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.
Everyone has different ideas about trophy pictures. Looks around and you will see "long armers," "set behinders," "big cheesers," and "blood covered brutes." I have a few tips to keep your trophy pictures from being laughers or worse yet just plain gross.
#1 Clean it up. Try to avoid bullet holes, gut pile, mass amounts of blood, and the tongue sticking out. You don't want your big buck to look like a angry 1st grader with his tongue out or a MMA fighter during the 3 round.
#2 Long arming...