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Thompson Center Longguns

I have come across a couple of Thompson Centure bolt actions and they were what I would call relitively cheap in price. The weapons were chambered in a .270, .308, 7mm and I believe a 30-06. I think the rifles were in the Venture searies.
Does anyone know why these weapons would be priced so low? Are they built by a cheaper out source company. I hope not I really would like a knew deer rifle and after I will let everyone eles know where they are.
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Mike

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Re: Thompson Center Longguns

The Venture line is American made by Thompson Center, they do not have nearly the number of expensive , unique features that make the Icon so expensive. They are a lot of gun for the money, but they are ugly as sin, kinda chunky and use a lot of plastic, don't have the aluminum bedding block of the icon, do not come with a factory sub-moa target (but still have the gaurantee), the trigger is not a as good, and it is not as highly finished. There is nothing wrong with it, but it is not in the same league as an Icon, not by a long shot. I'm not sure what you're seeing them for, but dealer costs are under $400, whereas Icons are often between $700 and $900, so it's fair to say it costs half as much to build as an Icon.

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Re: Thompson Center Longguns

Thank you for the update and added information. As soon as I saw the price I almost jumped on one and then I thought. Something is wrong.
I think I will stick with my .338 and practice more

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Re: Thompson Center Longguns

When you compare the Venture to other guns in the same cost bracket, the Venture has a lot to offer, the biggest of which is the accuracy guarantee. I'm not aware of any other manufacture that offers as good or better of guarantee at the same price.

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Re: Thompson Center Longguns

For what it's worth, I've handled a Venture and personally think it's pure unadulterated junk. sad I don't care what the accuracy gurantee is. I own a lot of guns of various calibers, makes and models and I'd never own that rifle, even if given to me.:yuk:

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Re: Thompson Center Longguns

This past year I think I sold 1 Venture to 7 Icons. The 1st Venture I received was my last, as I had to send it back to the factory for rebluing before trying to sell it. It's a good gun for it's niche, and is competing against things like the Marlin X7, Rem 770, Stevens 200 and Howa 1500. Of those I'd take a Venture only over the Rem 770.

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