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#5971296 - 10/10/15 10:08 PM Left/Right Hand Rifle Question
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I have a question for yall.

I am left handed and have grown up shooting right handed firearms.

A couple of year ago, my wife bought me a Savage Left Hand 17HMR bolt action rifle. I found that I actually did not like a left handed bolt action rifle. I have always been able to stay on target and cycle the rifle with my right hand. Having a left hand bolt I would have to more my trigger hand to cycle the bolt and then reposition my hand to shoot. I determined that I could put more rounds on target faster with the right-hand bolt than with a left-handed one.

Have any of yall tried shooting a left-hand bolt if you are right handed or a right hand bolt if you are left handed? If so, what is your opinion?

For automatics.semi-autos, I prefer left handed firearms simply for the ejection port being away from me.
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#5971325 - 10/10/15 10:36 PM Re: Left/Right Hand Rifle Question [Re: bull279]
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I shoot left handed but prefer right handed bolts. I prefer cycling the bolt with my right hand as well. But I also prefer a straight stock. Some right handed stocks are canted for a right hand shooter. Also, right handed bolt are much easier to sell versus left handed.
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#5971400 - 10/11/15 05:39 AM Re: Left/Right Hand Rifle Question [Re: bull279]
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I am left handed and never again want a right handed rifle to shoot left handed.

Are you saying you can shoot better from a bench? That is about the only position a wrong handed rifle sort of works.
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#5971428 - 10/11/15 07:18 AM Re: Left/Right Hand Rifle Question [Re: bull279]
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I agree with Fireman and I even apply it to a degree. My guns I mainly shoot from bench or do not plan to seriously hunt with are right handed and my bolt guns that get hunting time I tend to go lefty.

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#5971651 - 10/11/15 10:41 AM Re: Left/Right Hand Rifle Question [Re: FiremanJG]
BMD Offline
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
I am left handed and never again want a right handed rifle to shoot left handed.

Are you saying you can shoot better from a bench? That is about the only position a wrong handed rifle sort of works.


I have always hunted with right handed rifle kind of world you grow up in I can't even operate a left handed rifle hardly and the few I have tried I feel like I am trying to eat with chop sticks rather than a fork. But left handed auto shotguns are a must smile
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#5972307 - 10/11/15 06:41 PM Re: Left/Right Hand Rifle Question [Re: bull279]
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I also prefer a right handed rifle. Simple fact is, I tend to hunt in a blind. I always shoot from a rest. It just works better for me.
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#5972363 - 10/11/15 07:13 PM Re: Left/Right Hand Rifle Question [Re: bull279]
maximum Offline
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i'm left handed and when i learned to shoot
one just didn't run down to academy and pick
up a left handed any kind of gun. i learned
to shoot right handed, but never could use
a bolt action the way it's supposed to be used.
that makes it just a heavy single shot with
integral ammo storage for me.
form is what make for accurate shots, so i
sure wouldn't change my shooting at this
stage in life. and this close to opening firearms season.

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#5972369 - 10/11/15 07:18 PM Re: Left/Right Hand Rifle Question [Re: maximum]
Tff caribou Offline
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Originally Posted By: maximum
i'm left handed and when i learned to shoot
one just didn't run down to academy and pick
up a left handed any kind of gun. i learned
to shoot right handed, but never could use
a bolt action the way it's supposed to be used.
that makes it just a heavy single shot with
integral ammo storage for me.
form is what make for accurate shots, so i
sure wouldn't change my shooting at this
stage in life. and this close to opening firearms season.


If you learned to shoot right handed, why can't you cycle a bolt right handed?
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#5972447 - 10/11/15 08:00 PM Re: Left/Right Hand Rifle Question [Re: bull279]
FiremanJG Offline
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The best assignment there is.

A left handed shooter grab a right handed rifle. Shoot from seated, kneeling, and off-hand unsupported, meaning just you, the rifle, and the sling. After the shot MAINTAIN SIGHT PICTURE and cycle the bolt. You can try to reach across with your left hand and cycle the bolt. In the end you'll probably look like a pig on roller skates, and you probably can't maintain sight picture. Now try the same three drills with a bolt handle on the correct side of the rifle...
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#5972531 - 10/11/15 08:35 PM Re: Left/Right Hand Rifle Question [Re: FiremanJG]
Tff caribou Offline
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
The best assignment there is.

A left handed shooter grab a right handed rifle. Shoot from seated, kneeling, and off-hand unsupported, meaning just you, the rifle, and the sling. After the shot MAINTAIN SIGHT PICTURE and cycle the bolt. You can try to reach across with your left hand and cycle the bolt. In the end you'll probably look like a pig on roller skates, and you probably can't maintain sight picture. Now try the same three drills with a bolt handle on the correct side of the rifle...


No argument from me on that. I just never shoot standing or kneeling unless it's with a shotgun
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#5972635 - 10/11/15 09:21 PM Re: Left/Right Hand Rifle Question [Re: bull279]
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If I shoot standing or kneeling, I will probably be shooting a semi-auto rifle. If I am sitting, prone, or at a bench I will more than likely be shooting from a supported position (bar, table, bipod, etc). This is when the right hand rifle and off hand bolt cycling happens.

It interesting to hear about other lefties and how they shoot.
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#5972650 - 10/11/15 09:24 PM Re: Left/Right Hand Rifle Question [Re: Tff caribou]
maximum Offline
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Originally Posted By: Tff caribou


If you learned to shoot right handed, why can't you cycle a bolt right handed?


it's extremely awkward and slow to me. awkward and slow = poor accuracy and form.( to me )
i do fine with the single shots and levers and muzzleloaders and semi-autos i use.

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#5972684 - 10/11/15 09:36 PM Re: Left/Right Hand Rifle Question [Re: bull279]
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Originally Posted By: bull279
If I shoot standing or kneeling, I will probably be shooting a semi-auto rifle. If I am sitting, prone, or at a bench I will more than likely be shooting from a supported position (bar, table, bipod, etc). This is when the right hand rifle and off hand bolt cycling happens.

It interesting to hear about other lefties and how they shoot.


Prone or the three days a year I shoot from a bench (prairie dogs) my non-trigger hand, right hand is holding the rear bag aiming the rifle. When I need to cycle I let go of the grip, cycle the bolt, place the hand back on the grip, never losing sight picture. I enjoy trying to run the range 200 to 800, shooting every target in hundred yard increments in less than one minute. Sometimes I get it in time, sometimes not.
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#5972714 - 10/11/15 09:51 PM Re: Left/Right Hand Rifle Question [Re: bull279]
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Registered: 10/15/14
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Loc: Blanco texas
I started off right too...I still own a few right handed rifles...the users are all left handed now...

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#5972768 - 10/11/15 10:16 PM Re: Left/Right Hand Rifle Question [Re: bull279]
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What if a rifle you really want only comes in right handed models? That happens to me often. Like the Tikka CTR.

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