I know this is an old thread but for what its worth - I had the exact same question and this thread and forum helped me decide. I got the Venture in 308 weather shield with a Bushnell scope, extra mag and sling for 468. Just picked it up the other day and will be shooting it this weekend. I'll be posting the shooting results on the thread I posted about venture 308.
What did you end up getting? Thanks all for the input.
My apologies for bumping an old thread.