I have been reading some write ups on this new bolt action offering from TC and like what I see. I have tested all of the new economy bolt action rifles as they became available. Economy means <$400. If we go to <$500 things change and I will go with the Weatherby Vanguard S2 every time. However I gave $425 for my S2 223 and $440 for my S2 7mm-08 so they don't quite fit into the under $400 range.
I have been watching the Weatherby Compass rifles on auction sights and at wholesalers. I could have bought one for $299 a couple of weeks ago but got busy and missed the end of the auction.
I like the target sized bolt knob and the Winchester style toggle safety that locks the firing pin back rather than acting as a trigger block. The bolt other than the safety is a Ruger American copy cat which is good enough that Ruger is now using it in some long range target applications. The one thing that I am not liking is the absence of a front receiver lug protruding into the stock. Instead the front of the receiver has a side ways slot in the bottom side of the receiver and that slot fits over a lug that is part of the stock. This will accomplish what it's suppose to accomplish but it means that your stuck with the factory stock that comes with the gun. I'm thinking that aftermarket stock makers like Boyds will shy away from it but then they are making after market stocks for the Savage "B" Mag which is the worst plastic stock that I have ever held.
The Compass will be offered in a host of cartridges but the first ones to become available at least on gunbroker are all 7mm-08s, which is my favorite in recent years.
I think I'll test the waters and give one a go.
If anyone already has one then I'd like to hear your thoughts?