Left and Right handed stocks...?'s

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by Earnhardt, Aug 18, 2018.

  1. Earnhardt

    Earnhardt Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for all of the help with the stock finishing thread guys!
    It's greatly appreciated!

    Next idea/project...

    I have (2) Rem 700 RUMs
    1 is a right handed 300 RUM, and the 2nd is a left handed 338 Edge.
    Even though I've always been a left handed shooter, I've always had right handed guns...AR's, auto slug guns, bolt actions...
    Believe it or not I actually am having a hard time transferring over to a left handed bolt with the 338 Edge.
    I want to get a bench rest stock for the 300 RUM and 338 Edge, and I'd like to interchange the actions on the same stock...
    If I buy a right handed bench rest stock (Stocky's sells KSA 3" benchrest stocks), I know I'll need to open up the left side for the bolt arm/handle, the trigger and whatever else arises...
    It'll save me space in the safe and $500 bucks...
    I've done this many times before with my Savage Target actions, whether it was my 6.5 CM or the 2 smokeless muzzle loaders I have have on Savage Target actions. It works great. But they are all right handed actions.
    Besides the "WTF Factor" of having a benchrest stock set up for both a right and left handed actions...what else am I missing?
    Another question is this...the benchrest stocks I've seen all are for single shots, with no opening for the Magwell, can I use a Rem 700 long action with a mag opening in a solid bottomed block (no magwell opening) in a benchrest long action stock?
    Thanks
     
  2. shortgrass

    shortgrass Well-Known Member

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  3. shortgrass

    shortgrass Well-Known Member

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    Another option may be to buy a right handed action to replace the left handed action and not make alterations to the stock.
     
  4. Earnhardt

    Earnhardt Well-Known Member

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    Ya, trust me, I've thought about that...
    But that 338 Edge Lefty is a tack driver!
     
  5. shortgrass

    shortgrass Well-Known Member

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    A tack driver!? The darned thing should drive railroad spikes! Or, at minimum, 16 penny nails!
     
  6. yobuck

    yobuck Well-Known Member

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    If im understanding correctly, the question is basicly wether or not an open bottom action can be used in conjunction with a solid bottom stock, (no magazine cutout at all).
    The answer is yes its actually commonly done, but a single shot adapter to fill in the magazine opening on the action will be required.
    I can also say that many have been made from some type of hard wood, like Maple.
     
  7. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    A good friend is left handed and shoots right handed. He buys the classic designed stocks (No cheek piece and no offset butt stock).

    He shoots/holds the stock to his right shoulder, and operates the left hand action with his left hand and controls the rifle with his right hand on the pistol grip.

    He does very well shooting this way and says it feels very natural.
    He tried shooting left handed and it did not work for him because he is right eye dominate.

    When I shot IHMSA lots of the bolt action pistols were shot right handed but the actions were left handed for better control and the ability to maintain your grip on the pistol.

    Try this method and maybe it will work for you.

    J E CUSTOM
     
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