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Custom Left Hand Rifles - 4 to 6 week completion times on left hand rifles

 
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Old 08-30-2011, 03:51 PM
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Re: Left Hand Rifles - How much interest is there in "Ready To Ship" left hand rifles

I'm a lefty, when I decide to purchase a custom rifle, I will be looking for left handed
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Old 08-30-2011, 04:00 PM
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Re: Left Hand Rifles - How much interest is there in "Ready To Ship" left hand rifles

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Here's my idea for you. Stock the actions, magnum, long and short or lets say 3 magnums, 2 long and 2 short. Have the stocks pre bedded to the actions in left hand and then sell them like this or advertise them this way:
2 weeks till it ships, left hand (insert stock, action and barrel description) and then say in (for example) 264 win, 7mm stw, 300 win. You have the barrel blanks and can cerecoat them so instead of one extreme or another you have them prebedded and all you have to do is chamber, cerecoat and headspace (not in that order) and it simplifies how much inventory you have while still having as close to "ready to ship" as you can without all the cost and inventory. What I would say is look at how fast anything left hand is sold in your classifieds! They never take long and us lefties are way more used to paying substantially more than righties. We also go the custom route faster since there are so few " non-custom" options. You would be filling a niche and in this economy anything that gives you an edge is good. Let me.know since I need a 6 mm something.
From a business side AND consumer side this makes the most sense! That's the way I'd go if I were you Len.
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Old 08-30-2011, 04:08 PM
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Re: Left Hand Rifles - How much interest is there in "Ready To Ship" left hand rifles

Len this is a pretty major undertaking. In any event i know you have made issue of the cost adjustment to make this transistion.
I am left handed and shoot right handed or left handed i made it a practice to do so and have no problem.
We left handed people have to adjust and i did.
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Old 08-30-2011, 04:09 PM
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Re: Left Hand Rifles - How much interest is there in "Ready To Ship" left hand rifles

I think it is an excellent idea. As a leftie I am frustrated in the limited selection of rifles and calibers offered in the marketplace. I ordered a custom left hand .375 H&H Mag several years ago, and it took eight months to produce.

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Old 08-30-2011, 04:12 PM
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Re: Left Hand Rifles - How much interest is there in "Ready To Ship" left hand rifles

Although I'm left handed I have shot with right handed bolt actions for so many years it makes little difference to me. I have only one LH bolt action rifle and it feels strange to use, but I can get off a followup shot a little more rapidly than with a RH action. The big issue would be getting the tooling for LH actions and stocks - manufacturing cost on very limited volume pieces should not be very different. If I was in the market for another rifle and it was available in LH without a serious cost and time penalty I would opt for the LH version.
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Old 08-30-2011, 04:37 PM
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Re: Left Hand Rifles - How much interest is there in "Ready To Ship" left hand rifles

I owned an archery shop a short while ago. One way that we stayed on top if offering things the competitors didn't. We had a full selection of 'lefty' gear. In our case if any one person of the bunch was a lefty folks came to our store to shop because then they all could have a selection to choose from. In your case it's obviously different because it isn't retail. That being said, I don't think it would hurt to have 1-2 lefty's in stock.

Obviously I don't know what your inventory looks like or what your carrying costs are for the products. That all has to be factored in, of course. My suggestion, build 1 in the most popular two calibers. If they sell quickly build them again. If they do not sell in a reasonable amount of time move them off the shelf and have them via custom order only.

I'm not a big fan of $ sitting around collecting dust...

Good luck!!!!
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Old 08-30-2011, 04:38 PM
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Re: Left Hand Rifles - How much interest is there in "Ready To Ship" left hand rifles

Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. I agree with the others that stocking would be a bad idea from a business perspective. Lefties are used to waiting for something that is primarily a right-handed product (especially a product worth waiting for). The 4 to 6 week wait for a quality left handed rifle is a small price to pay for what we would be getting.
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