This is not a Prop from the set of STARGATE. This is not Admiral Adama’s sniper rifle. This is not a mock up for the new HALO game. It’s the TC Dimension hunting rifle.
It’s “Wash Your Eyes Out With Bleach” ugly. The option of swapping barrels means nothing to me… So why do I like it?
Well, as stupidly hideous as the damn thing looks… it feels awesome when you bring the gun up to your shoulder. And the trigger… honestly, it’s one of the best “Hunting” triggers I’ve ever felt on a gun intended for actual hunting. It has some weight to it… but there is no movement and it breaks as crisp as any gunwriter metaphor can equate. It’s not a Bench Rest Trigger… but you don’t want that on a Field Gun. Too many people think they do… and those people are terribly wrong. You want a trigger that has a touch of deliberate intent, and then breaks exactly at the moment you want it to. Like this trigger. The height of the comb is perfect for when you mount any reasonable scope. This allows a good consistent cheek weld, consistent aim through the scope… and combine with that trigger… this is going to let you make those once in a life time shots all the time.
We got in the Ruger SR22 and the new TC Dimension.
First the Ruger. Of the small .22LR tactical pistols… SIG Mosquito and Walther P22 are the most common of these… I think the Ruger is the best one made so far. Very good machining and good polymer. It doesn’t feel cheap. Fixed barrel, so it has great accuracy potential. I like it, if I am honest. But it does have a really crappy trigger… hopefully the trigger smooths out with use. If it did, the gun would really shine. Ruger needs to clean up the toggle-like triggers and make a version that has an extended threaded barrel with target sights. So, yeah, I think it’s worth buying. If you look at one in the store – ask the Clerk to put on the Large Grip. Feels great in the hand with the bigger grip on it. (and my hands are not huge… really kinda average. My glove size is just “Large”)
TC’s new Bolt Action Switch Barrel. Clever idea… futuristic styling… interesting way they do the barrel swap with an included torque wrench system that makes the barrel swapping consistent… adjustable length of pull with the stock spacers… overall, someone did their homework coming up with this one.
But I hate it. I don’t actually like anything about this gun and I would be money this gun is going to be a huge commercial flop and TC should stick with making Encores with new names. I think this new gun looks like a SciFi Channel prop and feels like something made by NERF. I hate that rifle. Fortunately TC is making a solid rifle in the VENTURE series if you want a TC Bolt Action… great price for the performance value and you can’t go wrong with it. For 450 bucks you can get a whole new rifle… verses 300 for just a new barrel. Come on. Metal Tube, or a whole new rifle in that new caliber you want. I understand every penny counts, but really? Unless you are a wildcatter and are coming up with new stuff to test – and you don’t want an Encore for some reason… Well, then maybe this new Dimension is for you.
For some time I’ve been wanting an Encore rifle. Unfortunately, TC doesn’t make one that I want. Here’s the run down.
Stainless receiver. Polished blued barrel. Walnut stocks. With barrels in 7mm Rem Mag, .338 Win Mag, .25-06, .375H&H and a 12 gauge rifled barrel. Then a couple short 16″ barrels in .308, .223, and .30-30… and I’m thinking a .35 Whelen and 7-30 Waters. A nice collection. There are several gunsmiths out there that specialize in TC Encore triggers, and this would also be a requirement for me. Parting it out, I’m probably looking at about 800 bucks for the first set up brand new, and then additional costs for the other barrels. But I’m not sure if I am wanting brand new. I’m thinking old… I’m thinking used. Used guns often have more “soul” than a brand new gun. I might start this as a “Project” gun. No hurry to build this as I’m in no rush… but I’m going to work on this. Many are going to ask “Why”. To those I simply ask “Why Not?” With a cool leather roll up kit for the barrels. That would be very cool.
This is Uber-Un-Tactical. I know. Many MadOgre readers wont understand this as there are no Rails and Pmags to go with this Single Shot system. No Bolt-Forward Assists or anything. I mean, yeah, you can throw on a Ching-Sling and be psudo-tactical if you want, but a simple leather sling would be ideal.