Maybe it wasn't meant to be. Heck, I don't need an 870P but I want one. If that price is available, should I jump on it or are there better deals to be found (easily) if I'm patient?
There's one for $430, right now, on StormGewehr.
A couple years back, I picked up a great Rem 11-87 P from a sheriff's deputy. Found that I preferred the pump-action, personally, so I ended up selling it. The ad was on GunBroker. There are a few 870P's for under $500, now and then. I just saw an 870P go for $300 earlier in the month, over on GlockTalk.
Check Gunbroker.com, GunsAmerica, EliteDealSeaker.com.
And, at some point, Bud's will get their inventory system back in place.
Today, I held my first Benelli M4...this may be my departure from the world of Remington for my defensive needs. I've always believed in my trusty 870, but this M4 is a whole new breed of semi-auto. I'm testing it for the next week, and I'll let you know how it goes. The jury says I'll be back with my 870 at the end of the week, but we'll see...