I own the Mark V 7 MM Weatherby Mag with a muzzle brake. The recoil is stout, but manageable. Definitely, not a bench gun unless you are using a sled or a thick recoil pad. It will take out anything in North America. Weighs 8 lbs w/o a scope. Personally, there are excellent alternatives such as the Sako A7, the Browning X-Bolt, Tikka T3 Hunter, and the Steyr Pro Hunter. You may also want to consider a 7 mm Rem Mag. Not sure the extra powder in the Wby Mag is worth the extra recoil? Good Luck and thanks for your service to our country.