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    Question Switching to left hand shooting ?

    7 decades under the belt and my right eye has developed a wrinkle in the front of the retina. Surgery can be done but docs say not really yet. Corrected 20-40 right, 20-20 left. Right is reasonably clear but crosshairs have a wiggle in them. Left is crystle clear.

    As a ute, I was a switch hitter in baseball (no tasteless comments please).

    Tried my 22 pump and the only real problem is the right master eye.

    Anybody been down this road ? Thanks.
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    I have practiced shooting left-handed but only to know how to compensate while in hunting situations. I would probably need of lot more if I was forced in that direction permanently.
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    Could always try a non magnified red dot. Keep both eyes open and the dot will appear and the vision of the left eye will be clear. That way you don't have to switch hands
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    I'm a (well, I was) a professional photographer. I had to change from right eye dominate to left eye. It took a lot of practice to get used to using the left eye.
    I still shot right-eye.

    Two years ago a medical condition made it hard for me to hold the forearm of the rifle - no strength in the left arm. I tried to change to left-hand shooting as I was already left-eye dominate. It took a very long time to feel comfortable shooting from the other side.

    My suggestion is practice, practice, practice - there is no magic pill to help.

    Michael

    PS: My left arm strength finally came back - now I can shoot equally bad both right and left handed.

    The red dot suggestion (above) is an excellent solution. Wish I'd thought of that.

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    If I were jump shooting in the woods, the right side would work fine. For deliberate stuff, target/varmint/standing big game I have no problem mounting the gun "lefty".

    Gonna try a right eye patch first.
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    I'm right handed left eye dominate.. shot with left eye using right hand a long time before I even knew what was going on... long story short close your dominate eye if usin the other eye for shooting, I have to close my left eye being left eye dominate and right handed. I have shot some left handed, and it's not natural to me, however I can do it making good hits if needed, I have not really tried to refine the skill. I was somewhat ambidextrous also when I was younger... I think if your not careful you will pick up some bad habits shooting with your off hand.
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    An off set scope mount that centers in front of your left eye works for a friend of mine.
    Bill
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    I am right handed, but left eye dominate. It took practice, but I taught myself to shoot a scoped rifle left handed.

    After a little training, I can shoot handguns with either hand because I keep both eyes open (shooting a recurve bow left or right handed then came natural.)

    Just keep training. It will come to you.
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    I am left handed and have the same deal. Right eye is a lot better but neither is great.Was ready to send back 2 new scopes till I tried the other eye.
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    I taught myself to shoot either way years ago.
    I started with a bb gun and just stayed at it.
    I have been able to switch and shoot either way
    for a long time and think little of it now.
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