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Old March 15th, 2017, 04:03 PM   #1
 
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South Paw Needs Advice

Greetings fellow shooters. I am new here on this forum, mostly because I am looking for some advice regarding bolt action rifles. Aside from my time in the US Army, the only rifles I've used to an extent worth mentioning are lever action - they are what I was raised with but more so because I am left handed. I'd like to explore bolt action and am particularly interested in Ruger's Guide Gun. I'd like to get a 30-06 which Ruger only makes right handed (according to the web site), but Ruger has a left handed option that is chambered for 375 Ruger.

I've seen left handed people use right handed bolt action rifles, but it always struck me as cumbersome - either having to reach over the rifle with their left hand or moving their right hand away from the fore end. I've tried out right handed bolt actions but have avoided buying one because they did not feel right. I'm not sure if this was simply due to muscle memory being used to a lever or due to the awkwardness of using a right handed bolt left handed. Maybe both? If it is just muscle memory - can that be overcome?

Are there any fellow south paws on here who can offer words of wisdom on whether it is better to go with the left handed bolt action even though it is not the desired caliber, or just learn to use the right handed bolt action since that opens up a whole world of options?

Thanks for any advice that is offered up. Cheers!



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Not a great solution for all but a remington 7600 pump in 30-06 is easily used by a left handed friend of mine on a hunt. The safety is cross bolt type and is easily useable by lefthanders including my wife who is left handed. She shoots a 20 guage 870.
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I feel your pain. As a fellow south paw it seems like the gun makers hate us. I have a left handed M-77 in 270. Its what I hunt with and would like to have the same thing in a .338. I'm not really into all the new plastic stuff but a south paw aint got much choice unless you can afford a high dollar custom. Remington makes a lefty so does Savage. Might have to move to a 7mm mag.
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Why not consider other Ruger rifles left handed in .30-06, like the M77 or American. My son is a south paw and can not effectively shoot a right handed bolt action. He has the American in .30-06 left handed and loves it.
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My dad bought a step grandson that got into hunting with us a left handed American and loves it FYI, sorry I can't be of more help, i'm not wrong handed..
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I am going with a lefty American rifle soon, probably 308. Just a bit more money to save.
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I wouldn't "settle" on a caliber due to there not being many chambering for that model, I would look at a different model. The 375 Ruger is not for everybody, unless you like taking a beating every time you go to the range.

If your not dead set on a 30-06 you may want to consider looking at the 6.5 CM, it has an exceptional B/C. Pretty much all game you could take with a 30-06 can be taken with a 6.5 CM up to and including Elk, as with all guns though a lot has to do with yardage and shot placement.


My buddy is a lefty and he recently bought a Ruger FTW hunter in the 6.5 CM and loves it, his Tikka chambered in 30-06 just sits in the safe now. He paid right at $900 for it but its a shooter.

Just another option out there.......



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Good luck in your quest. I hope your happy with what ever you end up doing.

Reaching over the top of the receiver with my left hand to cycle the bolt on a right handed rifle is what I'm used to. A left handed gun sounds awkward. But, that's just me.
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Yep. I got used to the reach over on my RH rifles, but I also have my favorite varmint rig in LH 700. I don't think I would be as successful with that rifle if it were not left hand on follow up shots. It would be especially important for any close in situations to have it LH.
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Sorry I can't offer any words of wisdom on this topic but welcome to the forum.

I'm sure you'll find someone here who can help you out with the left-handed rifle conundrum.
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I have several guns in left hand the Ruger Scout in .308 is the newest. Savage model 11 in .243 and Stag T3 lefty in 5.56, 870 Wingmaster a Savage 220 slug gun just to name a few.
I can run a right hander bolt buy rolling the gun over and I have but if I can get a lefty I will. got a few because they are not made left hand. I also have left handed grips on the MK2.

Savage BA10 in 6.5 will be the next on but the thing is I must order it special as its not listed. That chassis is machined for a left handed bolt They will build anything in any caliber you want if you ask, no so much with the others.

Limited selection sucks but I work around it or sometimes get a lever or pump gun with a top safety like the Browning or Mossberg.
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Maybe a different technique will help? Take a look at this review, The caliber is not important; go to 9:14 and see what I mean.

Ruger American Ranch Rifle in 450 Bushmaster Chambering

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Welcome from another southpaw! I just ordered an American .308 Compact AllWeather in LH from CDNN over the weekend for $398 shipped with an extra mag. If you're looking for 30-06, you could get the American Standard or the Hawkeye, and there might be one or 2 other Rugers. I know that Savage makes LH 30-06 in several models and some packages come with a scope factory mounted and bore-sighted for a fair price (under $600). I'd still have my Savage in .270 if that guy hadn't offered me $200 more than what I had in it. Savage is recognized as some of the most accurate out-of-the-box rifles for the money period. And they ARE the strongest action. I sold my Remington 700 .270 to but the Compact in .308 because of the tremendous reviews it got. If I ever want a "purty" stock I can order one from Boyd's for under $150. I'll still have less than $600in it! But the synthetic stock is fine by me. The cold-hammer forged barrels in the Rugers rival the high dollar barrels from other companies. Hope this helps and welcome from middle Georgia and an old vet!!
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Just looked on the Ruger factory site. Here's the model numbers on 30-06:

Ruger Standard #6915 (matt black w/synthetic stock)
All Weather 6929 (stainless steel w/synthetic stock)

There ya go...
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