Thompson Rifles Billings MT
Local resource for Thompson rifles in Billings. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to rimfire rifles, Thompson submachine guns, Thompson long guns, and short barrel rifles, as well as reviews and other information on Thompson rifles.
613 5Th Ave
Laurel Rifle Club406628460
Po Box 21
111 4Th Ave S
Rancho Loco Bordega406662323
1689 Hwy 72
Bugs & Bullets Sport Shop406782625
40 Sportsman Way
Laurel Rod & Gun Club(406) 628-6292
120 2Nd Ave S
D & K Sporting Goods406464232
6710 Hwy 191 N
Jones, Gary Wayne406467338
400 Jacksons Corner Rd West
Old Friends Rod & Gun Club406333931
3800 Hwy 89 South
Thompson Center Venture Rifle Review
Thompson Center (T/C) has been known since the late 60's and 70's for their Contender single shot hunting handgun and their line of higher end traditional and modern muzzleloaders. From the start, T/C has been about blackpowder and single shot pistol and rifle hunting. Given this 40+ year background it was surprising when T/C brought out their first bolt action rifle, the Icon , a few years ago. We have previously reviewed the Icon and found it to be a solid offering and were excited to take a look at the new T/C Venture when it started shipping late last year.
The Venture is T/C's less expensive, value based rifle with a street price of around $449 (at the time of writing (11/2010) T/C is also offering a $50 mail in rebate on the Venture). Currently the standard Venture is only available in blued metal with a synthetic stock. There is a Venture Predator version, only available in smaller varmint cartridges, that are just starting to ship and comes in a fully dipped Realtree Max-1 camouflage.
The standard Venture is available in short and long action models. The long actions are currently available in the following cartridges: 25-06, 280 Rem, 338 Win Mag, 270 Win, 30-06 Springfield, 7mm Rem Mag, and 300 Win Mag. The short actions are available in the following cartridges: 204 Ruger, 223 Rem, 22-250 Rem, 7mm-08, 308 Win, 243 Win, and 30 T/C. Our review model is a long action in 270 Win.
When first looking over the Venture it is easy to see the aesthetic similarities to the Icon. The receiver has a similar shape and layout to the Icon; however there are some differences. First off the Venture does not have directly integrated scope bases. Nonetheless, T/C does include pre-mounted Weaver style scope bases with the Venture, a nice simple perk that Marlin also does with their value based XL7, but seems to be uncommon for most manufacturers.
The rear of the receiver has contours and a design that is reminiscent of the Icon as well. It is easy to see if the rifle is cocked and ready to fire or if the hammer has been dropped. The safety is a simple two-position design, which is to the right of the bolt. When the safety is engaged it is still possible to cycle the bolt and remove a live round. The bolt uses T/C's short 60 degree bolt throw for quickly cycling rounds. The bolt, while not the absolute smoothest on the market, is very good for any rifle and better than most value based rifles. Furthermore it is not excessively loose and does not wobble in the receiver. The bolt is released by depressing a simple mauser style release button on the left side of receiver.
The fit and finish on the Venture is excellent. T/C has done a great job with the ...