One of those two will be my next rifle, because I like bolt actions and want one in one of those two calibers, and I'm having a heck of a time deciding.
Savage Edge feels much better to me in terms of fit, feels cheaper though perfectly adequate in terms of material. It's also markedly lighter. I didn't get a chance to try the bolt or trigger, so can't comment on those, yet.
Thompson Center is heavier, and feels higher quality. It doesn't fit me quite as well, but still feels great to me. Trigger is a frigging dream, and is user adjustable. The bolt is short throw, but very stiff and heavy during the "$#@!ing" phase.
Savage = $267, Thompson = $500. That means I could get the Savage and a decent scope for the price of the Thompson alone.
In addition to trying to decide which rifle, I also need to decide which caliber. The guns I looked at were as listed above: Savage Edge .308, Thompson Venture in .223. I could, of course, get either gun in either caliber.
.308 = more oomph, more range, heavier ammo, way more expensive. .223 = lighter, more pleasant recoil, Which may be a factor for Cathy. I'm not sure how she'd react to a fairly light .308. She enjoyed the SKS, but the .308 has a bit more oomph. Ammo is lighter, way cheaper to shoot. To the tune of being able to shoot as much as 3 times as much for the same money as I could with .308. I do not necessarily always have the time to reload for rifles and pistols, and shoot pistols way more, so being able to find some cheapo plinking ammo is a consideration. Not to mention, when I eventually get an AR, it may be nice to only need to buy one kind of ammo. Or, it might be handy to have some versatility, in case I can find one or the other, but not both. Purpose for the guns would mostly be fun informal target shooting, with an eye to SHTF uses. Hunting use is some consideration, but since I can't use either one for deer in Indiana, not a major one. The .308 does, though, give me the ability to hunt pretty much anything on the continent if the opportunity arises.
What do ya'll think?