I read a favorable review on the SA-08 about two years. I'm guessing, some shooters may object to the power level selector. Yet, the Remington super-mag has a similar thing with their barrel seal activator and nobody seems to care. The review's author opined that, at $499, it was a good value for a Turkish made, entry level shotgun. The problem is, Weatherby's MSRP is now $799! So, if you decide on one, shop around.
I agree with you, I prefer wood on a shotgun. IMHO, the wood shown on the Weatherby site's SA-08 is not even close to the old school Weatherby guns.