I 'd like to add a few thing to my previous post if I may. Prior to ordering this R-25 I read every thread, comment, test, review, post, and article I could find on the web including You Tube. To the point where I couldn't google anything that I hadn't read. The majority of it seemed to come from 2008, 2009, and 2010. Also I divided the info I read into 3 basic categories, nuetral, good, bad. I also took the following into concideration: Not knowing exactly how many of these rifles have been sold and, understanding that it is human nature to whine, moan, rant, and complain or vent when something isn't good or as "expected" vs. when it is good or as "expected". People will give voice to thier opinions more when things are not as expected vs. giving voice when things are right, good, or as expected. That can tend to skew the "total amount" of info on the web. Back to the riflle and some of the complaints I read.
The trigger. Yes mine is gritty and has a longer pull than most of my bolt actions. That said, the grttiness and pressure required is "predictable" and it does break clean in the same spot. The cool thing about being human is that I can adjust; and/or change it if I want. As is, I can get it to produce sub MOA groups @ 100 yds. with average hunting ammo.
Weight. At roughly 9.5 lbs. with scope it is very equal to the weight of my plastic/composite stocked Rem 7mm mag with scope. My take on "lugging this thing around the woods all day" is this: If your physical condition is so borderline that 1 single pound on either side of this weight is the differance between a successful hunt and/or complete physical failure then maybe you should re-evaluate your condition or hobby, not the rifle.
Noise from charging the weapon. Is charging the rifle loud? Yes. Would I do it when I got to my stand/blind or on a stalk just before I need to shoot? No. I will charge it at my truck or along the way to my hunting/stalking area and then carry it in the safe manner in which I was taught by my father and grandfather. Not really something to complain about, but it's out there.
Camo coating flaking or wearing thru in spots. So what! It's a tool, not a trophy. I don't have one rifle in my cabinet that isn't scratched, nicked, dented, gouged, or have some sort of wear on the finish, metal or wood. Hunting rifles get abused. They get laid on the ground, leaned against trees, rocks, fence post, and barbed wire. They fall over, fall off, fall down, slide off, slide down everything. They get dropped, kicked, tripped over, used to push brush out of the way, and handled poorly by airlines. They freeze and thaw, get rained on, snowed on, sleeted on. They meet with mud, sand, water, dirt, vegetation, and rock. A tool is purchased and used. A trophy is earned and looked at. I think this rifle will stand up to the abuse just fine.
Well there's a few views from my hunting perspective. Hope it helps.
If you want to know my reasons for purchasing this rifle, here you go.
1) The one not so bright hog in the group.
2) Semi-auto with accuracy
That's right. You know that hog. It runs 10-15 yards and then stops to figure out what the heck just happened when you busted his buddys butt and then busts you because you have to go thru the process of cycling a bolt/lever to get on him. Add semi-auto and, well, Mr. Not So Bright is going to have a rough day.