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Old 02-05-2010, 09:47 AM
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I have my eye on a Thompson Center Venture.
One can pick one up in a 22/250 with a 24" barrel and 60 degree bolt lift.
I like that it would be similar to a Browning A-Bolt in that regard.

Anyone own a Venture? Seem like a decent rifle. Curious cause I would rather know of any bugs with them now before I put some money down on it.
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Old 02-05-2010, 10:33 AM
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The current rifleshooter magazine, ( march/ april I believe ) does o review of this rifle in .270 Win. Judging by that article, I'd buy the rifle and the cartridge! I'd never send the test rifle back!
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Old 02-05-2010, 10:42 AM
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IMHO, they are too heavy and feel clumsy.
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Old 02-05-2010, 10:44 AM
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I just bought a TC Venture a few weeks ago. It is chambered in 270 Win. I really like the gun. My handloads shoot great in it. Mine shoots well below the 1 moa guarantee. The last group I shot with it measured less than 3/4 of an inch with 5 shots. That was the 4th load I tried in the gun and the last for a 130 grain Hornady SST.

I did buy a box of factory loaded Remington Core Locks but I just used then to set the scope. 3 shots and thats it. My son did shot some of the factory loads. I have no clue how good the factory loads shoot because I just used them to sight the gun in.

The trigger was about 3.5 lbs and had some creep in it. I followed the directions that came with the gun and lowered the pull a little. The instructions said that the length of pull was not adjustable. However it actually is easily adjusted. If you buy one and have a lot of creep just shoot me a e-mail and I will be happy to take some pics of how to adjust the creep. You can adjust it with a allen wrench and a pair of needle nose pliers. Mine now has zero creep and breaks around 2.5 pounds.

The safety feels a little cheap but works well. 2 position safety like the remington but looks to be made of plastic. The 3 lug bolt looks to be very strong but when you cycle a round into the chamber you need to do it quick or firm because of you way the bolt face holds onto the bullet. You have to use a little pressure if you try to easy a bullet into the chamber. I figure it will get easier with use. I have only shot it like 50 times.

It has a 60 degree bolt throw and a detachable box magazine. The mag is made of plastic as well or something of the sort. I like the single stack magazine. It came with metal sling studs. Decent recoil pad. The stock is black plastic with grey grips. Looks better that the all black of other guns. IMO.

I am extremely pleased with the Venture. Unless something happens in the future with it I would say it is well worth the money I spent on in. I paid $442 for it including tax. I have less than $600 in it and a Nikon 3-9x40 Nikon Prostaff. And I have a gun that shoots well below 1 inch at 100 yards. It shoots just as good, if not better than my Remington 700 BDL SS DM chambered in 25-06.

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Old 02-05-2010, 11:01 AM
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Thanks for the info.

Im not real hot on the idea of plastics and the like, but I realize they can be made very durable. My concern would be life aftrer 10 years or so. Another is it gets cold here in the winter and this will be my coyote rifle. My 257 is just too hard on the pelts.

Ive narrowed it down between the TC and a Vanguard.
The TC runs about 450 and the Vanguard runs bout 425. Guess I just dont like the fact the Vanguard is made in Asia. I would rather buy a rifle from here. The Remy is a little out of my budget.

Im on the fence on this one.
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Old 02-05-2010, 11:31 AM
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I was in your same situation a month ago. I read a bunch of reviews and decided on the Venture. I bought mine sight unseen. I never buy a gun unless I can hold it in my hands first. This was the first and I was not dissapointed.

I think the mag is some sort of composit. I really doubt you will have a problem with it breaking. The safety could be made of something else I have no clue. I would bet that it will not break. Only the top of the safety sticks up above the stock. I really don't see how it could break. If it does it will be fixed by Thompson Center.

The Venture has a 1 moa guarantee. I think the Vanguard is 1.5 moa. I could be wrong on the Vanguard.

I doubt it will be junk in 10 years. Mine will take the place of the 25-06 as my truck gun. It has rode around in the back seat of my truck for at least 10 years and it still looks new. If the Venture gets beat up I will just Dura Coat it and forget it.

Let me know what you decide.

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Old 02-13-2010, 11:11 AM
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Im going to go with the TC.
I see the mag is composite like other mags on some other rifles and they seem to do well. Ive read a number of positive user reviews on the Venture here and there.
When the rifle comes in I will see what it shoots like.
Now to try and find some brass and IMR 8208.
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Old 12-17-2012, 03:46 PM
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T/C Venture 22-250

I have a Thompson 22-250 it's a really good gun but I am actually trying to sell it right now. No bugs that I have noticed with it.
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