What caliber to get the T/C Icon in, w/ zero need for a rifle of ANY caliber?


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Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
December 6, 2008, 08:51 PM
I just kinda WANT a T/C Icon (a wood stock version one - either the Standard or Classic). Have no need for any rifle of any kind, but really like this one, so can't decide on caliber, but here are the two limiting criteria on caliber:

1. Must be something the T/C is offered in.
2. Would prefer a caliber I already own, as I do not want to complicate my life with a new caliber ideally. But I am not absolutely married to this requirement. I already have hunting rifles in .223 rem, .243 Win (multiple), 6.5x55 swede, .308 Win, .270 win, .30-06 (and 9.3x62mm, .45-70, .45 colt and a couple others which the T/C is not offered in).

With those two constraints in mind, also consider 2 other factors: IF I were to hunt with it, it would be most likely just southern whitetails and hogs, and possible a canada/alaska hunt, but I have many rifles to hunt with, so it doesn't matter a great deal. Secondly, I have a variety of turnbolts that have the bases covered pretty well, but I already have a lightweight .243 and other lightweight rifles, so balancing these with a "Classic" Icon in long action might be the way to go (.270 win or .30-06). But the other two calibers which are interesting but I don't currently own are .22-250 Rem and 7mm Rem mag, so if you can make a case for these, I'll hear it. :) I'm thinking .30-06 so that I'll have two in this caliber for maximum Alaska hunt backup versatility, but also strongly considering .270 Win, .243 Win and .308 Win. I suppose 7mm Rem mag is 5th place, and .22-250 sixth place. I dunno; just glad I live in a country where I can have these sorts of dilemmas. :)

http://www.tcarms.com/firearms/icon.php

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Geno
December 6, 2008, 09:15 PM
O'kay...here goes. The 7mm Rem Mag is both a heavy weight sledge hammer, and one of the flattest-shooting middle weights in American firearms. When loaded with 120 grain HPs, the projectiles sizzle down the barrel at 25-06 velocities. The 140 and 150 grain projectiles travel at .270 Win speed and trajectory, with considerably greater impact...Umph if you will. Step into the 160 to 170 grain projectiles and one still has a respectable trajectory, and penetration that few other calibers can exceed. To boot, all but the very lightest weight projectiles in 7mm possess among the highest ballistic coefficient on the market. That fact lends to excellent down range energy, and minimal drift. Versatility is the alternate name for the 7mm Rem Mag. Have one? Nope. Buy it. I want to shoot it too.

Doc2005

Auburn1992
December 6, 2008, 09:29 PM
How about a 7mm-08?

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
December 6, 2008, 10:08 PM
It's not offered in 7mm-08.

It's kinda too bad it's not offered in .280 Remington, as I have a bunch of brass, loaded ammo, and dies for this caliber, but no rifle.

Doc, you make a good case for the 7mm rem mag, and it's appealing to me, for sure. I've owned three rifles in the past in 7mm rem mag, but they never did it for me, so I sold them (seemed to me like just a .270 with unnecessary recoil). But it is an excellent and versatile long range cartridge, to be sure - tough decision. :)

HOLY DIVER
December 6, 2008, 10:13 PM
auburn1992 i agree i love my 7mm-08
but its a 700 rem
i got a real bad taste in my mouth with the last T/C i owned the accuracy was awfull, call them up and they got to telling me about certain hand loads yada yada
i do hand load but my remm 700 will shoot store bought ammo great and the T/C was flinging them all over the place i got fed up and traded it at a gun show.......now i'm happy

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
December 6, 2008, 10:15 PM
buckshot, was than an encore/contender, or an Icon?

HOLY DIVER
December 6, 2008, 10:22 PM
encore

gvnwst
December 6, 2008, 11:07 PM
Need convincing for a 7mm mag? It is a good cartridge that you don't ahve, and will fill a "gap" (you may or may not consider it a gap) that you *NEED* to fill:D

hossdaniels
December 6, 2008, 11:12 PM
Well, I say 7mm mag, but there is also a strong case to made for a 22-250.

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