Now before you cry treason hear me out on this. The reason why I selected those two brands over other guns some of which I agree are better, like Benelli, is because they are more simple. They may not be the smoothest or the fanciest but they are really simple to maintain. I have owned and do own a few shotguns, and I have shot a quite a few more. There are some great guns out there, but for a newer gun owner or just a first time shotgun owner these two brands make a good solid gun that is easy to take apart and clean, and most importantly are incredibly reliable . I am not saying that these are the best brands, but to you they actually might be, I am just saying that they are good solid brands that will help give you an idea of what you may want in the future.
Recently a few buddies and I were out shooting shoguns and got into a bit of a competition; like you do with alpha male types. I had forgotten my shotgun that day so I was using a friends Benelli pump and it shot so good. However what I like about the Remington and Mossberg is how few of moving parts there are inside of them, the Benelli was super smooth and shot so good, but to make it that smooth there were hundreds if moving parts inside as opposed to a few dozen with the other brands. There are fewer things to go wrong with the products I am suggesting.
Why this is important is while out shooting clays are fun, most people buy a shotgun with home defense in mind. While most will never have to use it for that, they like knowing they have the option. Most will spend their time shooting clay pigeons and that is great. My point is why would you buy a shotgun, like the Benelli, with home defense in mind and run the risk of having one of the many more moving parts in the Benelli go bad in a situation when you need it. This is classic a K.I.S.S. (keep it simple stupid) model.
Mossberg and Remington pump shotguns run between $200-$350, not something that will break t.he bank. So if you really like shooting clays or other styles of shotgun shooting then also invest in a nicer shooting shotgun and use the Remington or Mossberg as a dedicated home defense gun.