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Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Southcentral PA
Re: TC Icon Vs. Ruger Hawkeye?
I also agree that if you're after accuracy, the Icon is probably the way to go.
I like the Rugers, and am the proud owner of one in .280, but they are not the best factory rifles out there in terms of fit, finish, and accuracy.
I would say what the Ruger has going for it is a hinged floor plate (my personal preference), CRF, a good (included) scope mounting system, a 3 pos. Win. style safety, and a history of rugged reliability.
The cons for the Ruger would be an investment cast receiver (if that matters to you) and fit and finish that leaves a little to be desired.
The pros for the Icon that I can see are better fit and finish, a better reputation for accuracy, and a machined receiver with integral Weaver style bases (this really appeals to me).
Cons for the Icon: I'm not really into detachable poly mags (I believe some do have a hinged floor plate), the appearance of the receiver (with large Icon logo), and a two position safety with separate "Bolt Lock".
Nearly all of these things come down to personal preference, but that is how I see it.
I don't think either would be regretted, but they have somewhat different features, so one needs to decide what they are looking for.
I almost forgot triggers. I don't have any experience with the Icons, but the Ruger's LC6 is not readily adjustable and is typically a little heavy, but is crisp and creep free.