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Tactical shotgun - medium range defense

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I have an old 870 to which I added a 7 shot magazine tube and 18 1/2 barrel with no choke. The front sight is a bead. This will do anything I need it to. However, I have an itch for an upgraded version. What do you recommend? It seems like every manufacturer has at least one plus a dozen aftermarket outfits - which are worth their salt?

I know that I could upgrade my current gun but once you add side saddles, a new finish, new stocks, new sights, a light mount, etc. you are close to the cost of a new gun - only you still have an old gun. It may be the functional equivalent (or even superior) but it isn't nearly as cool as a new toy, is it?

I don't care b/w pump or semi-auto but it needs to be reasonably affordable ($700-800 max). This will be my medium range gun, taking the place of what most of you might use an AR for. I have a 30.06 for long range, should that ever be needed (seems pretty unlikely). Given my set up, I might need something more powerful than a handgun but probably not out beyond 100 yards. I am not terribly keen on a pistol caliber carbine but am open to suggestions.

I want something that looks like a shotgun though - no Saigas.
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I have looked hard at the Supernova. Benelli has a few other very, very cool offerings too. I like the magazine disconnect feature on the Supernova and have a hunting Nova already, so there is some familiarity of arms. Ditto the 870 Tactical. I do like the appearance of a pistol grip but haven't much experience with it in usage.

I'm still on the fence about weapon mounted lights. I understand the purpose but the objections are two-fold: a) you have to point your weapon at what may not be a target in order to identify it; and b) it is not easily separated should I still need the light but not the weapon.

Nothing wrong with a Saiga. I just don't want one. it is much easier to explain a traditional, police-type gun to a jury than something which looks like a Saiga. You and I understand that there are few practical distinctions but a prosecutor/jury might not always get it. Recall the AWB? All about cosmetics.
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