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#532403 - 12/18/07 11:39 AM Re: Left hand rifles?????? [Re: CPerkins]
Kimberman
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 Originally Posted By: CPerkins
Out of the box and using factory loads the Tikka or browning would be my choice. They are both very accurate. I have not owned a savage, but I hear good things about both. I think that if you handload and don't mind having the rifle floated, bedded, and the trigger done, the Remington will end up shooting better groups in the long run. There are exceptions. W.Seay has a 308 abolt that will shoot outstanding groups with factory ammo. I dont see much improvement on that gun. NOt everyone is like that so I still say that the odds go to the Remingtons for me.



I know quite a few people that have A Bolts, and there is not one of them that isnt a MOA or better gun with many different loads. They just shoot good without a lot of fuss.
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#533332 - 12/18/07 10:16 PM Re: Left hand rifles?????? [Re: Kimberman]
Tree Man
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I own two left handed rifles. The first a Remington 700 in 30-06 I bought in 85 when I went on my first elk hunt in Colorado. This rifle has taken three elk, two mulies, one antelope, and several whitetails.
Several years ago I got the hankerin' for a 7mm08. Three years ago I bought a Browning Micro Hunter. I have no problem with the location of the saftey. I do not like to push the saftey off to unload the gun. But on the other hand it makes you think to point the barrel in a safe direction before unloading the gun, so this may not be a bad thing. I am very pleased with the accuracy of the rifle. I have take two antelope, three mulies, and three whitetails with the 7mm08.
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#533613 - 12/19/07 08:47 AM Re: Left hand rifles?????? [Re: CPerkins]
BZ911
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I have owned a tikka whitetail hunter, savage 16 weather warrior and several remington 700 bdls in left hand. all are great guns.I never owned a browning. My goto gun is my remington 700 bdl classic 270 win. timintn tricked it for me. remember do not neglect the glass you mount on it. I put a zeiss conquest on mine. it is a deer kill'n machine. She is a sweet rifle.
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#533631 - 12/19/07 09:00 AM Re: Left hand rifles?????? [Re: Tiny]
woodchuckc
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 Originally Posted By: Tiny

If your talking about your Ruger,mentioned above, and it is a Mark 2 ,it has a similar 3 position. wing type safety much like the Win. M-70. Middle postion to remove the round form chamber,no need to place in the fire position. Now the older "Tang" safety Ruger is like the A-bolt. ;\)

Personally I prefer this type and posiston myself.

Good luck on findeing what you want.


Thanks for pointing that out, Tiny. You are correct about the three position safety, except that with hunting gloves on it is usually just a two position safety - it is hard to find that middle position for unloading. I guess it doesn't really matter, since muzzle safety was ingrained in me by my Dad as soon as I was old enough to hold a BB gun, but it just seems strange to design a safety that has to be moved at all just to operate the bolt. I guess I just never have particularly liked the position of the Mk2 safety either - everybody has their likes and dislikes.

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#533724 - 12/19/07 09:46 AM Re: Left hand rifles?????? [Re: TAS]
woodchuckc
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 Originally Posted By: TAS
Chuck,

You have to come out to the house and shoot some of mine before you buy. I have a pretty big collection to choose from. I don't consider myself an expert but I have shot competition and was a spec ops sniper for many years. IMO the model 700 action is the best out there and would put myself and three of my guns with model 700 actions up against anything (from 100 to 1600 meters). There are alot of good guns out there and am not knocking any of them but for the money it can't be beat. I have hunted out west and in Alaska so we can talk calibers also as there are also many good ones. When it comes to guns and calibers you will get more opinions than if you talk pickup trucks. I don't care what anyone says as long as the rifle is accurate and the caliber is flat shooting and adequate for the game your hunting, your good. What it all boils down to is, what feels right for you and you are confident shooting. Sorry, I don't have any leftys.

Oh yeah, we can only shoot to 400 meters until after deer season. I close my "way out there" range down during the season.


Tim,
O.K., you have me drooling now. We definitely have to get together for a shooting session after the season! I'd like to do some longer shooting with my 22-250 VS (I don't have a place to shoot much over 200 yards at my place).

I have never been an excellent shot with a rifle and have only shot one deer at over 250 yards, so most guns are going to be at least as accurate as me. I did used to be reasonably good at the sporting clays range back when I was shooting on a regular basis, but of course that requires a whole different skill set than being an excellent shot with a rifle.

