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First "Southpaw" Rife.

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by BCCL, Mar 6, 2009.

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  1. BCCL

    BCCL Member

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    I've always made do with regular ones, but I decided to get one since I am left handed. Picked it up today, I had to special order it through my local dealer.

    Savage Mark II GL

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    Only had time today to put 30 rounds through it, but the Savage Accutrigger sure seems slick!
     
  2. WardenWolf

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    Nice. Congrats. I'm planning on making my next rifle a left-handed Savage.
     
  3. federalfarmer

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    I am sorry you went and did that. Now you can look forward to fast walks through gun shops looking only at the bolt side, selling good guns at below market value to buy " a left handed gun I found". I jest....kind of! Enjoy, I'd like a lefty .22.
     
  4. lanternlad1

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    How was your accuracy?
     
  5. BCCL

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    Pretty good, for just the first 30 shots I was able to run through it offhand, shooting at a soda can.

    I plan to put a scope on this one in the next few weeks and sight it in.
     
  6. hlq

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    Congratulations on your purchase, after 40 years of of doing the same I picked up my first lefty this fall. Just a warning.. Like me you may come to the realization that you now need to buy one in each caliber that you shoot. Oh and don't forget the shotguns!:)
     
  7. BCCL

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    I REALLY with Savage made their Scout model in southpaw!!!
     
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    BCLL;

    Congratulations! Now, this is what you might want to do.

    First, find the correct flatblade screwdriver & remove the bolt just ahead of the magazine well. Then carefully pull the action from the stock. Inspect the inletting of the stock of evidence of a dull cutter. If so, there will be a lot of 'hair' in there. Clean it out. If you don't, the barreled action will always be moving around in the stock a bit & that doesn't help accuracy. At the same time you might want to decide to free-float the barrel or not. It's easy to do, but hard to un-do. I'd shoot more first & see it the accuracy is enough for you. If so, or after free-floating, seal the interior wood. You don't want moisture getting in there & causing the wood to swell & the bedding to change. That again upsets accuracy.

    These are simple things to do that you might find enjoyable to try. And they can certainly help accuracy which in turn lets you enjoy your new gun even more. I've done all of the above & more. PM me if you want to know about the more.

    900F
     
  9. Jerry D

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    yea once going left, no going back..!
     
  10. BCCL

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    CB900F, thanks!

    I have considered free floating the barrel, I've done that before on a few rifles.

    First move is to get a decent scope!

    I snagged an extra 10 round mag at Dick's Sporting Good tonight, last one they had.
     
  11. fitz47

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    Now that you have that left hand action hand to one of your rightie buddies(unloaded0 and ask them to shoulder,then cycle the action
     
  12. coltnj

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    I also own a Savage bolt action left hand gun w/accutrigger.
    When I purchased it, the dealer told me I was buying a "wrong-handed gun". I also heard "you won't be able to sell it easily."
    It decided this was a good reason for owning a left hand gun.

    I was fondling the Stag Arms AR15 lefty at gun show this weekend. I'm glad that gun companies are offering these products to cross-dominant shooters like myself.
     
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    Congrats on the Mark-II GL, BCCL! ! :)

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    I have been thinking about picking up the same rifle to plink squirrels with. Having used right-hand bolt actions for the better part of my southpaw life, I wonder what'll happen when I actually actually go to use my left hand to cycle the bolt. Hopefully I'll remember not to try and grab it with my right hand... LOL!

    :uhoh: :D
     
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  14. WardenWolf

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    Excellent choice on a Savage. Have fun with it. I'm wanting a Savage .308.
     
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    Schuey2002;

    I grew up shooting competition with RHB .22's. With one very expensive exception, there were no LHB target .22's back then. When I got my first LHB gun, I had no trouble switching over to do it the correct way for us portsiders. I doubt you will either.

    Since then, I've made it a point to have a full battery of LHB guns. It's been an interesting and rewarding process to aquire them. Interestingly enough, when I wanted a large magnum in LHB, I thought I was perforce going to get a Savage. They cataloged one, but upon ordering, it was never available. When the dealer searched his catalog, he came upon a then little-known brand called Tikka, who also showed the Winchester .338 magnum in LHB. And, for some odd reason, Tikka could actually deliver one to my dealer.

    900F
     
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    Contact Savage directly. I know for a fact that you could at one time order one through the custom shop. I lost out bidding on one of these on Gunbroker a while back. IIRC the price hovered around $750.

    To the OP you should have many years of great service out of LH MKII, I have a pre accu-trigger one and it is always a joy to shoot.

    M'bogo
     
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    I have the same rifle in the pre-AccuTrigger version. Also a 93GL in .22 WMR. The Savages are the best value for an accurate rimfire, IMO, and one of the few manufacturers of southpaw versions.

    For a scope I recommend the Nikon 4x32mm Prostaff rimfire scope. The parallax is setup properly for .22 LR and the glass is very clear. Check Natchez Shooters Supply to see if they still have any factory refurb/demo units in stock.
     
  18. SgtGunner

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    A few years ago I decided , as a southpaw I was tired of shooting RHB rifle and not having the "natural" feeling. I tried a Savage in .22-.250, don't even remember the model, but did not care for it. Still have the custom shop target laminated stock layin against my door. Sold the gun, and discovered Heym rifles.

    A bit more expensive than the Savage but WOW, what a beautiful shooting rifle. I now have examples in .22-250, .243, .270, 30-06, 375H&H Mag, 416 Rigby and 458 Lott. By far the BEST rifles I have ever shot or owned. They all sport one model or anothe of Schmidtt & Bender scopes, a more perfectly suited match of scope to rifle I have never found.

    In all there is nothing quite like having a LHB for us southies, changes the whole "feel" of shooting, at least it did for me.
     
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