Well, you've asked, so here goes. I have handled a T/C Venture and was very disappointed in the build quality. The bolt was stiff and the rifle has way too much plastic for my tastes. I've handled a Browning X-Bolt and although I'm still a bigger fan of the older A-Bolt, the X-Bolt is a much nicer rifle than the Venture IMHO. Now, the T/C Icon is a higher grade gun than the Venture, by a good bit IMO and with the sale prices and rebates available on them, I'd look at one of the Icons way before I'd settle for a Venture. Have you looked at the Icons at all? A friend of mine just got one and after the rebate is applied he's getting a blue/walnut Icon for about $470. total NIB.
There can be too much of a good thing with antler rattling.
I like to hit the horns together for a good 30- to 40-second rattling sequence and then hang them up and resist the urge to hit them again.
This works to the hunter's advantage, because if a buck has heard it, he may have been 300 or 400 yards away and he comes in and he's not exactly sure where it came from.
When finally is time to rattle again throw a slight change-up into the routine.
The second time, don't rattle as loud...