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    Default TC Venture vs Ruger American

    I've narrowed my choices down to these two rifles, and waiting on my gun broker to see how soon he can get either in a left hand bolt. Have any of you shot either of these two? I've considered the Savage (I have an older model 110 LH) and the Marlin. I don't care much for the Remingtons that I have seen lately. Just got my dad a remington 770 and don't even desire to shoot it.

    If I can't get either of these soon, I'm going to do the unthinkable and buy a Mossberg I saw at Dicks. It's the 299 one they have on sale from time to time. I don't know why, but there's something I admire about the little gun. Even crazier, I didn't know Mossberg made rifles.

    If I seem to be rambling, it's because of the meds I'm taking. The room is spinning, and the computer screen is in 3D.

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    Haven't shot either one,I just like the way the American feels in my hands and the way it shoulders over the T/C.......I have shot a Marlin and its a fine bolt-action rifle..............and last but not least,I have used my daughter's lil 308 Mossberg ATR to dispatch several whitetails.....a fine budget deer rifle!
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    I have only handled the TC Venture... I have always been a fan of Thompson Center, so I really like the venture also... However Ruger makes amazing guns, and I doubt you would be disapointed in the American

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    I don't think you would be disappointed with either of these rifles........Buy what you like the best....
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    I love both of my Savages. The Browning A-Bolt feels great. For the money, the marlin blew me away on how it felt It felt as good as the browning. I personally did not care for the Ruger American. Have not shot the Mossberg but have heard great things about it and not much negitative. If it was me I would buy them in the order of Savage, Marlin, Mossberg, and then Ruger. Good luck and keep us up to date. What caliber are you thinking on getting?
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    243. I'm looking to have a caliber that my little boy (7) and my nephew (12) will enjoy shooting. I think that's what drew me to the Mossberg. I actually thought it was a youth model. It is short, has a good amount of weight, and points easily. If I knew what the trigger was like, I would have probably bought it.

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    Marlin XL7 is an awesome gun with a sweet trigger. Its like best of the major brands combined into one rifle.

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    I recently bought the Savage Trophy Hunter in .243 winchester. It comes with a Nikon Prostaff 3-9 x 40 mm scope. It was a nice scope but had the BDC which I do not care for. I sold that scope and put a weaver on it. If it would have had the regular crosshair I would have kept it in a heart beat. I think Dick's has had them on sale the past few weeks for around $500. Has a 22" barrel and I got it for my 12 yr old nephew and 13 yr old cousin to shoot when they come with me. I tote it as well. Shooting the 80 grain barnes TTSX. Has the accutrigger. It is a sweet little rifle.
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    Beagle if you like the Mossberg get it, if the trigger is too heavy most guns smiths do not charge that much for a trigger job, should be less than $100.00 if memory serves me correctly.....
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    My daughter's Mossberg is an older gun prior to their "refined " trigger that so many rifles feature nowadays,maybe not as smooth as my Remington,but no real complaints about it.
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    I had a chance to handle the Ruger and the TC side-by-side today. They are pretty evenly matched in my opinion. The Ruger seems to point a little easier, so it gets a notch above the TC. I'm still waiting to hear from my gun guy. If I can't get either in a left hand, I'll get either the Ruger or the Mossberg.

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    For what its worth, For those that know where Gradys Great Outdoors is located, I received their Christmas sale paper and they have the Ruger American rifle, (calibers, 243, 308, 270, 30.06) for 319, next Friday, Nov 23 only.....They also have the T/C Venture with a Meopta, 3x9x42 MeoPro scope for 749, Friday, Nov 23 only.(calibers, 243, 308, 270, 30.06, 7mm mag, and 300 mag
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    Sounds like a good sale 280. Wish they were closer to me. I haven't found either rifle in a left hand yet. I did find a left hand 308 & 7-08 in a Savage Model 11 with the Nikon scope for 509. I wasn't too impressed with the Savage. It wasn't anything wrong, just not what I wanted. If/when they go on sale, I will pick-up one or the other.

