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oldfart
February 20, 2003, 12:00 AM
Folks, I seem to have created a monster and I don't know what to do with it.

I introduced my wife to shooting and she loves it. She is fairly good with a .38 Special and a 12 gauge, and now she's getting interested in rifles. Awhile back she brought a Spanish '93 Mauser in 7mm home because she just liked the way it felt when she shouldered it. It's a good one, an Oberndorf, but the barrel was pretty well shot out. So we're going to rebarrel it (in 7mm).

Last weekend she talked with her sister and found that Baby-sister had bagged an elk this past season. Now my wife wants to go hunting. Here's where the problem comes up.

While my wife is a pretty good at klling targets, she doesn't have to worry about them running away after an off-center shot. But reaching across the receiver to work the bolt as her wounded elk is on the way to the next time zone might be more of a challenge than she's up to.

So, I'm looking for a rifle, about the same size as her Spaniard, but with a left-handed bolt. Does anybody know of anything like that? The local gun shop has bunches of leftie Remingtons, but the price tags all start with the number "7" and for another nickle would rate an "8". I can buy an awful lot of meat for 800 bucks, and it's already cut up!

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gun-fucious
February 20, 2003, 12:07 AM
is it legal to hunt Elk with a FAL?
http://www.falparts.com/firearms.asp
:evil:

oldfart
February 20, 2003, 12:12 AM
As I understand the rules, if you're going to use a military-style rifle to hunt big game, it must be belt-fed and crew-served. (;^]

bogie
February 20, 2003, 12:43 PM
If you need a lefty rifle, there's several low-budget solutions.

Savage makes some - Should run about $400ish.

Also, don't forget the break-top single-shot rifles, like from New England Firearms - She _should_ only need one shot, right?

Larry Ashcraft
February 20, 2003, 12:56 PM
Second the Savage. Bought the "package" deal for my lefty son-in-law for Christmas. $379 including scope, sling and case.

Peetmoss
February 20, 2003, 04:03 PM
I would give a Savage a try. Good shooters at a great price.

TallPine
February 20, 2003, 04:09 PM
Gee, oldfart - if she's getting into hunting now, you really need to talk her into moving to Montana :)

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