Any suggestions of a good .22 for a lefty?

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by jeeperanthony, Sep 5, 2010.

  1. jeeperanthony

    jeeperanthony New Member

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    Hey all, I'm looking to buy my first firearm, and at 20, I'm still limited to a rifle. This is not a problem as I would prefer a rifle. I'm looking for a .22 as everyone I talk to says to get a .22. Being a lefty tho, Im not sure if I need aa left handed rifle or not. I was looking at a ruger 10 22. Are they ambidextrous, or am I going to need a left handed model?
     
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  2. Joshua M. Smith

    Joshua M. Smith New Member

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    Hello,

    The 10/22 can be used by either hand.

    I personally prefer bolt actions however, especially for new shooters. For that reason I would look at the Savage Mk II action with their Accutriggers.

    I am left handed, and went with one of their heavy barrel versions in .22LR for longer distance rimfire shooting.

    Best of luck, and if you're anywhere near Wabash IN, you're more than welcome to try my stuff out.

    Josh
     

  3. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    Jeeper,You will not have any problems shooting left handed. I have always shot lefty.If you want a bolt action,there are a few companies that make left hand rimfires-Savage,CZ.
    The Ruger 10/22 is a great gun,and there are so many aftermarket parts available,you can put together just the style of gun that you want.
     
  4. bgeddes

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    Ditto, except for the Indiana part...

    10/22s are nearly as popular as a firearms can be, and their following is somewhat cult like. They are good guns, but to work on your rifleman skills, they typically lack out-of-box accuracy.

    The Savages are incredibly accurate for the money. There are certainly more accurate .22LRs, but you will require a lot more money to get one.

    That said, you might look on the Appleseed Project web page and see if they are coming to your area. If you plan to go shoot with them, it may influence which rifle you purchase.
     
  5. safedman

    safedman New Member

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    For a lefty

    I built this one left handed but just buy a Ruger 10/22 and replace the stock..

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  6. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    One of my grandsons began shooting with me, and he is a lefty. My autoloaders ping his right arm with brass, so I switched him to a Marln 39A lever gun, and some of my bolts. However, just bought him a Remington 241. Older rifle, but loads thru the butt, and ejects straight down.
     
  7. PTsouthpaw

    PTsouthpaw New Member

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    I shoot lefty because of my left eye dominance. If you are thinking of going with a right handed gun, like a 10/22 or Marlin 70 (both of which i own, and have no problem shooting) i would try to find someone with one you can shoot, to see if it works for you. I personally own 2 left handed rifles, a Savage model 11 in 7mm-08 and a Stag 2TL AR-15. It is nice having a dedicated left handed rifle, but many will work just fine in either hand.

    The biggest (really only) problem i have had shooting lefty was when i tried my buddy's new Winchester SX3 autoloader shotgun. The safety on the trigger guard sticks out so far to the left that when i took my first shot, i would bump the safety on, and not get follow-ups. These are the small things to look for when trying to find a good firearm to use lefty (though this particular one is probably fixable by a gunsmith).
     
  8. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    Let's just skip straight to more fun than a barrel of monkeys....
     

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  9. jeeperanthony

    jeeperanthony New Member

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    Let me put it this way. I'm looking for a good rifle that I can shoot lefty and build a good foundation of skills on. I assumed a bolt action would be the best bet, but it seems like a 10 22, or 15 22 would suit me just fine. Also, what is the difference between a bolt action, and the 10 22?
     
  10. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    The 10/22 is a semi-auto which has a reputation for being one of the most reliable semi .22's out there. For a bolt action, I'd recommend checking out the Savage. Another good semi is the Marlin 60. But you can tell what my preference is.
     
  11. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    course you could just buy a 5.56 chambered AR15 and a cmmg 22lr conversion. then you got a centerfire for when your ready and a very functional and acceptably accurate 22lr to learn on.

    just my 2 primer worth.
     
  12. Dgunsmith

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    Consider a browning take-down 22 autoloader or a norinco copy. It is a bottom eject autoloader and works perfectly for a lefty !

    When ready for a shotgun, an Ithaca 37 ..also a bottom eject or a Browning BPS would be a good choice for the same reasons.
     
  13. ScottA

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    Another great thing about any AR-15 design, they are by far the easiest to disassemble clean of any rifle design.

    The AR 15-22 you can get for less than 500. Now if you have 1000 or more, an AR 15 with a .22 conversion would be pretty darn snazzy.
     
  14. DrumJunkie

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    I'm left handed and all my rifles are not. I've ywe3t to have a problem with any of them. I do switch out from time to time but that's just something I like to do. I have a couple Ruger 10-22's An AMT copy of the 10-22 and I shoot the crap out of them. It's all a matter o9f what you want from the rifle. The Marlin's are nice and you are hard pressed top go wrong with a Ruger. The glut of after market stuff is everywhere and reasonable for the most part. So it's not hard to recreate the rifle in just about any way you want. I do have a left handed Raptor stock on one. It does making shooting left handed a breeze.

    A 22 is a great weapon to cut ones teeth on as well as the experienced shooter. Ammo is cheap and plentiful and a decent rifle can be had really inexpensive as well. 550 rounds for 15 bucks and you cna get a Marlin 60 or 10-22 really cheap if you look around. I picked up one with a cheap scope at a pawn shop for 90 bucks a short time ago. That rifle as is will hit walnuts at 100 yards all day long with bulk ammo :)

    Look around and keep your options open. You'll run into something you just can't live without many times that way. I trol through gun shows, pawn shops and gun shops all the time with no real goal in mind nad will sometimes fall bass akward into a great deal. That's how I found that AMT and it was just under a hundred bucks. And it's actually a better built rifle than the Ruger. Too bad they copied a little too close and got sued:eek: Even had a Ruger mag in it (Insert LOL here). I do like the SS receivers in those as well as the longer barrels. THey are great to build on.:)
     
  15. hunter Joe

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    I'm in total agreement with c3. I bought the granddaughter a 39A and it's a shoot'n machine. I also use it on range day with my hunter safety classes and of all the actions used it gets the most attention hands down. For some odd reason the kids just love shooting that little lever gun. By the way, mine is a 1950 vintage and still shoots like new.

    If you want a less expensive 22 lever, the Henry Golden Boy lever guns are pretty decent.
     
  16. Joshua M. Smith

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    You know, if you're not stuck on a repeater, you might look at either an old Steven's Favorite or a reproduction of same (though I don't believe the repro to have the same balance as the original).

    Put a peep sight on it, and you have nice, simple, game getter and plinker. It will force you to learn to make each shot count.

    I've often thought of going this route, but the idea of not having a fast followup shot on squirrel, tough critters they are, has shied me away from it thus far.

    Still, it's very tempting and will likely happen soon.

    Josh
     
  17. ScottA

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