I purchased a Stoeger 2000 about a month ago, and have put about 500 or more rounds through it so far. One of my sporting clay shooting buddies has a Benelli M1, and the two guns are very similiar. The Benelli has a bit better fit and finish, and the recoil spring is different, but other than that they shoot almost the same. The 2000 (like the Benelli M1 and SBE) uses recoil to cycle, so they do kick a bit more than some gas autoloaders. I installed a limb saver recoil pad made to fit the Benelli M1 and SBE (it's almost an exact fit) on the 2000, and that really tamed the felt recoil of the gun while shooting sporting clays.oleviking said:I just looked at a new Stoeger 2000, can be had for $350, what do you think? Is this a reliable weapon for clays, skeet, etc?