shooting right handed guns left handed??

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Wheatgerm, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. Wheatgerm

    Wheatgerm Well-Known Member

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    I've grown up shooting right handed guns left handed. With my last gun I built I shot from the bench right handed, I shot great groups but ran into a problem this fall during hunting, I had a hard time finding the game in my scope naturally and ended up not being able to get on one buck quick enough and he ended up walking into the trees.
    I hunted two different states this year and ended up making both kills shooting my gun
    Left handed.

    I have noticed left handed stocks that will fit a right handed bolt and really like the idea, I was just wondering if I would run into any unknown issues down the road if I choose to go this route?
    Any help would be great thanks
     
  2. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    I have built several right handed bolt rifles for left handed shooters that worked very well.

    What you want to find is a "Classic style stock with no cast and no cheek piece" This makes the stock ambidextrous And other than the right hand bolt everything else is the same.

    I shoot left or right handed and like these stocks when I am out of position for a right hand shot I can switch to a left handed position with little or no effort to make the shot.

    In the specialty pistols, it is common practice to use a left handed action/stock while shooting right handed.

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  3. Wheatgerm

    Wheatgerm Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the reply. I didn't think it would make much of a difference because I have shot friends rifles and still hit zero. The only problems I could think of was possibly canting the rifle when switching shoulders but my bubble level should be a quick fix to that..

    Im guessing mcmillan and other big stock companies all make thier own style of good quality lomg ramge stocks in the "classic" Style?
     
  4. 7mmRemMag

    7mmRemMag Well-Known Member

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    This is crazy coincidence! I was just telling my parents who I had dinner with tonight about this very thing! My mom is left handed my dad is right handed...I'm right handed too with the exception of shooting a rifle. I grew up shooting right handed rifles with my left. I've never owned a left handed gun...at this point in life it would probably feel out of place behind a left handed rifle! Lol good to know I'm not alone in this!
     
  5. Lefty7mmstw

    Lefty7mmstw Well-Known Member

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    I shoot both right and left handed rifles left hande4d save for the occasional time at the range when there aren't any left hand benches set up or someone has a rifle set up right handed on the bags and wants me to give it a whirl. If I had enough $$ all my righties would be down the road save for a couple for my boys.
     
  6. jmckaig

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    I too shoot left hand right handed guns. I've also grown up doing this and my career is based on being able to utilize right handed rigs left handed. I train for both left and right handed shooting and have built right handed guns to utilize left handed. The only problem I see is if you use a left handed stock with right handed rifle bolt. On most stocks there is a bolt handle notch that would be a problem. Not a huge problem if your a DIY or like you've stated if you find stocks specifically made for that. I don't see any other issues.
     
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  7. Dosh

    Dosh Well-Known Member

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    Wheatgerm, my friend bought a model 70 in .338 win. stuffed into a stock of another maker. He shoots left handed and I noticed on Boyd's Stocks' web site a left handed thumbhole stock for a right handed actions. My friend is retired and can't spend a lot of money so the $114 delivered thumbhole was the ticket. I bedded the action and took the 9 lb trigger to 2.5. He purchased a nice scope and I loaded some Nosler Partition test loads. He shot .680 with the best load. He says he hunts off a tripod and can chamber a round faster with the righty action. He has always shot right hand actions. Just my .02 cents.
     
  8. SidecarFlip

    SidecarFlip Well-Known Member

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    Muzzleloaders are ambidexterious. So are Henry Repeating Rifles.
     
  9. sbhooper

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    I own and shoot both right and left hand rifles. I shoot left-handed. The only problem with these, is if the stock has a comb that is for right hand shooting. I have even shot those before with no problem, though. Other than that, I have never had an issue with it.

    My ex-bil shoots left--handed, but won't buy a left-hand rifle. He said he does this because he likes to trade/sell guns and a right hand gun is much easier to sell. I had never thought about that, but he is pretty much right.
     
  10. BrentM

    BrentM Well-Known Member

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    Me too on all of this. I shoot left and use right hand rifles. My last 3 are using a straight stock therefore face position is mute. My family swaps around with me and it makes a nice for them to not have to adapt to a lefty. I have 1 left handed rifle in a model 700 BDL and they all freak out when using it. So they don't LOL.
     
  11. Wheatgerm

    Wheatgerm Well-Known Member

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    Sorry guys I had thought this thread had died off so I hadn't checked it for a while.
    Thank you for all the replies it sounds there is a bunch of us out there with the same issues!
    Sounds like if I just get a beaver tail stock or a "left handed" stock built for a right handed bolt all will be good.thanks again for all the replies and opinions
     
  12. Varberger757

    Varberger757 Well-Known Member

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    Related to the thread I have a more specific question. Normally I'm a 100 % righthanded but except shooting. I've been shooting lefthanded my whole life same as my father did. So, now my question. I could purchase a lovely Sendero SF II in 7 RM but I'm in doubt due to the stock with its palmswell. What do you think and does it matter to me as lefty?