Re: opinion on Stoeger Side by Side shotguns
I have shot several over the last 10 years, and seen many more. They are widely used in CAS, and though robust they do have a couple of problems. I don't think either would manifest themselves with the normal handling a life of hunting/sport clay shooting would impose.
The firing pins will begin to mushroom after 2500-3000 rounds. Not too difficult to replace and there are some better aftermarket ones available now. The other thing is we Cowboy shooters are pretty rough on guns.We run them a lot harder than normal. The shotgun is loaded and reloaded on the clock. They are opened and closed rather hard, causing a lot of stress on the barrel lugs. These lugs will sometimes develope hairline cracks rendering the gun pretty much useless. If it has had an action job they will not warranty the gun and you are left with a bag of spare parts.
Again, I doubt seriously that you would ever encounter these problems in normal usage. The overall performance, when weighed against the initial cost makes these a true bargain. I see the Uplander model, 26 inch barrels with screw chokes going for around 400 new.