Thompson Venture Hunting Rifle Review


Editor: Mike

Just the Facts:


I decided to use a Thompson Venture on a Desert Sheep Hunt in Southern Utah in 2010. My caliber of choice, at the time was very limited in the Venture, would be a 7mm Remington Magnum.

I was intrigued by this gun for a couple of reasons: 1: The Price. The Thompson Venture can be found for $449 in many locations, and commonly as low as $399. 2: The promise that this rifle will shoot a 1 MOA.

Once I obtained the rifle, I took it completely apart just to get a good look at it. I was pleased with the construction, the fit, and the finish. I was impressed that a rifle of this price would have such things as a polished blue barrel. Most rifles in this price range will have a cheaply blued rough barrel, but not the Venture.

I also liked the feature of the Venture: A cock indicator, a removable clip, and the gun comes with Weaver style bases. These are all great adds that really make the gun seem like even a better deal.

I took the rifle to the range 10-15 times over the course of several months. I shot 4 boxes of shells, or 80 rounds through the gun. I chose to shoot Hornady SST 154 grain bonded bullets. The gun shot these bullets perfectly, and true to the promise on the box. I was able to shoot a 1 MOA group at 100 yards. NICE.

I found the trigger to be crisp, and easy to adjust. The pull seemed smooth and surprising on each shot.

The only real knock on this gun is the balance in my hand. It feels like the gun has too much weight forward, and I felt the rifle took a little effort to keep on target in the off hand position.

If you are looking for an inexpensive, great shooting rifle…then you have to consider the Thompson Venture Hunting Rifle. This gun is a great add for any hunter.

Nice Job Thompson.

Below you will find the table I put together that lists the Pros and Cons of this gun.


Thompson Venture Pros:

Crisp easily adjustable TriggerSmooth Action

Accurate out of box with any ammo

Detachable Magazine

Comes with nice rail system for easy scope mount



Not well balanced in hand

Little cheaper feeling stock than others in test



 What they could do better

Work on the gun balance

Thompson Venture Hunting Rifle Review
  • Functionality
  • Value
  • Ergonomics
  • Durability