re: New to the OB- Buying a Shotgun (Posted on 10/9/12 at 2:17 pm to Meauxjeaux)
You could get the Remington 870 with the 18" barrel and 4 round mag tube. I bought mine this summer for about $360 total. And now looking at it, it looks like price has gone down some. If I ever want to go shoot skeet, I just borrow my dad's 26" 870 barrel. Having the ability to change barrels would be perfect for you.
I also strongly recommend 00 Buck or #1 Buck for home defense. I have 5 3" magnum buckshot rounds ready to rumble.