    I did get the Mossberg in a 243 to carry me through the season. Too my surprise, it shoots very well. I shot it about 10 times yesterday and didn't find but 1 fault. The safety is kinda loud; however, that might smooth itself out as it gets used. I swapped the cheap Barska (3x9x40) scope out with another cheap Barska (3x12x56 IR) I had laying around. The trigger is great! Of course, it's going to take some getting used to. This is the first gun that I have owned with the accu-trigger style.

    It shoots like a dream. I don't think my son will have any problems shooting it at all in a year or two. It has very little recoil, and not much muzzle blast. I can't wait to try it on game, but for now; I think it was $300.00 well spent. It may even earn itself a nickname and a real scope.

    Here is a photo of the rifle and it's first four shots. Shots 1 & 2 were with no adjustments. Shots 3 & 4 were after making a few changes. I'll go back a finish zero it in today. I think I'll do a 200 yard zero on it.




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    That rifle looks like its a good shooter....Hope you get to break it in right....
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    +1 on what 280 Man said...Field & Stream just did a write up on 5 rifles; Howa 1500, Ruger American (best shooter), T/C Venture, Vanguard Series 2 and a Marlin I believe. Some of the groups posted were really fantastic. I'm always partial to the Savage 110s (pre-Accutrigger), but I may have to give that Ruger American a look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tidmarshsmith5 View Post
    +1 on what 280 Man said...Field & Stream just did a write up on 5 rifles; Howa 1500, Ruger American (best shooter), T/C Venture, Vanguard Series 2 and a Marlin I believe. Some of the groups posted were really fantastic. I'm always partial to the Savage 110s (pre-Accutrigger), but I may have to give that Ruger American a look.
    Is this article online anywhere???? WOuld like to check it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tidmarshsmith5 View Post
    +1 on what 280 Man said...Field & Stream just did a write up on 5 rifles; Howa 1500, Ruger American (best shooter), T/C Venture, Vanguard Series 2 and a Marlin I believe. Some of the groups posted were really fantastic. I'm always partial to the Savage 110s (pre-Accutrigger), but I may have to give that Ruger American a look.
    Read that article tonite at my parent's house-the Marlin got the best reviews.Was a little dissapointed the Mossberg wasn't mention,been well pleased with my daughter's 308,hope the 243 serves you well BeagleRun!
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    Searched online for it; couldn't find anything. It's the December-January Issue of F&S.

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ID:	14958I have the Ruger American in 30.06, topped with a 3x9 Nikon Prostaff Scope and love it!

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    I forgot about this thread. I did get the Ruger in a 308. So now I have it and the Mossberg. I like them both. I'm waiting on my other Monarch scope to come in & I'm going to mount it on the ruger.

    I was in Wally World and it was on sale. I couldn't pass it up. Hope to break them both in next season.

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    Dean, I see they got your name fixed, welcome to our addiction...
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    Hey Cat- I am not sure if they have it fixed or not. I requested the administrator close/remove the Dean Clement account and leave *TopC* for me to drive. I see you are in Summerville. I was the Commander of the Guard of the Marines at the Weapon Station when I was at Marine Barracks Charleston. It was great duty! I lived at the Naval Base on Marine Avenue. Oh well, the memories make life grand. Have a good finish to your season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dean Clement View Post
    Hey Cat- I am not sure if they have it fixed or not. I requested the administrator close/remove the Dean Clement account and leave *TopC* for me to drive. I see you are in Summerville. I was the Commander of the Guard of the Marines at the Weapon Station when I was at Marine Barracks Charleston. It was great duty! I lived at the Naval Base on Marine Avenue. Oh well, the memories make life grand. Have a good finish to your season.
    I was stationed here and fell in love with the state so I never left, have lived here since '87...
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    I was at the Marine Barracks from 80-82 or thereabout. It was great duty and the closest we were ever stationed to home.

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