a few others have recommended, check into the Maverick 88. It is a good shotgun for the money.