I'm a southpaw, too. I'm also on a fixed income. The only 'wrong' handed gun I have is a Savage Axis in .243 Win. It ain't nothin' special to brag about, but I know what I can do with it.
I am a southpaw and used to have a LH AR, but got rid of it. Took it in the shorts on the resale value too. All my pistols are set up for RH shooting, except those that came with ambidextrous controls as standard. I even used to shoot bolt rifles left handed too, but I wouldn't mind trying one set up for a southpaw. I just wouldn't like to pay the premium, if there is one.
As a "Lefty" my first left handed rifle was a Remington 700 FS model with a factory offered Brown precision stock, the rifle was a sub-moa shooter with multiple bullets. I should have kept that rifle but had to have a lefty Winchester M-70 in .270 in stainless so I let it go.....and the model 70 eventually. OH....the rifles we should have not let go.
I eventually matured with age deciding single shot rifles and Marlin lever guns suit a "lefty" shooter just fine. I did buy my lefty son a Tikka T3X in 6.5 Creedmoor....he is set with one do all rifle.
LH Remington 700 sps in 7-08(favorite deer rifle), two LH Winchester 70,s in 7mm mag and 300 win mag.
I have a Savage 110L in .30-06 that has been my favorite for a long while.
Nothing much to look at, but accurate (with a Bushnell Elite 3200 3-9x40) and deadly.
I have a couple of other left-handed rifles, but that Savage just works for me.
I’ve managed to accrue quite a few LH guns so far. Started with a LH 870 (26” and 20” barrels), then added a Stag 8L in 5.56 (piston).
I really like my Tikka T3’s, my primary hunting boot gun is .308 and I’ve got a 30-06 in the safe. The 30-06 doesn’t see as much use anymore as I transferred from Alaska to Mississippi. Sure Tikka’s aren’t perfect, but they’re light, smooth action and pretty good triggers. Bolt throw on the .308 is long action instead of short, but other than academic debate, I don’t really notice it while shooting. And being stainless on composite/plastic stocks I don’t think twice taking either out in Alaska weather or southern swamps!
I downright love my Rem 700 BDL in .243, it’ll ring 6” and 4” steel plates at 300 yds when I do my part correctly. But being a blued gun I don’t take it afield as often - thick brush and muddy trails...
More recently I built a LH .300 Blackout AR pistol for hog hunting. Shoots great, but haven’t had a chance to pin any hogs with it yet. Sorry no photos of it on my phone...
Not LH specific, but I also have a 1895GS and 1894 (44M). Really love these guns, but I’m working through some accuracy problems with the 1894... I also have an Encore .50 Katadin muzzleloader (20” barrel). All 3 are great LH guns.
Missing a photo of the 1894 on my phone too. Started with 12” groups at 50yds, down to 3-4” at 50 last week, all with factory ammo. Need to slug the barrel I think and work up some reloads...
Most of the optics on these guns have changed from the photos. Running Vortex scopes on most of them, irons/peeps on the 870, Encore, and Marlins.
Only thing “missing” in my armory is a LH 6.5 Creedmoor, but having a pretty accurate .243 I can’t quite bring myself to bite the bullet on another 700 or Savage in 6.5 just yet. Every time I do, the .243 delivers a great group and I delay a little longer...
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I'm a lefty. One of those people that is so left dominant the right side of my brain does all the work. I am the only lefty in the family, going back and forward several generations. Go figure.
Majored in art in school, math was/is a struggle. Growing up in a gun family, I was lucky enough that my uncle taught the 1911 while in the AAC during WWII.
He taught me to handle the 1911 with both hands, using my left hand to do the things righties do. He also taught all of us to shoot handgun with both hands, and I am just about as comfortable with my right hand as I am with my left. And, I still practice often with my right hand.
When it came time to "solo" with a rifle his 39A served as my training rifle. I have had a thing for Marlins ever since.
He urged me to get a LH bolt gun though as it would be so much easier. I ended up with a 788 in .6mm. It was a great rifle, very accurate.
But I traded it off for a .375 94, it just felt awkward having been around so many RH rifles. I know now I shoulda kept it.
I learned to run a RH bolt gun left handed, and never saw it as a problem.
When I got drafted and we went to the range for the first time I was the only lefty in the group and the range officer told me I was on my own. I fell into the M14 quickly, and still consider it the best ambidextrous combat rifle, much more so than the Garand.
I guess my holy grail for a LH bolt gun would be a 700 BDL varmint in.308.
I am having trouble with my vision, and may be forced to go to my right side with long guns. I have a torn retina on my left side, and may eventually have to change over. I have practiced a lot lately, and the transition won't be that difficult.
I urge all of us to practice with our "off hands". You never know what the future hold for us, accidents, strokes, all kinds of things could change which side we shoot from. And also, to determine which eye is dominant. Not as important with a scope as it is with irons, but still, using your dominant eye makes you a better shooter. Most all of us has a .22 we can take to the range and practice with.
I really like my Marlins, but growing up with bolt guns I have the Marlins more for what they are than what they do.
I do feel for my left handed brothers and sisters, though. Left handed leather is almost non existent, and sometimes higher priced.
Training is sometimes difficult depending on how well the instructor can "think in negative". I find it easier to just live in a "right handed world" but depending on how much of a bother you find it, move over to the other side.
Pay no attention to the mess in my shop. My best work comes from chaos!
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