Re: Thompson Center Venture vs Tikka T3 lite
I don't think you would go wrong with either rifle or either round. I've taken quite a few deer with both cartridges. To me it would depend alot on where and how I was hunting. On a broadside lung shot either is plenty of gun and I'd feel fine with a 243 for stand hunting. If I was stillhunting where I may have to take shoulder or quartering shots the 25-06 offers a little more bullet weight and penetration. The 260 mentioned earlier is another good one, all the choices will do the job.
One thing to consider is barrel length. All will produce more velocity with a longer barrel, but the 25-06 really needs at least 24" in my experience. I had a Tikka 25-06 with the 22 5/8" barrel and my velocity's averaged 200fps less than my friends 24" Ruger. I think the T/C has a 24" barrel, but I don't know for sure. I think there is around a pound weight difference between them also if that makes a difference. Check the specs on both and see what fits you best.