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Old 04-12-2019, 11:34 AM
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Default Current Bolt-gun options for lefties

EDIT: Decided to put everything in one thread since iím in the market.

I don't know how "new" these are, but I just saw them today.

3 new Ruger American predator caliber options for southpaws.

.243
.7mm-08
.308

in addition to the existing 6.5mm Creedmoor

https://ruger.com/search/lefthanded/rifle

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Old 04-15-2019, 9:00 AM
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Called around - Looks like:

1. Discount and turners show them in-stock from distributors.
2. Street price looks to be about $499.00 for the .308, specifically. Not bad at all, IMO.
3. Models available look to use Ruger rotary mags. They didn't show an AICS/Pmag model, currently.
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Old 04-15-2019, 4:48 PM
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Default Tikka lefty options

Filter for left handed, if it resets:

https://www.tikka.fi/en-us/rifles

Most seem to be in the $800 range locally

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Old 04-15-2019, 4:56 PM
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Default Remington 700

https://www.remington.com/search/rif...nd&passion=All

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SPS compact
SPS Varmint
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Old 04-15-2019, 4:56 PM
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Default Savage

https://savagearms.com/content?p=fir...ube=off&fsamt=


15 or so options - pretty legit.
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Old 04-15-2019, 7:46 PM
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Default Bergara

https://www.bergara.online/us/rifles/b14/hmr-rifle/

Bergara B14 HMR - left hand

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As a lefty, it only matters for dangerous game rifles. Anytime you are shooting supported (blind,bench,sticks,tree stand) it makes little to no difference.Shooting with a sling does suck, I'll admit. If I was on rich and on safari shooting dangerous game I might make my whole battery left handed out of an abundance of caution, but otherwise you're better off living in the RH world.
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Old 04-15-2019, 9:04 PM
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As a lefty, it only matters for dangerous game rifles. Anytime you are shooting supported (blind,bench,sticks,tree stand) it makes little to no difference.Shooting with a sling does suck, I'll admit. If I was on rich and on safari shooting dangerous game I might make my whole battery left handed out of an abundance of caution, but otherwise you're better off living in the RH world.
God bless America...the land of choice. To each their own. All the rest of my rifles are RH and a compromise. This one is just for me.
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Old 04-16-2019, 6:51 AM
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If you're a lefty, shoot left handed rifles. Besides the ability to work the bolt without lifting your head from the stock. They are also safer if you have a case failure since they are designed to vent the gases away from your face. The right handed guns will let the hot gases run down right side of the bolt and vent directly in front of your face.

Here are some Winchester, Remington, Savage, Ruger, CZ, Montana Rifle Co., etc. I have others but this gives you an idea of what's available :


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I struggled with the decision between the limited options and ended up getting the Tikka Tac A1 in 6.5. I didn't have a frame of reference to know what I would want in a custom rifle and I was turned off by all the long lead times. I also didn't want to buy an R700 that would just end up needing a lot of work.

The lefty HMR's were announced at Shot but don't appear to be shipping yet.

Shooting 1000y a few weekends ago.
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If you're a lefty, shoot left handed rifles. Besides the ability to work the bolt without lifting your head from the stock. They are also safer if you have a case failure since they are designed to vent the gases away from your face. The right handed guns will let the hot gases run down right side of the bolt and vent directly in front of your face.

Here are some Winchester, Remington, Savage, Ruger, CZ, Montana Rifle Co., etc. I have others but this gives you an idea of what's available :


Thanks for the post, those 2 reasons are my main 2 drivers.
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I struggled with the decision between the limited options and ended up getting the Tikka Tac A1 in 6.5. I didn't have a frame of reference to know what I would want in a custom rifle and I was turned off by all the long lead times. I also didn't want to buy an R700 that would just end up needing a lot of work.

The lefty HMR's were announced at Shot but don't appear to be shipping yet.

Shooting 1000y a few weekends ago.
That might be my next rifle, so jelly.
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Old 04-19-2019, 8:28 AM
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That might be my next rifle, so jelly.
It's a shooter too. Under .75 with Hornady 140gr American Gunner without even trying. .5 with the Match ELD in 140.

Emailed Bergara and they said their new lefty HMR's should be in stores by summer.
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If you're a lefty, shoot left handed rifles. Besides the ability to work the bolt without lifting your head from the stock. They are also safer if you have a case failure since they are designed to vent the gases away from your face. The right handed guns will let the hot gases run down right side of the bolt and vent directly in front of your face.

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Sometimes the rifle you have is the one you shoot: like the Israeli Mauser I was working at Davis Street yesterday. I've been a left handed shooter (thanks to my eyes) all my life and can cycle the bolt on this and my other Mausers with no problem. Sure, I have to lift my head from the stock but that's only for about a second or so.

But over-all you're right. I've had a Remington 700 LH for more than 40 years; I just wish someone made a left-handed Mauser. I also want a unicorn and saddle.
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It's a shooter too. Under .75 with Hornady 140gr American Gunner without even trying. .5 with the Match ELD in 140.

Emailed Bergara and they said their new lefty HMR's should be in stores by summer.
thanks for the info on the Bergara's...might be a bit over my budget, but it's great to have a new option.
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thanks for the info on the Bergara's...might be a bit over my budget, but it's great to have a new option.
I think street price should be under $1000 and I would definitely stretch my budged it needed if the cheaper option is an R700.
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I also didn't want to buy an R700 that would just end up needing a lot of work.
They don't actually NEED any work.
They work perfectly fine as sold.
Same as a Honda Civic.
People do the work to customize them yo their liking because it's easy.
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They don't actually NEED any work.
They work perfectly fine as sold.
Same as a Honda Civic.
People do the work to customize them yo their liking because it's easy.
I was talking about for me. There isn't a factory R700 in 6.5 that meets my needs as a base for a PRS type build. So I'd end up having to get it re-barreled, so might as well true it etc etc.
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They don't actually NEED any work.
They work perfectly fine as sold.
Same as a Honda Civic.
People do the work to customize them yo their liking because it's easy.
That speaks to my decision, right there, Randall. Not based on quality/functionality, but more on trying to anticipate changes i’ll want to make in the future, since i’m a tinkerer

I have a r700 lefty MDT chassis sitting, waiting but I am exploring other options since i am not 100% decided on the 3 lefty options available to me from remington.

One good thing is that I’m 100% decided on caliber (.308).

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