Hello New York Hunter, I'm sure you will really like a BAR. I bought two this year, one for my dad and while I was working up a load for it I realized I was going to have to get one for myself. These guns, both 30-06's are a real pleasure to shoot, accuracy is great, recoil is very soft and reliability is flawless.
My dads gun is a MK-II Lightweight, it has walnut stocks, an alloy receiver, factory sights and a 20" barrel. I mounted a compact 3-9 T/C scope in Weaver bases and rings, dad swears his BAR is lighter than his old Ruger M77 270.
My BAR is a MK-II Safari, it has walnut stocks, steel receiver, no sights and a 22" barrel. I mounted a Leupold 3-9 Century Limited Edition scope in a one piece Leupold base with Leupold low rings. My gun is noticeably heavier than my dads, but no more heavy than alot of other hunting rifles I've handled.
I bought both of these guns used but in like new condition for less than the price of a new Remington auto. Our BAR's accounted for four deer this year, two apiece!