Performance Center (think Smith & Wesson) using Thompson Center components has created a new chassis rifle that has just upped the stakes for a budget-get in-the-long-range-game rifle. The price point is truly incredible when you consider that the MSRP of the rifle – $1211 – is less than what I paid for my first aluminum chassis stock over 15 years ago.
The aluminum chassis features a fully adjustable length of pull and cheekpiece. The adjustments are made via two thumbwheels. It’s a very simple but attractive system. The stock is skeletonized to reduce weight but it also looks quite attractive. The forend of the chassis stock has M-Lok so it’s easy to add accessories or Picatinny rails anywhere along the forend. The stock accepts AI-style magazines and ships with one 10-round steel Accurate Mag.
The action comes with an adjustable trigger that can be user adjusted from 2.5-3.5 lbs. I found the trigger crisp and thought it was very acceptable for a factory trigger. The bolt handle is oversized and is relatively easy to get your hands on. The bolt throw was smooth and seemed to be about a 60-degree throw. The action comes with a 20 MOA Picatinny scope base that should get you well past a thousand yards with any decent scope.
The barrel features 5R rifling and is fluted to reduce weight. The muzzle is threaded and comes with a tank-style two-port muzzle brake that looks like it will be extremely effective at reducing muzzle rise and recoil for spotting shots. The muzzle brake can easily be removed by unscrewing it.
Barrel length changes depending on what caliber you choose. The 308 is only available in 20 inch, the 6.5 Creedmoor is only available in 24 inch, and the 243 is only available in 26 inch. I thought this was a little odd but considering the price point, I really can’t complain. BTW those are the only calibers the LRR is currently being offered in.
Hopefully, you like black or flat dark earth because those are your options.
My only other thought is that some shooters will complain about the geometry between the grip and the stock where the web of your hand goes. Most long range shooters don’t actually put their thumb behind the pistol grip but rather keep it out alongside the stock where it’s easier to grab the bolt and where it’s less likely to steer the gun during recoil. I don’t personally see it as a problem but I’m trying to guess what the whiners will complain about.
As far as added value, it comes with a Caldwell brand prone-style bipod and a soft case which means that you literally only need a scope, rings, and ammo to be ready to go ring some long range steel.
To learn more about the Performance Center T/C LRR click, Here.