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Old 02-05-2018, 9:56 PM
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Check out selection. 338winmag also available $229 after rebate. Free shipping / no tax.
Just for clarification, that's a T/C Venture in 338, not a Compass. Nice price though for a 338 Bear-Buster.
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Just for clarification, that's a T/C Venture in 338, not a Compass. Nice price though for a 338 Bear-Buster.
I know, the Venture is a step up over the Compass. You can get a Compass for $5 less.
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Damn that’s a smoking deal on the venture.

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Just for clarification, that's a T/C Venture in 338, not a Compass. Nice price though for a 338 Bear-Buster.
The .300 Win Mag Venture would be nice too.
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So, what does the Venture have in upgraded features vs the Compass besides being available in more calibers? LH Action?
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I like what you've done with all the extra money you had after buying a $199 rifle.

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I'll try to make a $198 rifle into a $800 rifle, but I dunno if it can be done

$500 scoped with a brake is getting there. Maybe I can find a $300 bipod and a $100 sling? That Viper should add more but I think I got that for $200.
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So, what does the Venture have in upgraded features vs the Compass besides being available in more calibers? LH Action?
A better stock with rubberized grip areas and beefier bolt? Downside is they only come with 3+1 magazines, whereas the Compass has a 5+1. Otherwise they share the same barrels and general overall appearance.
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A better stock with rubberized grip areas and beefier bolt? Downside is they only come with 3+1 magazines, whereas the Compass has a 5+1. Otherwise they share the same barrels and general overall appearance.
Barrel looked heavier to me and not threaded.
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You might be right. Have only seen the venture in the pictures and have not handled one. Either one still seems to be a smoking deal.
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Had my new TC Compass 308 out for the first time yesterday, loved it. Bolt knob sucks, but Glades Armory has that covered with nice aluminum knurled replacement. Falcon M18+ 4-18x44 works great on it and seems to be a good match price wise (just over rifle cost). Highly recommend this setup as entry bolt rifle.
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Had my new TC Compass 308 out for the first time yesterday, loved it. Bolt knob sucks, but Glades Armory has that covered with nice aluminum knurled replacement. Falcon M18+ 4-18x44 works great on it and seems to be a good match price wise (just over rifle cost). Highly recommend this setup as entry bolt rifle.
Any opinion on accuracy?
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Any opinion on accuracy?

Seemed like the rifle was doing its job but I canít judge yet, my first time with it, new scope, some light wind... and all my own first 308 reloads. I didnít take any Factory match ammo. I was getting really good chrono graph performance, very on par to the expected performance using 168gr Hornady OTM bullets and LT-32 powder and cycled nicely, got good data for same bullet with H4895. I also took loads with Hornady 178gr ELD-X and Hornady GMX 165gr... with both LT-32 and H4895, but all those loads were too long for the TC Compass chamber and were lodging into the lands before bolt closed so I fired some but canít judge accuracy in that. (I think these will be ok for the gun I just need to go shorter COL on them which may make it compressed loads)

All that said, I did have 2 or 3 groups less than 1.5Ē at 100 yards on my first day with it and Iím very confident itís a lot better than that. I also did not adjust the trigger at all from stock yet.

I have a standard A2 Flash Hider on it for some recoil management and crown protection without as much side blast noise as a brake.

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Great info about the bolt handles. Do you have pics or will you post when you install the bolt handle?

I received my TC/Smith and Wesson rebate prepaid card today... sounds like if you use it at Cabela's you get 5% back... hmmm... maybe it stacks with Active Junky too, heheh.
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Great info about the bolt handles. Do you have pics or will you post when you install the bolt handle?

I received my TC/Smith and Wesson rebate prepaid card today... sounds like if you use it at Cabela's you get 5% back... hmmm... maybe it stacks with Active Junky too, heheh.


Iíll post when I do, itís in my mailbox right now actually, might install tonight.
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Installed Glades Armory 2Ē Kurled bolt handle. Took 5 minutes, no tools. Added Purple lock tite on the handle. Feels like a huge improvement. Ignore the mess on my workbench.

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Also got my rebate visa in the mail today, about 10 days after filing it online!
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Installed Glades Armory 2Ē Kurled bolt handle. Took 5 minutes, no tools. Added Purple lock tite on the handle. Feels like a huge improvement. Ignore the mess on my workbench.

Love the look of that rig. No doubt it feels better working the bolt. Great job.
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Love the look of that rig. No doubt it feels better working the bolt. Great job.


Thanks, itís my first midrange centerfire bolt gun and looking forward to learning to shoot it well. I did turn a $200 rifle into a $900 package though.
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I did turn a $200 rifle into a $900 package though.
Kind of silly to fixate on that IMHO. You can't shoot a$400 rifle that you steal for $200... unless you put a scope on it. Just because it is a $200 promo, you don't have to put a Leapers on it. You think if you pay $1200 for a Rem 5R, you shoot it like that? Nah, you shoot a $2500 rifle and no one ribs you about it, heheh. My 700 started at $800, but I still decided to add optics, hahah. You want a sling and bipod? Why is that a crime because you started out at $200?
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Very tempting! Not sure I need one but these look like a great deal.
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What scope are you running on it?
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That's a Vortex Viper 30mm 6.5-20x44mm
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That's a Vortex Viper 30mm 6.5-20x44mm