The main drawback to the Remingtons is the limited selection of calibers available in left hand (except for the KS Mountain rifles, which are a bit more than I want to spend). Tikka and Savage offer a much wider range of calibers than Remington or Browning does currently.

Your "bottom line" statement says it all - it is most important to shoot the gun that is most comfortable for you and that you have confidence in shooting.

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#533737 - 12/19/07 09:52 AM Re: Left hand rifles?????? [Re: Tree Man]
woodchuckc
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 Originally Posted By: Tree Man
I own two left handed rifles. The first a Remington 700 in 30-06 I bought in 85 when I went on my first elk hunt in Colorado. This rifle has taken three elk, two mulies, one antelope, and several whitetails.
Several years ago I got the hankerin' for a 7mm08. Three years ago I bought a Browning Micro Hunter. I have no problem with the location of the saftey. I do not like to push the saftey off to unload the gun. But on the other hand it makes you think to point the barrel in a safe direction before unloading the gun, so this may not be a bad thing. I am very pleased with the accuracy of the rifle. I have take two antelope, three mulies, and three whitetails with the 7mm08.


Tree Man,
I am a pretty good sized guy (6', 220 lbs). The Micro Hunter is offered in a couple of calibers I'm considering, but I wonder about the "fit" of it since it is a smaller gun. I could always add a spacer to lengthen the stock, but I don't know if it would still feel "small".

I need to visit BPS and handle several guns to get an idea of fit.

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#533786 - 12/19/07 10:19 AM Re: Left hand rifles?????? [Re: woodchuckc]
CZ284
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Gotta have fun with this one.

BZ911- how many has your deer killing machine taken this year?

My little A bolt has nine so far.... ;-), and it only has a Leupold Vari XIII 3.5 x 10 x50 on it. No german glass. But I can vouch for Swarovski binocs.

Betcha Browning wins- that's why they say "Browning, the best there is".

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#533807 - 12/19/07 10:33 AM Re: Left hand rifles?????? [Re: CZ284]
BZ911
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Remington rules!!! Why do you think the military use them for the snipers!!! Browning was the man but remington took his lunch money!!!
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#533910 - 12/19/07 11:56 AM Re: Left hand rifles?????? [Re: BZ911]
TAS
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 Originally Posted By: BZ911
Remington rules!!! Why do you think the military use them for the snipers!!! Browning was the man but remington took his lunch money!!!


LOL, that's why I stick with the 700 action. I spent many hours laying behind one plus getting paid for it.
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#533913 - 12/19/07 11:57 AM Re: Left hand rifles?????? [Re: woodchuckc]
TAS
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 Originally Posted By: woodchuckc
 Originally Posted By: TAS
Chuck,

You have to come out to the house and shoot some of mine before you buy. I have a pretty big collection to choose from. I don't consider myself an expert but I have shot competition and was a spec ops sniper for many years. IMO the model 700 action is the best out there and would put myself and three of my guns with model 700 actions up against anything (from 100 to 1600 meters). There are alot of good guns out there and am not knocking any of them but for the money it can't be beat. I have hunted out west and in Alaska so we can talk calibers also as there are also many good ones. When it comes to guns and calibers you will get more opinions than if you talk pickup trucks. I don't care what anyone says as long as the rifle is accurate and the caliber is flat shooting and adequate for the game your hunting, your good. What it all boils down to is, what feels right for you and you are confident shooting. Sorry, I don't have any leftys.

Oh yeah, we can only shoot to 400 meters until after deer season. I close my "way out there" range down during the season.


Tim,
O.K., you have me drooling now. We definitely have to get together for a shooting session after the season! I'd like to do some longer shooting with my 22-250 VS (I don't have a place to shoot much over 200 yards at my place).

I have never been an excellent shot with a rifle and have only shot one deer at over 250 yards, so most guns are going to be at least as accurate as me. I did used to be reasonably good at the sporting clays range back when I was shooting on a regular basis, but of course that requires a whole different skill set than being an excellent shot with a rifle.

The main drawback to the Remingtons is the limited selection of calibers available in left hand (except for the KS Mountain rifles, which are a bit more than I want to spend). Tikka and Savage offer a much wider range of calibers than Remington or Browning does currently.

Your "bottom line" statement says it all - it is most important to shoot the gun that is most comfortable for you and that you have confidence in shooting.




Chuck,

It's a date.

Tim
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