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Left-handed 30-06 choices

Uploaded on July 28, 2010

I'm in the market for a 30-06 for this hunting season, and I shoot left-handed. I'd like to spend less than $1000, which narrows the choices down considerably. If possible, I'd also prefer a synthetic stock and stainless barrel. Here are the rifles that I can find that are made in left-handed versions . . . am I missing any other options?

--Browning A-Bolt Stainless Stalker
--Remington 700 XCR
--Ruger M77 (not available with synthetic stock AND left-handed)
--Savage 116
--Tikka T3 Lite Stainless

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from LeVan Goodey wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

I am not a lefty, but I did get a Savage 116 FCSS 30-06 last year and I am very pleased with it.

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from sgaredneck wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

I own a Tikka T3 lite in 270wsm and am very happy with it. My dad owns an A-Bolt, and while it's a nice rifle and well made, it does not have as smooth an action or as crisp a trigger pull. I also own a Savage 111 7mm mag LH, and while accurate, it's the least aesthetically pleasing and well-finished of the three. I actually bought it for the action. It will soon be a target/long range gun of sorts.

Out of your list there are no total losers. My vote is Tikka overall, or the Ruger if you like a walnut-stocked, more traditional gun.

good luck and good shooting,
S Ga

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from Jeff Bowers wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

When you say find, do you mean on the shelf, where you can get your paws on them?

I've looked for lefty rifles off and on, and the disappointment is that either it's a caliber I don't want, or the store is willing to take my money for an order, but none have any idea when they would possibly come in. A friend of mine waited 6 months to get the one he wanted.

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from crm3006 wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

I have a .25-06 SS Ruger Hawkeye with a laminated stock in LH, and it is a fine shooter. (1⅛" @ 200 yds. with 115 gr. handloads) I don't think you could go wrong with the Remington, Ruger, or Savage. I have owned and shot all three, but not all in .30-'06. Bear in mind that the Remington and Ruger may need a little tweaking to shoot up to their potential. The Savages that I have experience with all shot well right out of the box.

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from dtownley wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

As manufactures seem to think that the sinister should pay for all tool & die change over to make them and charge accordingly ? Buy'em used, I found 1 japan made Mark V in .300WBY & a 700BDL/Leopold glass in 30-06 for $400.00 each. Men & of course ladies, shop carefully the deals are out there. Like I told them at the gun show, stand outside as long as you can and look for the lefty before it goes in, two people might be able to save some money and both of you get what your looking for ! Ole Gun Show Shark

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from motojosh wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

Jeff4066 said: "When you say find, do you mean on the shelf, where you can get your paws on them?"

Aye, there's the rub, eh? Some of these I can find on the shelf in right-hand, but the only one I can find on the shelf in left-hand is the Tikka. I've already got a Tikka in 243, and am totally happy with it. I would have no problem at all buying the Tikka in 30-06. But I thought I might want to try something different, so I've been looking at alternatives. Gunbroker.com has all of the ones I've listed, so they are at least available *somewhere*. Definitely looking at used also, just not finding as much locally.

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

I own an M77 MKII LR in 30/06, a Tikka T3 LR Lite in .300 WSM and several Savages 111's and a 16 in various cartridges from .25/06 to 7-08.

I agree with the S. Ga Redneck that the older 110-111-116 etc. are fairly fugley. But, they shoot! The new Savage 110/10-116/16 line up has had a few nip and tucks here and there. The bolt release is now a button at the front of the guard. The bolt handle has a more pleasing contour. The New synthetic stocks are better proportioned and the new recoil pads really do absorb recoil. When I took my new 16 in 7-08 to the range the fellows couldn't believe it was a Savage. It shoots half inch groups with 120 grain 7mm Barnes XTP's.

