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    Let hand shooters

    Just curious to know if there are other left hand shooters that use right hand rifles? My dominant eye is my left eye. Using a left hand rifle would feel awkward ( working the bolt ) and it's never hindered me shooting right hand rifles. Would be Interested to hear about others in the same boat.

    Thanks in advance.
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    USED TOO and still can but anything with a biased stock is horrible. Once you go left you never go back
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allizdog View Post
    Just curious to know if there are other left hand shooters that use right hand rifles? My dominant eye is my left eye. Using a left hand rifle would feel awkward ( working the bolt ) and it's never hindered me shooting right hand rifles. Would be Interested to hear about others in the same boat.
    Are you saying you shoot righthanded as well or simply that you are using righthanded rifles?
    Have swapped in the last 10yrs or so to mainly lefthanded rifles after using righthand rifles for 20+yrs before that.
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    No. Only shoot lefthanded but use righthanded rifles. Yeah weird I know. I could learn to either 1. Use a left hand rifle or 2. Shoot right handed but have never felt the need.
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    Yer, I started with the old .303 and then to a P Hale right handed bolt .308, if I had thought about it I really should have got a Savage lever action but when young the brain is asleep. Now my hunting is with a Marlin .3030 .

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    Beeman and Deereman both lefties shooting right handed rifles always have, they can operate the right hand bolt pretty much as quick as a right hand shooter can.
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    im a lefty all my rifles are left handed suits me. its a piss off with little rifle selection and increase pricing though. its worth paying more to buy one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mooseman View Post
    Beeman and Deereman both lefties shooting right handed rifles always have, they can operate the right hand bolt pretty much as quick as a right hand shooter can.
    Ah.... So there are currently at least a couple of others.
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    I'm a lefty but prefer right hand auctioned rifles.
    Both Boyds and GRS makes stocks to suit.
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    I'm kinda both. Shoot with the right. But my left eye is the dominant. For pistol it's fine as it gives me a longer eye-to-sights distance. For the rifle, hey I'm a real real home-grown genius who is able to shut one eye at a time... Not ideal.

    I'm in the process of mounting a picatinny rail on the left side of my SMLE sporter's receiver. Will be using an offset set of scope mounts on this (offset up/right). It will allow me to mount a scope without obstructing the open iron sights and which does not obstruct stripper clip loading. Incidentally, while setting it up I saw I might be able to look through the scope with my left and dominant eye if remove the cheek pad. Have to wait and see about that one.

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    I'm a lefty ive got left and right handed rifles and find both ok to use
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    I am left handed mostly there are somethings I do righthand because it's easier I am lucky my eye dominance is not very strong to the left
    I started out shooting lefthand with a .22lr semi but after getting pissed off with the lack of lefthand guns and gas blowing in my face I switch
    to righthand still shoot pistols lefthand it feesl off doing it righthand

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    I'm left eyed/handed but used right handed hunting rifles for years, then a lever (MLR). When I finally got a left handed bolt it took a few outings to get used to but I am so glad I did it. What a difference.
    I love giving right handers my rifles. They play with them for a while and say "God that feels awkward".
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    Iím left handed, shoot left handed but am right eye dominant, so have to close it. I have had left handed rifles, and they suit me better, both the action and the comb. All the classy old rifles are right handed, and those are what I own and shoot now, without issue.
    But most of all I prefer lever actions, which are generally ambidextrous, with the exception of the safeties on some.
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    Interesting thread. Left-handed here too. I use VZ33 mauser actions on the hunting rifles (bolt right side) but the stocks are all set up for left-handed use. For me there are two issues with this setup: reduced protection in a case failure situation, and needing to break position between shots when working the bolt. Other than that I quite like having the open side of the action facing me in a rifle for stalking. It provides constant visibility of the bolt position and where a partially-chambered round is. There are also right-handed M70 3-position side swing safeties on all of them, and these are probably more convenient for a leftie to use (with the thumb) than if they were on the RHS.
    The Barnard here is left-handed action though for the reasons above.
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