Re: T/C Icon bolt action rifle
I predict that the Icon will be a huge success. I plan on ordering or, pre-ordering one in the next week or so. I think it has all the best features that hunters look for in a rifle. I have heard some people complaining about the weight, but I really dont think that will be a problem. I dont know about everyone else, but most hunters here in north carolina take their rifle out of the case, throw it in a gun scabbard on an atv, pull up under their deer stand, and climb the tree. With that kind of hunting, weight is not an issue at all. I have absolutely no need for a lightweight rifle, so the Icon will suit me just fine. As for future versions of the rifle, I would be willing to bet that we will see a synthetic stocked version before next fall. It should be fairly simple to drop the Icon action into a synthetic stock. Hopefully the stock will include some of the recoil reducing features of the new encore pro hunter stock. I would love to see an Icon with a realtree camo stock, perhaps in the new All Purpose pattern. I would also be willing to bet that Nikon will come out with a scope specifically made for the new .30 T/C cartridge, just like they did with their new Omega muzzleloading scope. There is just too much of a relationship between Greg Ritz and Nikon for that not to happen at some point. I also hope that there will be a predator hunter version of the Icon, chambered in .223 and .22-250, perhaps with a full camo job, a 21 or 22 inch barrel, and a tactical type bolt handle. That would be perfect, as predator hunting is one of the fastest growing segments in hunting right now. Only time will tell if any of these predictions will come true, but either way, it is an exciting time to be a gun nut.