The new Savage 116/16 stainless rifles I feel are the best value in a stainless gun on the market. They still have the high hiney look but fit and finish are way above what they used to be. My 16FLHSS has very smooth bolt travel and it feeds just as smoothly. Throw in the cosmetic changes, the new PAD recoil pad, the accutrigger and accustock and you have an excellent rifle. The new left handed guns look just like the right hand one in the Savage site below including the new contour barrel nut.

http://www.savagearms.com/firearms/model/16FHSS

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from motojosh wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

Jeff4066 said: "When you say find, do you mean on the shelf, where you can get your paws on them?"

Aye, there's the rub, eh? Some of these I can find on the shelf in right-hand, but the only one I can find on the shelf in left-hand is the Tikka. I've already got a Tikka in 243, and am totally happy with it. I would have no problem at all buying the Tikka in 30-06. But I thought I might want to try something different, so I've been looking at alternatives. Gunbroker.com has all of the ones I've listed, so they are at least available *somewhere*. Definitely looking at used also, just not finding as much locally.

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from LeVan Goodey wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

I am not a lefty, but I did get a Savage 116 FCSS 30-06 last year and I am very pleased with it.

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from sgaredneck wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

I own a Tikka T3 lite in 270wsm and am very happy with it. My dad owns an A-Bolt, and while it's a nice rifle and well made, it does not have as smooth an action or as crisp a trigger pull. I also own a Savage 111 7mm mag LH, and while accurate, it's the least aesthetically pleasing and well-finished of the three. I actually bought it for the action. It will soon be a target/long range gun of sorts.

Out of your list there are no total losers. My vote is Tikka overall, or the Ruger if you like a walnut-stocked, more traditional gun.

good luck and good shooting,
S Ga

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from Jeff Bowers wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

When you say find, do you mean on the shelf, where you can get your paws on them?

I've looked for lefty rifles off and on, and the disappointment is that either it's a caliber I don't want, or the store is willing to take my money for an order, but none have any idea when they would possibly come in. A friend of mine waited 6 months to get the one he wanted.

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from crm3006 wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

I have a .25-06 SS Ruger Hawkeye with a laminated stock in LH, and it is a fine shooter. (1⅛" @ 200 yds. with 115 gr. handloads) I don't think you could go wrong with the Remington, Ruger, or Savage. I have owned and shot all three, but not all in .30-'06. Bear in mind that the Remington and Ruger may need a little tweaking to shoot up to their potential. The Savages that I have experience with all shot well right out of the box.

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

I own an M77 MKII LR in 30/06, a Tikka T3 LR Lite in .300 WSM and several Savages 111's and a 16 in various cartridges from .25/06 to 7-08.

I agree with the S. Ga Redneck that the older 110-111-116 etc. are fairly fugley. But, they shoot! The new Savage 110/10-116/16 line up has had a few nip and tucks here and there. The bolt release is now a button at the front of the guard. The bolt handle has a more pleasing contour. The New synthetic stocks are better proportioned and the new recoil pads really do absorb recoil. When I took my new 16 in 7-08 to the range the fellows couldn't believe it was a Savage. It shoots half inch groups with 120 grain 7mm Barnes XTP's.

The new Savage 116/16 stainless rifles I feel are the best value in a stainless gun on the market. They still have the high hiney look but fit and finish are way above what they used to be. My 16FLHSS has very smooth bolt travel and it feeds just as smoothly. Throw in the cosmetic changes, the new PAD recoil pad, the accutrigger and accustock and you have an excellent rifle. The new left handed guns look just like the right hand one in the Savage site below including the new contour barrel nut.

http://www.savagearms.com/firearms/model/16FHSS

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from dtownley wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

As manufactures seem to think that the sinister should pay for all tool & die change over to make them and charge accordingly ? Buy'em used, I found 1 japan made Mark V in .300WBY & a 700BDL/Leopold glass in 30-06 for $400.00 each. Men & of course ladies, shop carefully the deals are out there. Like I told them at the gun show, stand outside as long as you can and look for the lefty before it goes in, two people might be able to save some money and both of you get what your looking for ! Ole Gun Show Shark

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