On the recommendation of a friend of mine I was pointed in the direction of a Norinco Shotgun, the Interstate Arms 982.
To quote someone else:
The Norinco 982 is a better and improved version of the 870 Express.
Smoother action right of the box than the Express
Excellent ghost ring sights - None offered on the Express
Machined extractor and ejector - MIM parts on the Express
Metal trigger guard - Plastic on the Express
Parkerized finish - rough blue on the Express
Better designed shell lifter on the Norinco than the one on the 870 shotguns
With a tube ext on 18.5" barrel 7+1 capacity - With tube ext on the Express with a 18" barrel 6+1
Room to put a mount for a flashlight above the fore end on the shotgun mag tube - not so on the Express, it has to be mounted on the tube ext and remove each time you break the shotgun down, which is a pain.
I got mine for $200 + Tax and I think that it's priced WELL under what it ought to be. And before you get on the "but it's Chinese" bandwagon, consider Norinco's reputation on the 1911, M1A, SKS, & AK.
These will not be $200 for long, get good while the gettin's good.
I haven't gotten to shoot it yet, and while it's not quite as smooth as a $400+ Remington, I think that it has a DAMN good bang-for-buck ratio. Perfect for keeping in the trunk of your car or what have you.
The ghost ring sights are solid and it'll accept any 870 accessories except barrels.
Now just to put a $1,000 worth of accessories on my $200 gun...
ETA: It also came with a shorter youth stock (which I wanted as I think that most shotguns stocks are too long) with a healthy rubber pad.