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Left handed rifles.....I need some opinions

Old 11-02-2006, 07:16 PM
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Default Left handed rifles.....I need some opinions

I decided a couple of years ago that I would only bowhunt......forget that!!
I do love to bowhunt, but my passion for firearms is coming back. I'm a lefty, and I want to get a really nice rifle ina caliber that's suitable for deer and hogs. I tend to "overgun" the game I'm after, but that's just me. I've been looking at:
*L.H. Remington Custom KS mountain rifle in somethink like a .280 or .30-06
*L.H. Browning A-Bolt Stainless Stalker in .270, .30-06, or 7mm. Mag

I've had several left handed Rugers over the years and they've served me well. I want to go stainless/synthetic this time.

Any opinions on these 2 rifles or maybe one I haven't considered yet? Same thing on calibers. When I got out of gun hunting, the short magnums were really getting popular. Now I notice they are REALLY popular, but almost impossible to find ina left handed gun without having it custom made $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 11-02-2006, 07:38 PM
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Default RE: Left handed rifles.....I need some opinions

I've had good luck with two LH SS A-Bolt Stalkers. Very accurate. Dependable in any weather.

Savage also makes some accurate LH rifles. Not the prettiest but most of them are real shooters.
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Old 11-02-2006, 07:41 PM
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I'd look into what a nicer stock put on a LH SS Savage would cost. If it comes to about the same I would lean that direction.
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Old 11-02-2006, 10:17 PM
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Savages Model 116FLSS comes in the wsm's if they interest you. LH'd, ss and synthetic stock. I have a Savage 10II ML with SS/Synthetic Stock and accutrigger. The stock on it is poor/flexand I am still not 100% sold on the accutrigger, but it shotgreat out of the box. Like mentioned you could look at this model and compare cost with putting a quality Synthetic or laminate stock on it to see where you'll end up. Manylove the Accutrigger but I am use to having a reduce normal trigger so the adjustability isn't really a big dealto me as some. Also theneed to depress the safety mech of middle portion of the trigger causes me some lapses in concentration, more of getting use to it I assume. I have grown a dislike to tang safety, don't like 3 position safety or having to push it into fire or middle point to unlock the bolt.

I own a SS Stalker in LH 270 win, good gun, accurate and dependable.Like the Savage it uses the Tang safety as well, same dislikes. I also don't see the need for the detachable/box mag the abolt uses. For deer.270 is wina good cartridge, though no idea if it is good for boar or not.

My most used Biggame CF is a 7mm rem mag I have shot varmits to moose with it, love it. This one is a Rem 700 LH wood comb stock withDetach mag. Love the gun, fits me perfectlyand shoots great as well.

Before buying or coming to a decision get out and do some handling, check out all the features you'll find what you like and fits. My peevesor dislike are personal prefences, though the function of the savage and browning are just fine. Just stating you really need to come to your own conclusion what you like and dislike, many will say they love the accutrigger, tang, etc.

Good Luck and welcome back to the gun side of things
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Old 11-02-2006, 11:01 PM
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It sounds like you are looking for a quality firearm. Both rifles you mention would make a great choice. If you are willing to step up a few hundred dollars, I would consider the synthetic stocked Cooper. It is a real jewel. I would look at one in 308 caliber. They are american made!!! So is the Remington, but the custom KS costs as much as the Phoenix Cooper, maybe more. Tom.
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Old 11-03-2006, 12:27 AM
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I would look at one in 308 caliber.

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Old 11-03-2006, 06:52 AM
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Well people, only about 15% of us are LH shooters. So companies do not want to spend a whole lot of money to make LH guns. I finally found a brand new LH Browning Medallion 300Wmag that nobody wanted. I must be the only LH shooter in my area. But now I want something bigger. I'm thinking of a Weatherby 30-378 or 338-378. They only come RH. I'll have to buy RH. But as you all know, it's the first shot that counts. If you have to shoot 3 or 4 times to get the animal down, maybe you better stay home and watch tv or get your rifle sighted-in by an expert. My mind is made up: it's gonna be RH and I'll have to get used to it. They're also easier to sell back.
Funny....I'm RHed in everything else.

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Old 11-03-2006, 10:18 AM
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I finally found a brand new LH Browning Medallion 300Wmag that nobody wanted. I must be the only LH shooter in my area. But now I want something bigger.
Have you checked into the Rem700 LSS LH inan Ultra mag? This model has been discounted (nothing new for southpaws[:@]) but I have seen a number advertised on sale. Available in 338 RUM which might be of interest to you. LSS/LH is also available inthe 7mm and 300 RUMS. Maybe worth checking into, have seen them as low as 650usd on the internet which also could be an option for you if your in the US! Just a thought
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