Thompson Center (T/C) has made rapid inroads into the center fire rifle market in just a few short years.Â So good are these rifles that T/C guarantees the accuracy of their rifles with a 3-shot shot group within 1â€ at 100 yards.Â Not bad for a mass produced rifle, right out of the box.Â The T/C Venture has been a very popular rifle, that demonstrates the quality associated with any T/C rifle.Â During Media Day at SHOT Show I got a chance to shoot the new T/C Venture Compact in the very popular .308 caliber.
Very similar to the larger Venture rifles, the Venture CompactÂ will only come in a 20â€ barrel, and in a handful of calibers.Â That barrel will have a match grade recessed crown, and the excellent 5R ratchet rifling.Â In addition, the lands and grooves are rounded in what the T/C guys said is a design that should improve accuracy and maximize performance while the bullet travels through the barrel.
The bolt is coated in Melanite and the handle is angled at 60-degrees for ease of action and scope clearance.Â There is a 2-stage safety to the right side of the receiver just behind the closed bolt handle.Â On the opposite side of the receiver is the bolt release lever.
There are 1â€ adjustable butt stock spacers to allow the shooter to customize their length of pull.Â This is a rifle that a younger hunter or shooter could start off with and continue to shoot into their adult years.Â Though shorter than the varmint versions I had no problem getting comfortable behind this rifle.
The Venture CompactÂ comes with a lightweight synthetic stock that has raised Hogue traction panels on the pistol and fore grip.Â These panels were very comfortable to hold and provided a very confident grip on the rifle.
The trigger pull was very nice and had a crisp break.Â The trigger can be adjusted by the shooter from 3.5 to 5 pounds.Â The set screw is located just above the trigger.
The T/C Venture CompactÂ also comes with a detachable magazine.Â Iâ€™m a big proponent of a detachable magazine.Â I think it offers a much safer way to load and unload a rifle, and one that is much quicker than internal or hinge-plate magazines.
I got to talk with Jeff Picket and Bill Booth on the finer particulars of this rifle.
I was actually surprised at the ease of shooting the Compact Venture.Â The recoil was much less than I expected, especially for a shorter barreled rifle in .308, and the famed T/C accuracy was evident.Â Mounted with a Weaver scope, the Compact Venture fulfilled the TC guarantee at 100 yards.
If youâ€™re not interested in the Venture Compact, the larger versions come in the Weather Shield stainless steel, and Varmint versions.Â The full sized Varmint comes with a choice of Realtree AP Snow, or Realtree Advantage Max-1 camouflage patterns chambered in a long assortment of the most popular calibers.
I was impressed enough with the T/C Venture CompactÂ that I am seriously considering this rifle for one of my next hunting rifle purchases.Â With the shortened length, light weight, and adjustable stocks, this may also be a rifle my sons could grown into.
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