I bought a Stoeger a while ago off the internet. I got it dirt cheap so I figured if I don't like it I can make money on the deal. I was initially going to buy an SBE II but a new furnace takes priority. In no way is a comparable gun, but for the money I think its a fine gun. There are certainly better manufactured auto-loaders out there and you'll pay a bit more for them too.
I have yet to duck hunt with it but I've shot numerous rounds threw it. I did have a couple of hang-ups but after talking with some people it was my fault. I did not clean the packing grease off it. Since then I have not had a single problem.
I think it points and handles very well. The synthetic model is on the light side so recoil is a little more noticeable. After about 200 shells at clays, my shoulder did get a little tender. I bought a Limb Saver recoil pad and have yet to put it on. Others have raved about the pad.
Just my opinion,
Rest in peace my friend... Mocha- Jan 20th, 2001-Feb 1st, 2009.