Thompson Rifles Iowa City IA

Local resource for Thompson rifles in Iowa City. 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.

The Ammobearer Ltd.
(319) 338-6426
232 Stevens Drive
Iowa City, IA
Iowacity Scheels
(319) 358-9959
1461 27th Avenue
Coralville, IA
Barbs Pawn & Loan
1212 W Euclid
Des Moines, IA
Kmart #3971
1405 Buckeye Ave
Ames, IA
Collins, Richard A
205 Taft St
Marshalltown, IA
Fin &Feather- Ia City
(319) 354-2200
125 Highway 1 West
Iowa City, IA
Iowa River Gun Club
(515) 754-2367
606 W Southridge Rd
Marshalltown, IA
Theisen'S Of New Hampton
Hwy 18 W 413 W Milwaukee
New Hampton, IA
Sportsoutfitters, Inc.
(319) 396-9434
5717 16th Ave. SW
Cedar Rapids, IA
Darrels Repair
509 9Th Ave
Grinnell, IA

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.

Thompson Center (T/C) Venture Rifle

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 Venture does not have integrated bases like the Icon, but T/C includes two pre-mounted Weaver style bases.

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.

Rear of bolt in the uncocked or fired position.

Rear of the bolt in the cocked position.

The three lug bolt uses a plunger style extractor.

The fit and finish on the Venture is excellent. T/C has done a great job with the ...

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