View Full Version : TC Icon Classic in 30TC?

December 20, 2010, 10:28 AM
I ot a deal on a 30TC. I believe the gun list around $1000. I paid a deposit on the gun last week. Till after Christmas. The gun was for sale at our local range that sales tons of guns for great prices, cheaper than Buds. It was a display they had for about a year and I can get it for $525, now I am wondering if it will be worth it. Opinions?

December 20, 2010, 01:13 PM
Do you reload? Factory ammunition isn't common only supplied by Horandy for the moment. I've heard good things, but it isn't worth the hassle for me I'd rather have a .308 Win if I wanted a short action .30 cal cartridge.

December 20, 2010, 02:32 PM
Good gun but i wouldn't take the cartridge if unless you reload.

December 20, 2010, 03:50 PM
I dont reload and yes I would rather have a 270 as I already have a Tikka 308, Rem. 30-06, weatherby 300 mag. Just thought it was a good deal on the gun.

December 20, 2010, 04:04 PM
Since you have several GOOD guns, save the money for ammo or a nice optic.

December 20, 2010, 05:36 PM
Thats a great deal, best cartridge ever made imo. Its got the punch of a 30-06 with the velocity of a .243. Ammo isnt awfully priced either. Hornady is around 28-30 bucks a box for it and its a heck of a shooter. With a good scope its good to 400 yards easy. Great deer gun

December 20, 2010, 06:48 PM
You know you could buy it cuz its a great deal shoot it a couple times and if you dont like it sell it for a profit...

December 21, 2010, 12:56 AM
They have had this gun for sale for 1 year. Lowered it to $750 then to $675 then told me he would sale it for $525. It has been handled alot but still in near perfect shape.
Thanks for the replys.

December 21, 2010, 01:08 AM
30 TC is hard to come by, basically a hot short action cartridge, very nice but not special. Not my cuppa tea, but you might like it. TC Icons shoot very well, but you can buy a new one for jsut a little more than they are willing to sell that one, or buy a TC Venture (basically a dressed-down Icon)for less. Your choice.

Johnny Falcon
December 21, 2010, 01:34 AM
Mine's very accurate, sub one-inch groups at 100 yards with the Hornady 150 grain SST. Didn't much like the 165 SST, was a little loose with those.

Wears a Nikon 4.5-14? (I think, can't remember right now).

Beautiful wood, beautiful rifle. :D

December 21, 2010, 06:34 AM
This ammo isnt hard to find atleast where I live. Heck every archery shop, gun shop, and even hardware stores sell it. However here it is on sale at Cabelas.

December 21, 2010, 09:45 AM
Its got the punch of a 30-06 with the velocity of a .243.

It has the velocity of a .30-06 not that some .243 loads don't duplicate .30-06 velocities. The .30 TC duplicates .30-06 factory loads with 150 and 165 grain bullets, with less recoil than the .30-06/.308 because of less powder being used. 150 grain bullets at 3000 fps is pretty easily done same as 2800 fps with 165 grain bullets in a .30-06. Heck I can even get 2800 fps with 180 grain bullets in the .30-06 and easily beat any load offered in 150 and 165 with my handloads as well and there is no way the .30 TC can duplicate that. Plus a properly hand loaded .308 will beat it every time as well.

Like I said not worth the hassle. From what I read recently on the Superformance powder coming out you'll be lucky to reach factory velocities with your handloads in the .30 TC. From what I've read the Superformance powder to be released is optimized for the .30-30 cartridge to duplicate the Leverevolution rounds. Nothing wrong with the round I'm sure it will work fine, but for the most part it is all "Marketing Hype."

Now the Icon is a nice rifle but the .30 TC will only ever be a niche round. It will never even come close to denting the market share held by the .30-06 and .308. It is kind of like the new .308 and .338 Marlin cartridges offered by Hornady, a few people will own them but they will never be mainstream hunting cartridges.

December 21, 2010, 10:07 AM
Thats what I was wondering about. He said I could use my deposite money on anything they sell. I had him price me a 270 Icon delux classic just like the 30TC they have and their price ws $925. I believe the cheapest i could order it was about $850 plus the fees. Thats why I was kinda hooked on the $525 price. It is the ultra classic walnut stock. They sell the new Redfield scopes for $160. If you havent ever looked through one they are Very nice scopes.
Thanks again.

December 21, 2010, 11:49 AM
For that price, I would take a chance on it. It's an excellent caliber, it's just never going to catch on I would imagine. If you like the gun, I would start stocking up on ammo when ever you see it.

December 21, 2010, 05:55 PM
Don't know about the round, but I'd wager that the rifle will be the most accurate you've fired. They are AMAZING in the accuracy department in other calibers.