If you've got the coin for one of those two options, I doubt you'll be disappointed by either. I have to say the Icon "feels" exactly the way I like a big game rifle to feel. Then again, so does the current production M70, but I respect that you're going to choose from one or the other of the two you listed. Please be sure to report back on which one you get and how it suits you, after you've shot it.
I had it narrowed down to the Vanguard & Icon last year in .308 , bought the Icon.
It shoots great , my ONLY complaint is that the mold I waited months for that cast a flat nose bullet & the bullet will not feed in the Icon.
It shoots 165 Remington corelock handloads just under an inch 5 shot groups & is what is going out deer hunting this year.
for range work get a single shot adapter if they make it for 7mm mag , it slips into the detachable mag & you just lay your round on it & feeds it right in ( unless it is a flat nose ).
I bought this rifle to use as a hunter class ( light production class ) cast bullet rifle & also to take the place of the Sako .270 I had to give up to get it . It is shooting a 311299 Lyman NICE , just need to do a little more testing with seating depth & primers IT IS A SHOOTER.
I did miss that .270 yesterday while trying to hunt speedgoats with a muzzleloader.
I just bought the weatherby vanguard 7mm mag for myself love the rifle the trigger wasnt to sporty tho eplaced it witha timney trigger that was my on prefernce tho.The moa are the results of they take the best barrels from the vanguard see the moa will group them 1 inch or less my vanguard will do it in a 1 and half inch.Dont know about the Tc but the weatherby is simply a fine production rifle and probaly always will be i love mine. I use the federal power shok 150 gr in mine and it groups them in 1 and a quarter inch at a 100 yrds. hope this was helpful,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Joe
Based on my recent experience with a new Howa 1500 (same factory and actions as the Vangard) I'd say you can't go wrong there. Still, I WANT an Icon. Handle both and see which feels better in you hands and on your shoulder,
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