The Sporter, at 8 pounds 13 ounces scoped, kicks hard when shot off the bench. But from field positions that one would employ while hunting, it is quite manageable, at least with short strings of fire. The rifle carries, balances, and cycles well. The generously sized loading port is easy to access with individual rounds should you run the magazine dry. The bolt runs effortlessly when the rifle is shouldered, making for fast follow-up shots. And the Sporter loads, fires, extracts, and ejects as smoothly as you would expect for the price ($3,499).