Reviewed By: Steve W on 05/28/2014
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]
I recently purchased the Dimesion in .308 and I am very pleased. While no gun is the end all, be all of firearms there are many benefits to the Dimension. Primarily the ability to change barrels/calibers with a minimal effort is great - what is amazing is getting the same 1 MOA accuracy after taking off and re-installing the barrel. This is my first bolt gun (I own a few M4s, M1A1, 12 gauge and have military and LEO experience) and I purchased it because I was so intrigued by the change caliber concept. Not to mention I wanted to get bolt gun for a while.
Here are some more benefits of the rifle...
* chrome moly barrel = better than regular barrels
* rubberized grips & comfortable grip angle
* free floating barrel in all calibers
* 1MOA accuracy - make sure your optic is tight on the weaver base
* light firearm - 7 lbs is good for hunting & carrying through the woods
* ability to mount optic on the receiver via the weaver mounts
* ability to mount optic permanent to barrel with a bridge mount which can be purchased separately
Things I'm concerned about & what others should be aware of...
* need for low profile scope rings - if you use med or high rings the high comb on the stock is too low and you won't be able to get good sight alignment with your scope
* front hex bolt that holds the receiver is retained by a rubber O-ring so don't totally remove the bolt or you will lose the O-ring & possibly lose the allen bolt; the rear allen bolt has a "cage" where it allows you to loose the allen bolt but retain it so I'm not sure why TC did not put this on the front, so be careful
* take extra care when removing the bolt - when it slides out I have noticed many people including myself will nick and mar the back of the stock; the stock does have a small cut out but its not big enough (this does not interfere with the function of the gun or the shooter)
* be careful with the 2 trigger housing retention pins that hold the trigger in the receiver - they are not secure and can fall out if your not careful when disassembling/assembling the rifle. Not sure why TC would not secure them but I might have to put some lock tight on to keep them in place and give me peace of mind
As for the accuracy, I am currently waiting on rings for my Bushnell Tactical Elite scope so I put on an old Barska I had laying around. Yea its THE low end scope but I really wanted to shoot the Dimension and see how it performed. After zeroing it quickly in 4 rounds (aim for bullseye, shot, then moved reticle to the where the shot impacted), then I shoot about 9 rounds to get used to the feel and trigger break. I then decided to shoot to see if the 1MOA guarantee lived up to the hype. I used some Sellier Bellot 180grain, FMJ and my best group at 100 yards was .732 inches. All in all I shot I was shooting prone with a bipod, no mat, rocky ground at about a 7-10 degree upward angle, weather was sunny with no clouds, 70 degrees with 1-2 mph wind gusts from left to right (awesome day to shoot) at about 5,200 ft elevation. Needless to say even with the el-super-cheapo Barska scope it performed as advertised. I can't wait till I get my other scope rings in.
Weight & Measurements...
With that said, there is recoil with the .308 but the TC butt pad absorbed a lot of the recoil which was nice - being that the rifle is 7 lbs you feel more recoil than with heavier platforms. Of course you will always have that problem of trading weight for felt recoil. As for the high comb, I have even been thinking about getting another stock, cutting out the high comb and putting in an adjustable cheek riser; also thinking about adding some weight to the back end as well. I might do that but I have to put off any more gun expenses for a while. The overall length of the .308 version is 42 inches with the 22 inch barrel. All in all its a great gun and I look forward to getting the .223 and 300 win mag calibers.
Now you might be asking about the trigger - TC states it has an adjustable 3.5-5 lb trigger and its true. My trigger was already at the lowest setting and after using my Lyman digital trigger pull gauge, I got an average of 3 lbs 8.4 oz in 8 pulls. Latter on I experimented and found the sweet spot - if I pulled in a slightly upward angle I could get even better results - in 10 pulls the gauge averaged 3 lbs 4 oz. There is VERY little travel/creep and the trigger breaks really well. I like the light trigger so I will not change it at all.
I spent about $600 for the rifle and also purchased a bridge mount so I can keep the same scope on the .308 barrel which set me back another $100. If I wanted to change to another caliber I would have to spend $200 on a barrel, about $145 for a bolt, etc. Not bad if you get to shoot with a new caliber - a lot less expensive than spending another $600-$800 for another gun. Why change calibers? So you can hunt different game, allow people to shoot lower recoil ammo or simply just to have a cool gun than can change calibers.
All in all if you can get past the unique/different high comb I think you will be pleased with this firearm. I would recommend this firearm and the reason I only give it 4 out of 5 is that the high comb on the stock is not as comfortable as the Remington 700 or similar stocks in regards to cheek weld.