I own three, all Belgium, a Grade I 308, a Grade II 30-06 and 300 Winchester Mag, all shoot great, never had a cycling problem, if you do you either didn't clean the gun right or loaded the magazine wrong. Very light recoil. They weight about 7 1/2 pounds W/O scope, the same as a Weatherby Vanguard. Get one you won't regret it. I use mine in New York State, can't use semi's in Pa. and will be taking the 300 out west. The BAR is a lot lighter than the 7mm Weatherby Accumark that I use out west.