Now, let me be perfectly honest: I didn't expect to love this gun for hunting. The Mossberg bolts I've shot in the past have been accurate enough, but not much more than that, and the fact that this one takes an AR magazine does little for me personally. But this rifle won me over. Though affordable (around $650 real-world), it does not feel at all cheap; on the contrary, it is a solid, tight gun. Though a tad heavy at 8 pounds, it is compact and quite handy. (The 20-inch-medium-barrel version weighs a pound less.) At the shooting range on the day before the hunt, all five or six of the rifles we shot (with only one brand of ammo, mind you) turned in 1.5 MOA or better groups. And during what turned out to be a very tough hunt, with brutal weather, the gun proved both rugged and reliable.