July 21, 2010
Petzal: Thompson/Center Icon Warlord Review, Part II
By David E. Petzal
In case you missed it, here is part one of the Warlord review.
My rifle had seen some use when I got it—I’d guess a couple of hundred rounds, and I didn’t bother shooting it with hunting bullets or with .308 slugs of less than 167 grains (the current 7.62 sniper round uses a 175-grain bullet). ALL GROUPS ARE 5-SHOT, NOT 3. (Bear in mind that T/C guarantees 3-shot ½ MOA, and that the target that came with the rifle was 3 shots in .400.)
Federal factory match 168-grain .600
Nosler 168-grain match handload .646
Lapua 167-grain Scenar handload .276
Sierra 175-grain Sierra Matchking handload .500
Berger 168-grain handload .387
Not only is the rifle exceedingly accurate, it is exceedingly consistent. None of the five bullet groups above deviated more than ½-inch from a center point. If you superimposed all the groups I fired it would still be one group. You can shoot this rifle fast, slow, clean, fouled, red hot or ice cold; it makes no difference. The slugs all go to the same place. I have shot nothing else like it, and I would not know where to go if I wanted a more accurate tactical rifle.
The price is $3,499, and delivery time is 12 to 14 weeks. Tcarms.com