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Old 01-01-2013, 10:41 AM
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Are there any i-bolt owners out there? Not a lot of info out there. Did the recall kill them?
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Old 01-01-2013, 03:59 PM
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They were stillborn ! S&W should stick to what they know , and that ain't bolt action rifles !
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Old 01-01-2013, 04:28 PM
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Did you own one or shoot one? Seems like a lot of gun for $300.
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Old 01-01-2013, 05:54 PM
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I have wondered the same myself. I speculate that one would find them extremely (extraordinarily?) similar to the T/C Venture or perhaps Icon apart from the stock.
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Old 01-01-2013, 06:06 PM
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Well I'm going to find out soon. Just bought one NIB with the recall handled. It even comes with a hard case. It's a 30-06 with the black stock.
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Good for you! I'd love to read a review once you get it. If you have, or can go handle, a T/C Venture, it'd be interesting to see whether it is true that they're essentially the same receiver and bbl in different stocks.
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:15 AM
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I will let you know what happens. Are they the same reciever? I know the icon reciever is different. The I-bolt is very similar to the LA Rem 700 reciever.
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Good for you! I'd love to read a review once you get it. If you have, or can go handle, a T/C Venture, it'd be interesting to see whether it is true that they're essentially the same receiver and bbl in different stocks.
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:29 PM
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AFAIK, the i-bolt, Venture, and Icon are all similar designs. This makes sense, inasmuch as S&W bought Thompson/Center a few (several?) years ago. I believe they're all a 3-lug bolt with a full-diameter body (Ruger's American is also this general design). I've only handled a couple of Icons & Ventures, and while they may not(?) be identical, they're clearly very, very similar in design. It seems to be a good design, and I always thought that Smith intended to put their own name on rifles again by utilizing T/C rifles with slightly different stocks & configurations. It obviously didn't work for them with the Smith & Wesson name, so they're just pushing T/C harder, I believe.

I would expect the i-bolt to be a very good gun, since I generally see very positive feedback about the Ventures & Icons.
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AFAIK, the i-bolt, Venture, and Icon are all similar designs. This makes sense, inasmuch as S&W bought Thompson/Center a few (several?) years ago. I believe they're all a 3-lug bolt with a full-diameter body (Ruger's American is also this general design). I've only handled a couple of Icons & Ventures, and while they may not(?) be identical, they're clearly very, very similar in design. It seems to be a good design, and I always thought that Smith intended to put their own name on rifles again by utilizing T/C rifles with slightly different stocks & configurations. It obviously didn't work for them with the Smith & Wesson name, so they're just pushing T/C harder, I believe.

I would expect the i-bolt to be a very good gun, since I generally see very positive feedback about the Ventures & Icons.
When Smith and Wesson decided to give the bolt action another try it was T/C they turned to for their barrels at least. T/C may have made the receivers also. I just got a new T/C Venture and it does have a full bodied, 3 lug bolt with a 2 position safety, and a polymer DM. I think MZ is correct in that S&W is pushing the T/C's more and given up on the I-bolt. The T/C custom shop is currently closed and they are revamping that as well. They've done quite a few Dealer Exclusive jobs lately which is what my gun is, only 500 of them made.
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Old 01-02-2013, 06:24 PM
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The only thing I know is it's a 3 lug, full diameter bolt with a 60 degree lift. A Timney trigger with a 3 position safety, and a TC "match grade" 5R rifled barrel. Can't wait to receive it. Probably the middle of next week, hopefully earlier.
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I don't about the trigger on my new Venture other than it's adjustable and mine has the 2 position safety, but everything else sounds just like it. That's pretty cool that it has a Timney on it ! Sounds like a really nice rifle, congrats on your new tool of the trade !
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Old 01-03-2013, 03:30 AM
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Thanks. For what I paid for it, I don't see a downside. Hopefully it's a shooter.
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Seems like forever, but the gun will be here tomorrow. The sellers shop is very busy. Every gun store I drive by is packed with people.
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:52 PM
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Seems like forever, but the gun will be here tomorrow. The sellers shop is very busy. Every gun store I drive by is packed with people.

Yeah, the Cheaper Than Dirt store isn't that far from me and on the news they said there were about 25 people lined up this morning before the store opened waiting to get in.
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:54 AM
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S&W came out with the I-bolt , before they bought T/C ! When that deal went through , having had a recall already on their I-bolt , they just dropped it and marketed the superior T/C gun . No they aren't the same , not even close , the I-bolt will fit into a Rem. 700 stock , as slik as you please ! So if you want a wood stock , you have options . The customer service from T/C nowadays , isn't even close to what they used to provide , when they were doing their own thing . Every time I order parts now , there's a hassle of some kind , usually open ended backorders , and surly people ! This was one of those mergers made in he!! .
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:46 PM
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I picked it up this afternoon. My initial impression is that it feels very nice in the hand. My hands are smaller than most and the thin grip area is very comfortable. It also has a more pronounced "pistol" grip than my Sako A7. For a plastic stock, the checkering actually provides grip. A lot more than my Sako. The barrel is stamped TC and the trigger is very, very nice. I need to clean it, lots of cosmoline or whatever they packed it in. I can't shoot it for a bit but initial impressions are very good. I think I could have done a lot worse for a grand total of $345. That's purchase + shipping + FFL fee
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Sounds great! How thick is the barrel, especially at the muzzle? Is it a lightweight barrel like a Ruger Hawkeye, or a bit heavier like at least many Rem 700s, or how is it?
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Let me get a mic on it tomorrow. I will say it is very slightly heavier than the barrel on my Sako A7


The i-Bolt’s 4140-carbon-steel light-profile barrel is button rifled. It measures 23 inches long, 1.205 inches in diameter at the chamber, and tapers down to .665 inch at the muzzle. The ream tolerances are +/- .00035 inch. This tight tolerance is what drives barrel performance and assures consistency from barrel to barrel and in bore and groove diameters. Barrels are pin or air gauged, depending on caliber.
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Sounds great! How thick is the barrel, especially at the muzzle? Is it a lightweight barrel like a Ruger Hawkeye, or a bit heavier like at least many Rem 700s, or how is it?

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Old 02-28-2013, 01:43 PM
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So, teacherboy, what's the latest with the gun? I'm looking for a cheap entrypoint gun, and this looks like a good one. What say ye?
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:49 PM
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I haven't shot it yet. Too much snow to get around the range. But initial impressions are very good. The trigger is outstanding. The bolt body is huge, feels odd at first when you cycle the action. The 60 degree bolt throw makes cocking the gun a bit stiffer but I doubt you'd notice it under hunting conditions. Not sure what the guns are packed in, but they need a very thorough cleaning when you get it. But I like it. I like how the stock fits me. I still think it's a lot of gun for under $350 to my door. The gun comes equipped with a 1 piece Weaver style ring base. Can't wait to shoot it.
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