Looks great! Love that bolt handle too, might have been a better choice, mine with the o-rings knurled is nice feeling but those o-rings walk out of the trough and will stretch and get looser. At least I can swap out easily now!
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Looks great! Love that bolt handle too, might have been a better choice, mine with the o-rings knurled is nice feeling but those o-rings walk out of the trough and will stretch and get looser. At least I can swap out easily now!
Yeah I dunno... you kind of have to get them all side by side to compare. I think the oversized one that looks like a Badger Ordnance is probably best now that I see how small this one is... way better than the stock one but still not super large IMHO.
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FWIW...i bought my Compass on Black Friday and filed for my rebate online opting to have a check sent in the mail. It came yesterday....2/22/18. If you are waiting for the same thing be patient. It comes in a little envelope with no designation that it's from T/C or Smith and Wesson. I usually don't even open junk mail and i almost threw it away......duh
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FWIW...i bought my Compass on Black Friday and filed for my rebate online opting to have a check sent in the mail. It came yesterday....2/22/18. If you are waiting for the same thing be patient. It comes in a little envelope with no designation that it's from T/C or Smith and Wesson. I usually don't even open junk mail and i almost threw it away......duh
I did that with a CCI or Federal rebat check once... put it in junk mail pile till I came across it expired... they issued a new check though. Easy to miss those because they usually come from a parent company someone handling rebates.
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Just ordered a couple of .308 Compass's from Smoky Mountain Guns for my Brother and I for $274.99 each & free shipping. Just couldn't pass up a brand-new 6-shot 308 for $199.99 after the $75 rebate!

We're thinking of trying the Burris Fullfield E1 6.5-20x50mm with Ballistic Plex E1 MV Reticle which runs about $400 discounted.

https://www.smga.com/search.aspx?sea...CENTER+compass

https://www.burrisoptics.com/scopes/...pe-6.5-20x50mm

https://www.burrisoptics.com/reticle...tic-plex-e1-mv


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I handled a T/C at Cabelas a few weeks ago and didn't care much for the stock, which seems better suited to a bench than being carried around in the field. I also thought the bolt was kinda sloppy. Still interested in hearing how well they shoot.

What really matter is a) does it shoot straight, b) is it reliable, c) is it durable. These rifles are a pretty good deal but there's always the concern about getting what you pay for.
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I wish I could say I have mine dialed in, but I have been working on other things and shooting other things. The Compass is accurate - 5R barrels on them are good. I know someone who has a 30-06, 6.5, and .300 Win Mag all shooting under an inch. I think the 30-06 is under .5".
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I handled a T/C at Cabelas a few weeks ago and didn't care much for the stock, which seems better suited to a bench than being carried around in the field. I also thought the bolt was kinda sloppy. Still interested in hearing how well they shoot.

What really matter is a) does it shoot straight, b) is it reliable, c) is it durable. These rifles are a pretty good deal but there's always the concern about getting what you pay for.
I plan on putting a $150 Boyds stock on mine.
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I plan on putting a $150 Boyds stock on mine.


I suppose I might eventually too but near term Iím planning to float some epoxy or other plastic filler into the bottom of the stock and just firm it up a bit (weight not a concern). I think they just went to aggressive with lightening the plastic foreend with all the empty space.


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I suppose I might eventually too but near term Iím planning to float some epoxy or other plastic filler into the bottom of the stock and just firm it up a bit (weight not a concern). I think they just went to aggressive with lightening the plastic foreend with all the empty space.

Post back with the results when you do that, please
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Just to add something to the conversation, everyone I know who owns them boasts sub MOA results. BIL has a 6.5 and just ordered a 308, son owns both 308 and 30-06 and I have a 270 and just ordered a 308. All have shot better than MOA using sandbags and we're not great shots and none of us has a scope with better than 9X. I highly recommend these rifles to everyone I meet. I'm usually a big proponent of the big manufacturers and high quality stuff, but these rifles simply perform, period. I have shot more than 300 rounds through my 270 with no issues, and I truly don't expect any. Cheesy stock, yeah, but bolt seems to have improved with use. Can't really ask more of the rifles as they're built more for performance and utility than looks. They excel in performance and utility. They are quite simply, the best gun for the money, period.

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Just ordered a couple of .308 Compass's from Smoky Mountain Guns for my Brother and I for $274.99 each & free shipping. Just couldn't pass up a brand-new 6-shot 308 for $199.99 after the $75 rebate!

We're thinking of trying the Burris Fullfield E1 6.5-20x50mm with Ballistic Plex E1 MV Reticle which runs about $400 discounted.

https://www.smga.com/search.aspx?sea...CENTER+compass

https://www.burrisoptics.com/scopes/...pe-6.5-20x50mm

https://www.burrisoptics.com/reticle...tic-plex-e1-mv

What would be a good set of rings for the Compass? With a 50mm Objective we'd need High Rings? Is a 20moa Base needed? Realistically, I'd think my Bro & I will probably be doing most of our shooting to 600yds or less.
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What would be a good set of rings for the Compass? With a 50mm Objective we'd need High Rings? Is a 20moa Base needed? Realistically, I'd think my Bro & I will probably be doing most of our shooting to 600yds or less.


Warne Maxima Medium is what is on mine with 44mm objective, 3mm closer would still work but maybe close if the outer shell is thicker than mine.
No 20MOA base needed for 600 yards. (Just under 17MOA offset needed for my load, so thatís barely out of holdover on the scope without turning elevation knob, easier to re-zero there but possible to holdover without and the stock flat bases)


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Finished the stock fill and foreend stiffening I planned, worked out ok I think, haven’t test fired yet. I started a different thread for it and anyone else to post mods to this gun.

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Are the scope mounting bases that come with the Compass Weaver-style bases or ?.


Edit - yes, they are Weaver-style bases.

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