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Old 04-12-2014, 11:47 PM
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Left Handed Long Range Setup

Hello, I'm new to the forum so bear with me and all my newbie questions. I've always wanted to get into long range shooting and now that I recently moved to colorado I can't think of a better time. I want to get a new rifle setup for long range hunting. I have already decided to go with a 7mm rem mag (don't try to persuade me another way). Being a left its difficult to options. I want something I can shoot out to 1000 yds with and be able to consistently kill deer and elk in the 600-700 yard range (eventually maybe further). I'm looking at maybe a browning x-bolt, remington 700, or savage. I want a gun that as time passes and funds become available i can upgrade. I really like the x-bolt action, but I really like the accu-trigger of the savage, and it seems to me the remington is the easiest to find aftermarket upgrade parts for. I guess I'm looking for guidance on which direction I should go. I want to make a good decisions so down the road I don't have ti buy another gun because i was cheap the first time. Thanks for the help in advance.
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Old 04-13-2014, 11:05 AM
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Re: Left Handed Long Range Setup

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Hello, I'm new to the forum so bear with me and all my newbie questions. I've always wanted to get into long range shooting and now that I recently moved to colorado I can't think of a better time. I want to get a new rifle setup for long range hunting. I have already decided to go with a 7mm rem mag (don't try to persuade me another way). Being a left its difficult to options. I want something I can shoot out to 1000 yds with and be able to consistently kill deer and elk in the 600-700 yard range (eventually maybe further). I'm looking at maybe a browning x-bolt, remington 700, or savage. I want a gun that as time passes and funds become available i can upgrade. I really like the x-bolt action, but I really like the accu-trigger of the savage, and it seems to me the remington is the easiest to find aftermarket upgrade parts for. I guess I'm looking for guidance on which direction I should go. I want to make a good decisions so down the road I don't have ti buy another gun because i was cheap the first time. Thanks for the help in advance.
Welcome to LRH and enjoy! I don't think you can go wrong with list of choices as well as the chambering.

You will however find out there are plenty of loyal die hards on every name brands of rifles out there.

From your list, Remington leads the after market support with the Savage not far off. JMHHO, Savage is probably the most DIY friendly. There's a poll of about rifle's accuracy right out of the box that might be worth your time.

There are plenty of leftists here, just be patient and they'll chime in. Also, the custom search on the top right corner is very useful tool.

Again, welcome!

Ed
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Old 04-13-2014, 02:21 PM
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Re: Left Handed Long Range Setup

OOPS, it should have been "lefties" instead of leftists.
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Old 04-13-2014, 05:28 PM
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Re: Left Handed Long Range Setup

As a left hand shooter, i always look for rem 700 rifles. I know all the other makes are great rifles, but i like to work on stuff. I like the option to change things. I like that most custom gunsmiths specialize on the 700. With a little try and patience, i've built up stocks, pillar bedded, glassed bedded, changed springs and firing pins, adjusted triggers, etc... The 700 used rifle is usually available somewhere. Not all of them will shoot well, but most can be fixed. Most rifles never see 500 rounds fired before someone decides to sell it, so i figure i can clean and tweek good accuracy from the barrel. If not, i can get gunsmiths like darrel holland to rebarrel and true the action. If a guy cant find a 700, and needs a good shooter now, a savage shhots nice, and doesnt cost a bunch. Then keep looking for a 700 used to play with. Jeff.
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Old 04-14-2014, 01:11 AM
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Re: Left Handed Long Range Setup

When you say true the action, what exactly does that entail?
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Old 04-14-2014, 01:50 AM
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Re: Left Handed Long Range Setup

The gunsmith removes the barrel, and machines the front face of the action true and square to the threads. He will also machine the bolt face true and square to the action, and the barrel will be set back a few thousandths and squared. Bolt lugs get lapped for even lock up. All this results in a precision fit up of the three main rifle componants: Action/ barrel/ bolt. It should only be done once. This kind of work takes an experienced gunsmith-machinist, but is suprisingly cheap to have done. If you have a decent barrel to start with, this and a good crown can make a big difference in groups.
Jeff
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Old 04-15-2014, 03:55 AM
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Re: Left Handed Long Range Setup

Will the above mentioned factory rifles with a quality optic get me the accuracy I'm looking for at those ranges? I've also been kicking around the idea of starting with an action and adding a Mcmilan stock, match grade barrel etc. etc.
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