I have 5 Remingtons and a Browning. I have owned probably one of everything, except a Benelli. Didn't need to actually own one to know I didn't want one. I do not know that my favorite is going to make much difference to you. I am 6'1", 225 pounds, 63 years old, and I have tried a LOT of shotguns.
A semi auto or a pump will get you afield with the ability to bag game for less money than a 2 barreled gun. A pump is the least expensive way to go, and what most of you really want to know is how little can I get by spending.
Remington 870, or a Mossberg, or a Nova will suffice. Pump guns are like Crescent wrenches - they work without giving you the warm fuzzy feeling you get from watching Erin talk about football. Debating the merits of the various ones is an endless past time on gun forums.
What could have happened... did.