For all my knowledge and experience with life (hahahaha), I know next to nothing about shotguns other than I'd like to have one for fun and HD. I looked at at 870 that seemed to fit my needs (18 in barrel, all synthetic, etc), but it was $350. Have NO idea if that is a decent price or not, but it was at a local store that has incredible markups...so nuff said. Only kicker, the thing that I'd really like and isn't available in stores around here (may not be avail all???), is that I'd like a left hand model. Any thoughts/advice? Thanks!