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Thompson/Center Venture Rifle

Thompson/Center (T/C) introduced the new Venture rifle at the 2009 SHOT Show. The Venture is designed to be an affordable rifle at only $499 MSRP (street price less), yet it offers the same T/C quality enthusiasts have found in their other firearms.

Thompson/Center Venture Profile Rifle

The Venture is available in four popular calibers: .270 Win, 7mm Rem Mag, 30-06, and .300 Win Mag.

The T/C Venture has an externally adjustable trigger, allowing the user to tweak the pull to 3-5 lbs. A factory tool is included with the rifle so the user can adjust the pull.

The Venture does not ship with sights or a scope as some other rifles at this price point do. However, the T/C does come with Weaver-style bases mounted to make it very easy to drop your favorite scope into place.

tc_venture_02The stock is a composite stock in a sporter-style with textured grip panels.

T/C guarantees the Venture will shoot MOA groups (1″ at 100 yards.) Recently, Massad Ayoob posted in his blog that the 30-06 version of the Venture was shooting sub-MOA groups with the right ammunition.

T/C claims that the great accuracy in the Venture comes, in part, from the match grade barrel. The barrel is tapered with a match grade crown. T/C uses 5R rifling, which they claim “increases shooting stability and reduces fouling.”

T/C offers a lifetime warranty on the Venture.  That means if you have problems with the rifle, the company will stand behind their product.  To many people, including myself, this is an important aspect to purchasing a rifle.

thompson center venture rifle

Venture Features:

  • weight – 7.5 lbs
  • overall length – 43″
  • length of pull – 13.5″
  • action type – ‘fat bolt design’ with 60 degree lift
  • barrel – 24″ tapered, match grade with 5R button rifling
  • sights – none, Weaver-style bases installed
  • stock – composite
  • magazine – single stack, three round detachable
  • safety – two position
  • calibers – .270 Win, 7mm Rem Mag, 30-06, .300 Win Mag

The Venture is now shipping.

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10 replies on “Thompson/Center Venture Rifle”

I just recently had shoulder surgery , I need to know how bad the recoil is on the 7mm or 300 . I was going to buy the rugger 300 till a friend told me about you . The rugger has a built in limbbsaver to reduce the recoil , do you have the same on your gun ? I do not know anyone with a t/c rifle therefore i do not have anyone to ask . I know just going on a person word ( especially a sales person ) can put you in a bad position . buy the gun like a savage or the remington 710 and brang it home and it jars ur teeth out of your head , with my shoulders I cannot do that , So anything you have about this gun please let me know ,. Thanks

Hi Richard,

Sorry to hear about the shoulder surgery; I hope all heals well and soon.

I do not own one of these rifles. The above post was just a report of the announcement of the T/C ‘value priced’ rifle. I have a friend at work who likes his (in 30-06 if I remember right). He hasn’t said anything about felt recoil, so I assume it is no better or worse than similar rifles.

I don’t know what you are shooting, but obviously the 7mm Mag and 300 Mag are stout cartridges. If your hunting/shooting allow, consider looking at a less punishing cartridge.

Another option is to look at some after-market solutions to reducing recoil. For example the Knoxx rifle stocks from BLACKHAWK! claim to reduce recoil up to 75%.

Good luck,

Richard

IF YOU LIKE THE VENTURES THEY ARE NOW OFFERED IN SHORT ACTIONS LIKE 308 AND 7MM08. T/C RELEASED THESE EARLY THEY WERE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE RELEASED UNTIL 2010. BUT T/C LET THEM OUT EARLY NOT ALOT OF DEALERS HAVE THEM BUT THEY ARE OUT THERE.

If anyone would happen to know the price of the T/C venture in a .308 caliber I would like to know because Im looking forward to a deer hunt in Texas with my father thanks and let me know if u have any information

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