It pays off in the long run. I wasn't lying about being on top of the leaderboard most of the time when using it.
I struggled a bit on Cherry Blossom, but it became very comfortable to me. I am enjoying all of the ARs in this game so far, each seems to have its own quirks.
I started out on TDM when i first got the game and my go to weapon was the FAL it was the first weapon i prestiged to max and it was a beast. I moved straight on to the SMR. Its not as good as the Fal IMO but still got the job done in TDM.
I play more KC now so dont really use either of these weapons anymore....its seems i like running around with SMG's and shotguns at the moment (which i never thought i would do).
I need 1 more headshot to complete all the headshot challenges for the SMR then its on to the Bloodthirsty challenges!
I think that the mobility of this gun really does not help with trying to get bloodthirsty, still experimenting with some set ups to make myself a little faster with it. All headshots completed, I can deal with no attachments as it goes quicker than youd think but bloodthirsty? with this reload time and limited mobility? That's gonna be a *****