I agree with you, the Stoeger is OK and a good gun...
I had one pre Benelli/Ubreti deal....
Out of the box ...it had some kinda mystery wood ( South American Hardwood ) I never like the light finish.
the extractor had machining burrs and needed cleaning up.
and was stiff to open but again a bit of polishing and it open nicely.
I also had to polish the chambers to get the hulls to drop out reliably.
No more than 30 or 40 minutes total labor though for it all.
The Baikal ( EAA Import ) pre Remington we had was very stiff , so much so you almost had to break it over your thigh.
It also would not say open all the way unless you held it, this problem was polished out along with the stiffness.
This thing is built like a tank it responded to polishing well , however it took a while longer (hard steel)
The chambers did not require any work really, but got some anyway.
The Russian gun had external hammers & a safety , the Brazilian Gun has internal hammers and an automatic safety.
For CAS I defeated the Auto function of the Stoeger safety...
Once the minor work was done both Guns worked fine...
Either will serve you quite well.... but the best testimonial for me
is " would I buy another one "
No probably not
... but I would buy another TTn Mule Hammered SXS