I own 2 Icons, one in .308, the other a 30-06. I'm very happy with mine, they both shoot better than I, the .308 probably has delivered the best groups of any rifle I own. I also have the Model 70 extreme sporter in 300 wsm. This is a great buy at Sportsmans Whse.
If the Icon is no longer, wouldn't one be able to get a good enough deal that leftovers or used rifles would still be a consideration. My only beef with my Icons is both have dbm's, I prefer hinged floorplates. Their triggers are much better than what I'm used to on earlier rifles. Overall, I average under 1.5" groups using factory hunting ammo. There's an occasional 3/8", 5/8" 3-shot group. I question my physical ability, set-up and technique to deliver consistent minimum size groups. So much of the shooter's ability is at stake when determining rifle accuracy, and I'm happy with my results with the Icon.
I'm an Icon fan, glad I got a couple when I did. The Model 70 I mentioned above is the best buy in my safe, not the cheapest, but the best bang for the buck. Can't really afford to plink it much, so far with my talent, the accuracy delivered is similar to the Icon. Great trigger.
Its hard to argue with the points above in favor of the model 70.....I grew up hunting with post 64 model 70's and killed plenty of small blacktails and roosevelts. My dad was a loyal winchester guy and still is. I guess in the end it comes down to what company is still going to stand behind its product for years to come. Model 70 has all of the aftermarket upgrades available.
I had no idea that TC discontinued the Icon, that is too bad cause they are/were a pretty nice little rifle. I have one in .243 and it is a tackdriver with a nice trigger, decent DBM, integral picatinny scope base and other nice features. All things being equal I would actually rather have an Icon vs. the model 70.
In my earlier post regarding the Model 70 extreme sporter, the main reason I pulled the trigger on purchasing one was that it featured a B&C medalist stock with full length alum bedding. This is very similar to the interlok bedding system the Icon uses. Judging from my results at the range, these accurizing methods may be wasted on me but I appreciate the emphasis at the manufacturing level on a factory rifle. I bought into the TC marketing regarding the bedding system, floated match grade barrel, 5R rifling, etc.
Looking at the Winchester site I noticed similar characteristics on the extreme weather (stainless), but thought $1000 was a bit much. Once I verified the extreme sporter from SW was just a blued version of the extreme weather for only 2/3's the money, I jumped all over it. At the time, in order to find similar design/manufacture in a weatherby, I could have looked at the Mark V Accumark, which easily sold for $1700+....and guaranteed to shoot 1.5"
I have 3 icons, 22-250, 243, 308 and one Win, model 70 coyote lite 270wsm. Each and every icon is a tack driver. I never messed with bedding, only worked the trigger a bit. The 243 I have at least 3 one hole groups at 100 yds. The accuracy, fit, finish, and quality of the icon is fantastic. On one of them, the rear swing swivel stud was not centered. I called T/C, they said to send in the stock, and they replaced it free of charge. Excellent customer service, (at least it was a year ago). The last I heard, a week ago, from a S&W engineer (where the Icon is made now) they will be discontinuing the Icon, but I believe they are still making it now. In fact, I have a 6.5 Creedmoor Icon on order now.
The Win model 70 Coyote lite is a different story. My initial groups with factory ammo (to get the brass) were between 3-5" (100 yds) at best, and with Winchester Supreme 150 gr, I could not keep 3 on a 8 1/2 x 11" target. Close examination revealed a reamer mark or gouge 1/4" inside the muzzle. Winchester customer service said to send it back. I did. I waited over a year, calling every three months, and each time Winchester said call back in three months. At the one year and one day mark (from receipt) I asked for my money back. Winchester would not refund my money, but offered a different model. I was able to speak with someone who found the same model and caliber at a distributor, which they sent me, 14 months after mine was sent in.
Now, the new Mode 70 Coyote lite is shooting fine (after a bedding job and trigger spring), but I will never buy a Winchester again.
EFR, impressive range work there. Are these regular Icons or Precision Hunters?
I struggle with a thumper of a heartbeat, 57 year old eyes, inconsistent technique, etc. to be able to ever post pix like that, much less testify to the true accuracy of any rifle I own. I'm really glad I got a hold of the two Icons I have. I read about designs for accumarks, Tecomates, and much more expensive rifles, and I keep thinking- those two Icons in my locker feature all that stuff for a lot less moola.
Sorry to hear about your winchester experience, I'm lucky I haven't had that misfortune with any rifle purchase to date. Lawd knows I bought enough to score some bad buys.
GLewis: All my Icons are the standard medium action, sporter. One has a solid walnut stock, the other two have ultrawood stocks.
Don't sell yourself short in the accuracy department. A good trigger, good glass, and a solid rest on a calm day (usually first thing in morning here), some patience and a good gun, I'm sure you can shoot good.
Westcliffe01: You are absolutely right, but in all honesty, how often do bolt action rifles need spare parts (detachable magazines excepted)? I would much prefer T/C to continue producing Icons, but it will not stop me from buying one more if they stop tomorrow.
This past winter I rebuilt a Marlin 39A that I bought cheap. The lever was completely worn out and had a lot of lateral play. I could not find a lever, and Marlin would not sell me one, so I bored the hole out and made a small bronze bushing. The lever was honestly worn out, but the bore was still good and I refinished the stock and had the metal re blued. The gun was made in 1941.