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Offline Hunter mike

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Help finding a youth lefty rifle
« on: August 09, 2020, 10:21:50 AM »
Any leads on an in stock or used rifle appreciated!

Iíve been struggling to find a rifle for my son.  He is a lefty and I donít want to settle for a right handed bolt action.  Lefty rifles are hard to find and ordering one was said to  take many weeks per a couple local dealers.  Iím hoping to get something fairly soon so we can get a lot of shooting practice in by October.

He is 12 years old, a bit over 5í tall.

I was also recommended to look into a single shot which would be ambidextrous.  This could be a good move because my daughter is a righty and will be hunting soon as well.  I havenít found any of the single shots in stock.

Thinking of a .243 or 7mm-08.

Iíd pay more for something that could grow with him but hoping to keep it $5-600 with a basic scope (donít see him shooting past 200 yards for a while).

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Re: Help finding a youth lefty rifle
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2020, 10:32:27 AM »
think semi auto, will work for both kids trim the stock. lever guns win 94 is usually shorter daughter shoots them great 5'2''

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Re: Help finding a youth lefty rifle
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2020, 10:40:02 AM »
If  you had a Sportsman's Warehouse closer to you I'd recommend ordering one online and having it shipped to your closest store.

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Re: Help finding a youth lefty rifle
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2020, 10:44:35 AM »
Try Gun Broker. Should be plenty of options. I wouldn't get anything but a bolt action.

Here's one:

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/875078353

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Re: Help finding a youth lefty rifle
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2020, 12:36:01 PM »
Thanks for the suggestions!  Looks like Sportsmanís has way more left-handed options than Cabelaís did.

If something there doesnít work out, Iíll move on to Gun Broker. 

Now just to decide .243 vs 7mm-08.  I donít want to turn him off of shooting/hunting with the higher recoil, but want something useful and versatile for at least a few years.

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Re: Help finding a youth lefty rifle
« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2020, 12:48:20 PM »
I bought a left handed rifle from carpsniper on here and it was cheaper than any store.

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Re: Help finding a youth lefty rifle
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2020, 02:19:36 PM »
Thanks for the suggestions!  Looks like Sportsmanís has way more left-handed options than Cabelaís did.

If something there doesnít work out, Iíll move on to Gun Broker. 

Now just to decide .243 vs 7mm-08.  I donít want to turn him off of shooting/hunting with the higher recoil, but want something useful and versatile for at least a few years.
They do make the reduced recoil rounds that my niece and nephew dropped more than a few deer with out of their 7-08. Now that they are bigger(and when they werenít looking while elk hunting) use regular loads.

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Re: Help finding a youth lefty rifle
« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2020, 02:26:03 PM »
If you're a reloader, or if you can find reduced recoil loads to buy, the 7/08 is a good option. I got my daughter a Savage youth model in 7/08 and I load 120 grain bullets at at around 2700 feet per second, so it doesn't kick any more than a 243.

However, if it's not going to be used for elk I'd just get a 243.

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Re: Help finding a youth lefty rifle
« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2020, 05:16:50 PM »
I bought my daughter few years ago a savage 7mm08 elk hunter I think that's what it's called it came with a scope it was like 399 good gun

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Re: Help finding a youth lefty rifle
« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2020, 05:25:11 PM »
Cabelaís usually has t/c contenderís in 30/30. Start your son on it and when your daughter ready itís there for her. With the appropriate billets itís should do everything theyíd need
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Re: Help finding a youth lefty rifle
« Reply #11 on: August 09, 2020, 05:31:34 PM »
I don't want to tell you your business but I'll share some thoughts based on limited experience with young shooters. I wouldn't recommend lots of practice necessarily shooting big game loads. Fundamentals and rimfire, dry fire should be the bulk of the practice especially since you're so close to season. Maybe order a good one and while it's on the way you guys can plink, dry fire etc.

If you reload, I highly recommend TrailBoss in the .243. somewhere around 9-10 grains should give excellent accuracy for kid practice
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Re: Help finding a youth lefty rifle
« Reply #12 on: August 09, 2020, 06:53:29 PM »
We bought my sons lefty Savage 7mm08 at Sportsmans last year. Great rifle and you can check their stock online for the different stores. Browning and Tikka have a nice compact lefty option. For the money and great reviews we have been very pleased with the savage  Model 111 Trophy Hunter XP combo. Should be about $549 with a scope. I sold the scope for $125 with the rings and bought a Leupold Freedom with CDS for $250.

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Re: Help finding a youth lefty rifle
« Reply #13 on: August 09, 2020, 11:40:24 PM »
Any thoughts on Ruger American Predator?  Could get a lefty in 6.5 Creed or 7mm-08 and itís threaded for a brake.  What would be a good brake and whatís involved with the setup on that?  Itís kind of the opposite end of the spectrum from where I started, but itís a setup he could use pretty much forever. 

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Re: Help finding a youth lefty rifle
« Reply #14 on: August 10, 2020, 12:43:58 AM »
I have 2 predators and both shoot very well. Tons of options for a brake, both mine have suppressor mounts on them so no help on picking one from me. The rifles are good to go  :tup:
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