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Old November 22, 2011, 10:58 PM   #1
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Vanguard S2 vs TC Venture.. Help deciding

I've been looking into buying one of these 2 rifles but I still can't decide. I need help and opinions in deciding on either one. Caliber isn't an issue, I just want to know what you guys think and your opinions (pros and cons) between both rifles, which one you would recommend and why. Thanks..
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Old November 23, 2011, 01:12 AM   #2
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You should have posted this in the "Art of the Rifle" forum.
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Old November 23, 2011, 11:09 AM   #3
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I don't know anything about the TC, I've never even handled one. The Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 impressed me enough that I bought one. The action is smoother and tighter than the Remington SPS I was comparing it to, the trigger is awesome for a production rifle, and the stock was pretty solid. The overall workmanship was good for a rifle in it's price range IMHO. I have read in the rifle forum that some people are having accuracy issues with their Vanguards but I won't be able to report on that until I'm able to shoot mine, hopefully this weekend
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Old November 23, 2011, 02:51 PM   #4
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Let me know how it goes. Id like to see a pic of the groups you got.
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Old November 23, 2011, 06:12 PM   #5
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There is a thread going on "The Art Of The Rifle" about a couple of TC owners dismay. It would behoove you to read it.

The Weatherby on the other hand generally has decent reviews as the norm.
I have one in 7mm Rem Mag, it has performed flawlessly thus far.
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Old November 23, 2011, 10:10 PM   #6
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I have a Vanguard in 270 win and a Venture in 30-06. I consider them pretty equal BUT my Vanguard was bought 2 years ago and the Venture was bought 13 months ago (pre S&W takeover).

I would tell you to handle both rifles and choose the one that fits you the best.

Happy Shopping

P.S. Either Bass Pro or Cabela's is running a Black Friday special on these rifles saving you about $50. Now that I think about it, one of the companies has a special on 1 of the rifles and the other company has a special on the other. Sorry, but all those sale fliers run together after a while.
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Old December 4, 2011, 09:48 PM   #7
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I finally got out and shot my Series 2 and I am very impressed. After mounting a Zeiss 3X9, bore sighting and zeroing, I shot 3 three shot groups. The largest group was 1", the other groups both measured 3/4". I was using brand new Remington brass that I did not seperate by weight, Barnes TTSX 80 grain bullets, IMR4350 and Federal LR primers. And I was shooting off a not so steady Winchester rest! I'm going to go out on a limb here and say I got a keeper
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Old December 4, 2011, 09:59 PM   #8
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Not a Venture but I do have an icon that is by far my favorite and most accurate gun. I have never shot the vanguard but have no regrets after buying my icon.
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Old December 5, 2011, 09:11 AM   #9
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I was dead set on getting a new Venture. I liked the feel of it and heard they shot really well. But recently I heard they recalled most of them so I dug a little deeper and it seems like there are a lot of people having problems with them so I am kind of worried. I may wait a bit longer to make up my mind then.
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Old December 6, 2011, 10:39 PM   #10
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I liked the Vanguard but the ones I tried had real "gritty" long travel triggers. I bought a Remington 700 SPS and have not regretted it. I don't like the TC's only based on looks. Just my opinion. I'd get a Tikka T3 Hunter (wood stock) if I buy another rifle. Super nice rifles. Smoothest action I've ever cycled. And one of the few tested in the magazines where all groups were sub-MOA.
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Old December 7, 2011, 12:36 AM   #11
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Yeah, those Tikka T3 Hunters are nice.

Of the two you've listed I'd go for the Weatherby. Of all the reviews I've read none have been negative.
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Old December 17, 2011, 12:14 PM   #12
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You may have to wait a while to buy a new Venture. They are under recall for trigger sear issues and there are none available in stores. I called the factory and they could not tell me when there would be Ventures on store racks again.

I was making the same decision as you a month ago and went with the Vanguard S2 because the Ventures were not available and I liked the two stage trigger.
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Old December 17, 2011, 12:16 PM   #13
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Allen, I am glad you are having good experiences with your new Vanguard S2. I just bought one in .308, but have not yet hit the range.
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Old December 17, 2011, 12:19 PM   #14
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I've looked at both lately....of the 2 I'd pick the T/C.

I bought a Winchester myself, but I'm kinda old fashioned that way.
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Old December 17, 2011, 05:28 PM   #15
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Isn't there a recall on TC Ventures?

Or else some big quality problems after S&W took over?

Or both?
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Old December 17, 2011, 06:04 PM   #16
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It seems you're right...I wasn't aware of that....I'm sure glad I bought the Winchester.
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Old December 28, 2011, 11:10 PM   #17
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Got a TC with weathershield in .308 and have fallen in love. Sent it in for the recall and got it back 3 days later. Been testing different loads with 150gr Hornady Interlock SP and Varget, had 2 or 3 loads under 1moa; very impressive for only doing half grain increments per load and using bullets not meant for tack driving accuracy. Trigger is great, action is smooth, and very comfortable.
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Old December 29, 2011, 02:44 AM   #18
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Glad you're happy with it! Put up some pics!
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