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Unread 08-30-2007, 09:10 PM
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Thank you for posting those images. There are two cross-slots front and back, I put the rings in the farthest front and rear slots. That rifle has some nice wood and the bluing is exceptional - typical TC bluing. The receiver has been lightened a bit, but is still pretty much like the prototypes.
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Unread 09-03-2007, 11:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Ian M View Post
Not sure where they shipped rifles to date but unstand there are a bunch going at a fairly steady basis. I believe that number is a bit low as per how many critters died during the ICON test. This is easily the most accurate out of the box rifle I have ever shot, my rifle is shooting BHA match ammo into one hole at 100 yards. Hate to state any numbers yet, will when I have more groups shot but they are little teenie groups!!!

Here is something I just put on

I have been shooting the new ICON for a total of two days and am very impressed with this rifle (I know, I am biased but...). TC has made a significant change, and improvement, from the prototypes - they have come up with a better detachable magazine and trigger-guard, bottom metal assembly. Probably should not have used the term metal, this unit is space-age polymer and it is excellent. I was concerned about "plastic" parts going on the ICON, these are not Mickey Mouse parts, they are very solid, fit beautifully and function better than any detachable magazine I have worked with to date. The mag holds three rounds and when loaded with three the bolt still moves the cartridge ahead almost effortlessly. Another great feature is that the mag spring is slightly compressed when in place, so when you push the release button it jumps into your palm. Very slick, very reliable and I expect it will stand-up. Magazine is polycabonate also, very well made and handy. Never thought I would agree with plastic parts on a high quality rifle, but this works.

Trigger is superb, I have not weighed pressure yet but it is light and crisp. Stock is walnut, very nicely figured walnut, about perfect fit, including the curve of the pistol grip for my large hand. Action is slick and smooth, extraction has been reliable through two boxes of BHA match 175's during barrel break-in and some shooting to get drops out to 500 yards today. Accuracy is sub-moa by a significant standard. Three shot group at 500 was less than 3" in ugly wind conditions (4 moa windage or 20" of drift but very gusty).

Only negs are a little bit of bluing salts coming out of the barrel/receiver joint and the barrel is not exactly centered in the barrel channel. You have to look close to see the barrel bedding and the salts are easily cleaned up with a Q-Tip and some oil, plus my handy Midway picks. Also the rifle kicks... I am used to 15+ pound long range rifles complete with barrels that look like jack-all handles and stocks that are very close to being clubs. The big rifles soak up the recoil from the mighty .308 Win. but the ICON lets you know when it lets go. I put on my Filson sissy-pad and all was well. Same goes for the .30 TC, although the recoil seems easier to handle in my opinion.

I am shooting a Leupold Mark 4 3-9 MRT and also a Nightforce 2.5-10 NXS on the ICON, both work nicely. Both are one pound scopes and they feature superb turrets that enable very precise long range shooting.

Today my friend made several hits on a steel drum set up at 940 yards with his heavy .308 Win. and 168 AMAX bullets. The angle of the bullets coming down was so steep some of them went into the open top of the drum instead of bouncing off. Nine minutes of wind so drift was about 80 inches, elevation was 28 minutes so the bullets were dropping over 250 inches. Would not want to have been out there, his rifle was shooting very consistently at over one-half mile. Who says the .308 will not reach way out there. I did not shoot the ICON that far but I intend to next session (was letting the barrel cool when he started on the 940 yard target).
Ian, I was out at the range again today and recoverd these from inside the 940 drum.

This one was from a previous day found in the dirt @ 940.

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