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Lefty 223 suggestions
Apr 10th, 2018 at 8:56pm
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Hi all,

As above a friend of mine is looking for a 223 rifle. Must be left handed. He hunts with an air rifle regularly (with great success I might add) but the 223 will be his first firearm, so a bolt action is preferable.

The howa packages on line look great but howa dont do a lefty at all.

What would you suggest he buy?

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Reply #1 - Apr 10th, 2018 at 10:33pm
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Tikka do a lefty mate has 1 not a fan myself but he swears by it
  
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Reply #2 - Apr 16th, 2018 at 7:34pm
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How about a single shot Baikal?  Depending on his hunting requirements may suit just fine. Accurate and very cheap.! in 12 barrell twist though so good for 55 grain bullets but perhaps not so great for heavier bullets if needed.(I'm not sure)
  
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Re: Lefty 223 suggestions
Reply #3 - Apr 17th, 2018 at 10:50am
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I have a left hand T3, 1:8 twist which I'm very happy with accuracy-wise (although a lot of waisted action length!). Bought my son a CZ527, which is a lovely little rifle (mini action - wood/blued). His is RH, but they also come in LH - not especially cheap unless you can pick one up 2nd hand.
  
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Reply #4 - Apr 20th, 2018 at 8:33pm
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Hi Jim Boy,

Yeah there was a single shot on tm last eek that went for $485 with a scope which I thought was a good first rifle. Stainless too. Just shooting wobblys and goats, so dont need to have fast follow up shots. Maybe the best way forward is one of those. He is a cheapskate too so buying a $2k rifle is out of the question.

Thanks for your advice.
  
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Reply #5 - Apr 21st, 2018 at 9:05am
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the bakail is a great wee gun.
they work well and are accurate enough,very few issues arrise with them and dont seem to loose value much.
a simple and cheap airgun mount will see scope mounted securely and straight with out any fuss,as the .22 sized dovetails are ok but its hard to get scope "just right" using them alone.
you can decock a bakail easily enough so its VERY safe to carry with round up the spout,simple to recock to fire .
dont fret the 55grn thing......goats and fellow dont need big heavy pill to tip over and a box of premium factory stuff or some simple 50grn barnes loads will take care of anything bigger without fuss.
  
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Reply #6 - Apr 21st, 2018 at 9:42am
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Back to the OP's mates 'preferable", which was a bolt gun - has he tried a RH bolt gun? Over theyearsI have run into quite a few lefties that have only ever used RH bolt guns and whilst it lookes awkward they had no real problems. (Chime in lefties telling me I am wrong). The sniper in Saving Private Ryan had no probs  Smiley
Also, unfortunately LH firearms can cost more than the conventional RH rifles, are harder to come by, plus they also seem to be harder to sell second hand and drop in value sometimes more than a RH equivalent.
  
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there has been a couple or 3 lefty zastavas come up 2nd hand over last 2 years......
  
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Reply #8 - Apr 21st, 2018 at 12:03pm
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6.5x55bjai wrote on Apr 21st, 2018 at 9:42am:
Back to the OP's mates 'preferable", which was a bolt gun - has he tried a RH bolt gun? Over theyearsI have run into quite a few lefties that have only ever used RH bolt guns and whilst it lookes awkward they had no real problems. (Chime in lefties telling me I am wrong). The sniper in Saving Private Ryan had no probs  Smiley


I'm a 'lefty' but I shoot a RH gun, but then I am right handed.
If I was him I'd get the rifle of choice and learn how to do it.
I also learned how to saw and hammer left handed when I got 'tennis elbow' building my house - can now do both left or right handed - no difference.

I think that makes me amphibious.

  
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Reply #9 - Apr 21st, 2018 at 5:41pm
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Grin Grin Grin Grin nearly spilt me cuppa tea when I read that Mate.....
  
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Re: Lefty 223 suggestions
Reply #10 - Apr 23rd, 2018 at 7:44pm
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American Ruger L/H .223. They shoot well.
Had to remove a little of the fore end stock to clear barrel on mine. Plus looking at stronger magazine release clip spring.
I like mine.
  

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Reply #11 - Apr 23rd, 2018 at 11:13pm
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(Chime in lefties telling me I am wrong).

all of my rifles in the past were R/H.
purchased a tikka t3x L/H
then a savage .22 L/H
then an American Ruger .223 L/H

should have done this years ago.
So much easier for me to use a L/H bolt than R/H bolt action.
  

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Reply #12 - Apr 24th, 2018 at 6:33am
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I hunt with a leftie, and he was quite capable with his right hand gun for 30 years or more. Even shooting as a job in the earlier part of this time.
Then he got a tikka L/H 5 years ago I can still see his grin "this is so easy" he still loves the ease.
I would get a Tikka if I was you.
  
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Reply #13 - Apr 24th, 2018 at 9:11pm
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I had been using right handed actions for the last 25 years then got a left handed tikka two years ago and since then haven't taken anything but the leftie out for a walk
  
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Reply #14 - Apr 24th, 2018 at 11:30pm
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6.5x55bjai wrote on Apr 21st, 2018 at 9:42am:
Back to the OP's mates 'preferable", which was a bolt gun - has he tried a RH bolt gun? Over theyearsI have run into quite a few lefties that have only ever used RH bolt guns and whilst it lookes awkward they had no real problems. (Chime in lefties telling me I am wrong). The sniper in Saving Private Ryan had no probs  Smiley
Also, unfortunately LH firearms can cost more than the conventional RH rifles, are harder to come by, plus they also seem to be harder to sell second hand and drop in value sometimes more than a RH equivalent.


Well isn't that a bit of a contradiction!!!
According to the above L/H rifles don't come up very often and lose value quicker than the equivalent R/H rifle...............so if you wait a used L/H rifle will be cheap.

Just can't understand why L/H used rifles don't come up for sale very often Roll Eyes Wink might be because us lefties don't sell rifles very often..........we just keep buying them.

The only reason left hand shooters use R/H guns is because that's all that used to be available, and even now when I look in shops you'll be lucky to see a L/H  rifle in the rack

My advise why bother handicapping yourself with a R/H rifle, buy a leftie, they are worth it in every way.



  

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