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    Left hand .223 using AR mags?

    I'm planning on purchasing a couple of .223 rifles to fill the gaps in my gun rack.

    Thinking about a Troy pump action, and a left hand bolt action that would ideally use the same AR-style magazines.

    Visited the websites of Ruger, Remington, Savage, Mossberg, Howa etc. Savage do offer 2 options (and good on them!) but they're both heavy chassis types...not really suitable for what I do.

    Any suggestions fellas?

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    Nothing im aware of at the moment. The closest you could get is a left hand tikka and use the aftermarket mags, or put a AI bottom metal on it and use AICS style 223 mags. Also do the same with a rem if you could find one.
    There is also the ruger scout version in 223 but I donít think itís made in left anymore. I did see some in Aussi cabelas on line a while ago.
    The Remington pump rifle takes AR mags.
    My solution was a left hand Blaser R8.
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    i got my tikka 223 1/8, shoots 1/2 moa with 77grain SMK. had 10 round Waters Rifleman Magazine fitted the factory magwell and works really well.
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    Google says there IS a ruger American /ranch in LH. They take the AR type mag.

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    Ruger do have some nice LH rifles but (according to their website) none in .223 at all.

    https://www.ruger.com/search/lefthanded/rifle

    They make this cool Ranch model in 5.56 with AR mags but only in right hand. Bugger. Maybe next years' catalogue will have something.

    https://www.ruger.com/products/ameri...ets/26965.html

    Thanks for the ideas, I'll keep searching...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockland View Post
    I'm planning on purchasing a couple of .223 rifles to fill the gaps in my gun rack.

    Thinking about a Troy pump action, and a left hand bolt action that would ideally use the same AR-style magazines.

    Visited the websites of Ruger, Remington, Savage, Mossberg, Howa etc. Savage do offer 2 options (and good on them!) but they're both heavy chassis types...not really suitable for what I do.

    Any suggestions fellas?
    Mate - Have owned one in 300Blk and a mate had a 223 - The extraction of the Troy played havoc with the brass so maybe if you have lots of factory yes but if reloading I'd be checking on that to make sure it wasn't just his one.
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    Yeah the Troy seems to have had a few problems with extraction and parts breakages, and as you say, distorts the brass for reloaders. I don't reload and don't pick up .223 brass.

    The latest new generation Troy models for sale in NZ look a bit different and hopefully they've sorted out those issues. Damn right I will be doing more research before handing over the clams.

    Also considering the Remington 7615 (reports of very average accuracy?) and the ISSC pump arriving in NZ later this year.

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    Remington 7615 Pump gun takes AR mags...apparently getting very popular...


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    I think I would hold off on the whole ar mag thing till the government and cops get there head around what they want to ban
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carpe Diem View Post
    Mate - Have owned one in 300Blk and a mate had a 223 - The extraction of the Troy played havoc with the brass so maybe if you have lots of factory yes but if reloading I'd be checking on that to make sure it wasn't just his one.
    Yeah it's the fluting in the barrel. They are only good for three reloads - I'm okay with that.

    Troy PAR pump action? - 300BlkTalk

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    i think custom guns in invercargill might have a left hand ruger ranch in 223.

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    Hear that Ruger have stopped the manufacture of the "American" model, starting something new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by berg243 View Post
    i think custom guns in invercargill might have a left hand ruger ranch in 223.
    Thanks, I will give them a call

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockland View Post
    Yeah the Troy seems to have had a few problems with extraction and parts breakages, and as you say, distorts the brass for reloaders. I don't reload and don't pick up .223 brass.

    The latest new generation Troy models for sale in NZ look a bit different and hopefully they've sorted out those issues. Damn right I will be doing more research before handing over the clams.

    Also considering the Remington 7615 (reports of very average accuracy?) and the ISSC pump arriving in NZ later this year.
    Do you have any idea on who will import those ISSC PARs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eamars View Post
    Do you have any idea on who will import those ISSC PARs?
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