I use a 2000 for deer (most recent buck is posted in the Trophy Room on this site), pheasants, turkey, doves, rabbit, and my freezer is full.
Stoeger is, in fact, a Benelli/Beretta product, manufactured in Turkey, not China. It is light, reliable, takes on all kinds of weather and is not expensive.
I keep one barrel rigged with a turkey choke, one barrel I use with a skeet choke for pheasant, and I use the cantilevered barrel for deer. I keep a Tasco ProPoint Red Dot permanently mounted on that fully rifled barrel, which accepts Weaver-type mounts.
You cannot tap the receiver of the 2000. You will need to get the cantilevered barrel - it will run in the $225.00 range. I believe that barrel is now discontinued, so act fast if you want one. I also have a (Belgian) Browning Light 12, a Browning Auto 5, a Benelli M3, and an Aya 20 ga. - all great guns.
I recommend the Stoeger 2000: it is a workhorse, no nonsense hunting gun. Safe and productive hunting, brothers.