I would like to say that I am a happy new owner of a Stoeger 2000. As a waterfowl hunter, I purchased the black, synthetic version. It will soon wear a professional camo finish. (Never liked factory gun wraps).
After much research I was able to get an idea of what the real issues were and what problems were the result of user error, and I decided the S2000 was a good choice. After purchasing the shotgun, a can of gun scrubber, and some CLP, I gave it a good, detailed cleaning.
I shot 100 rounds of estate 1 1/8oz and remington STS 1 1/8oz re-loads, loading them into the chamber, one at a time, as I would at the trap range. Not much can go wrong. I did not suffer from any mis-fires, jams, or failures to extract.
After 100 rounds I shot another 50, with one failure to chamber, where the bolt did not fall completely forewards. I would consider the gun to not be broken in.
The next day, I took it to the trap range, and shot another 75 rounds. That is where one of my biggest complaints comes in with this weapon. It's lack of shims or ability to adjust the synthetic stock forces me, the shooter to adjust. I will try using the modified benelli shims and see how they work.
After shooting trap, myself, and some of the members of the trap team went to shoot recreationally. In pouring rain, the weapon cycled flawlessly with the exception of low velocity, 1 oz loads.
After 75 more rounds, I went to reload, pulled the bolt back and the extractor fell into my hand. The screw was NOWHERE to be found. It seems I am not the first person to have this problem, and I just don't get why it hasn't been fixed with some loc-tite. Had this happened at the gun club, it would have drawn major skepticism to the design and damaged the reputation of Stoeger. I have rarely seen a part fall off of a gun with fewer than 1,000 rounds through it.
Fortunately, I can still shoot trap as I only need one round. I called CS and they said a replacement is on its way. Holding for 5 minutes was not bad, however, it is the longest I've been on hold with a gun manufacture. I have dealt with many other manufactures and Benelli didn't seem to want to impress me. They just did their thing and I'm ok with that. UN-fortunately, it's a single-shot. I bought a semi-automatic and intended to take every advangage I had of that feature, for now, I can't.
Overall, I absolutely LOVE this weapon. I think it would be much more successful if it was equipped with shims for adjustable drop and comb, and the torx screw on the ejector was loc-tited. After removing the bolt handle, I am HORRIFIED that it is going to fall off in the field. Definately going to order a spare and hide it in the stock.
Would I reccomend this gun to others? Most definately.