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Pros and Cons

Hi i am an experienced hunter, but not so experienced when it comes to guns and types of guns, i have been doing some research and have a list of some guns im looking into, im more going for the pros and cons of the company not the caliber as im not 100% sure what caliber to go yet. The companies i have it narrowed down to are:

Thompson/Center Icon
Weatherby Vanguard
Smith and Wesson I-Bolt
Sako 85
Savage

Just wondering if people have pros and cons of any of these and what people think about these 5 and what would they buy.
I appreciate the help.
Cheers

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Re: Pros and Cons

Welcome to BGH!

Never ued most of those but have had some wonderful Sako's years past. I believe they are awful expensive today. Weather Vanguard is made by Howa and the ones I've seen, both Vanguards and Howa's were nice rifles. I've liked the Vanguards since they came out, only Weatherby's I ever liked. My experience with Savage centerfire rifles is limited to the old mod 110. Pertty plain but great shooter. I do understand that the Saqvages are fairly easy to switch barrels on and your can even change the bolt to something different. Maybe from 30-06 haed size to belted magnum? Someone will catch that if it's wrong. I doubt you'd have much trouble with any of those companies, you wouldn't with most.

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Re: Pros and Cons

I own both a Thompson Pro Hunter and a Sako A5 and for the money the Encore is the way to go it's the most accurate rifle I own, if you decide on a Thompson buy the Pro Hunter model its a great rifle! Sako's are beautiful and very nice high quality rifles but if you're looking for a workhorse you can't beat the Stainless synthetic combo on the Thompson Pro Hunter plus you have the option of swapping out barrels for different calibers with the Thompson.

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Ok thank you very much for your info.

i also noticed the Pro Hunter and the interchangable barrels. your experience with those has been really good? out of any Savage you would go with the Pro Hunter?

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The only Savage rifles I own are Varmint Models, The Pro Hunter I have is in 300 Win Mag and it's one of my favorite big game rifles. I put a Trijicon 3.10x56mm Scope on top and it shoots 1inch groups at 100yrds all day long with Federal 180gr power shock factory ammo. The rifle has a 26inch Stainless fluted barrel and a wonderful trigger that is around 4lbs from the factory. The Pro Hunter is in my opinion a higher quality rifle than anything Savage makes in a hunting platform. Thompson's design is simple and very strong, accurate and handy. I took my Pro Hunter Elk hunting this year over on the Olympic Peninsula and it go rained on each day of the season and never showed any rust spots I'm very pleased with its accuracy and it's versatility, I would recommend buying one you will never regret it.

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Okay thank you very much. i was reading some reviews and everyone said the same thing as you did, but then 1 guy said how the accuracy was shit at like 200 yards he couldnt get better then a 5inch grouping.

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Well If you buy the Pro Hunter you get a 26inch hammer forged Heavy bull barrel with a good trigger they are known for accuracy, maybe that 1 guy can't shoot or maybe his scope was crap could be a lot of things went wrong in that specific case. My Thompson shoots just as well as any varmint rifle I own and other people I know that own them say the same things about the Pro Hunter, they are hard to beat. Ive dumped deer well past 300yrds with my rifle never once has it's accuracy been an issue for me.

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Re: Pros and Cons

I have the tc encore in 50 bp and last year I dropet an elk at 176 yards. The only thing wrong with it is I dont have the 308 for the wife or the 45-70 for me YET.
Another thing is TC will give you great support after the purchas.

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I have the Sako 85 and am very pleased with it. Worth every penny (for me anyway).

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