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Old 07-22-2019, 05:42 PM   #1
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Default Help me find a deer rifle for my wife

My wife is rand handed but shoots left. I have found it to be very difficult if not impossible to find a compact left hand rifle. I would like the gun to be light, under 20 inch barrel and under $400 for the gun as I want to invest in some decent optics but want it to stay a budget gun in case she isn't too into it.

She used my AR last year, which she thought was a little heavy. What options for deer/pigs do I have in a 10.5 inch barrel maybe in 6.5 Grandal? Or other caliber?

Savadge has the xp hunter? In 7mm-08 with a 20 inch barrel that may work.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I like the idea of a short AR, just want a caliber that will be sufficient if a less that desirable shot occurs.
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Old 07-22-2019, 05:46 PM   #2
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12" 6.5 grendel would have my vote.
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Old 07-22-2019, 05:48 PM   #3
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I think ruger has a compact model as well. The 7mm-08 is a great choice, but I would personally pick the 6.5CM over it.

Since you said a SBR is desirable I would go with the short 6.5G or the 6.8.
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Old 07-22-2019, 05:52 PM   #4
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Ruger does not have the compact in left hand unfortunately.
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Old 07-22-2019, 06:00 PM   #5
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Grendel for sure !
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Old 07-22-2019, 06:16 PM   #6
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Anyone care to put together a budget gun with links? This seems pretty low budget considering I can get a lower and free ffl.

https://palmettostatearmory.com/psa-...165449010.html
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Old 07-22-2019, 06:23 PM   #7
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I'm right handed, but left eye dominant. Started shooting left handed as a kid and still shoot left handed. That being said, I have never owned a left handed rifle. I have always just used right-handed bolt guns and never had a problem. It's just want I'm used to.
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Old 07-22-2019, 07:10 PM   #8
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What you are looking for is a unicorn. I feel your pain, my wife is left handed.

I would do a 6.8spcII over the Grendel for a short barrel AR. But a short barrel AR is going to be tough on your budget, unless you already have the lower.

You could always pick up a ruger American or savage axis for cheap, and chop the stock and barrel. If she likes it, you can upgrade to a Boyd’s stock down the road. Could end up with a unique, semi custom rifle... without breaking the bank.

Ended up getting my wife a TC encore pro hunter in .308. I really like that we can both shoot it comfortably. And since she usually hunts with me, we only have to bring 1 rifle to the stand. Only drawback is that it’s a single shot... but I kinda like it, reminds me of shooting my old single shot 20ga when I was a kid.

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Old 07-22-2019, 07:16 PM   #9
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Anyone care to put together a budget gun with links? This seems pretty low budget considering I can get a lower and free ffl.

https://palmettostatearmory.com/psa-...165449010.html
This would get you there, but QC and accuracy can be very hit and miss with PSA. You might get lucky and end up with a tack driver, or it could be dinner plate groups at 50yds.
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Old 07-22-2019, 07:23 PM   #10
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https://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/...nd+%2816977%29

Already threaded, so you can add a brake if the recoil is too much. But that shouldn’t be an issue with the CM, unless she is super recoil sensitive. Chop down the stock a little, slip on a recoil pad, and bam. Let her pick out a Boyd’s laminate later on, if she likes it. My RAP shoots lights out, and there are many others on here with the same experience.
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Old 07-22-2019, 08:10 PM   #11
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I too have the predator in 6.5 creedmoor and I love the gun.
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Old 07-22-2019, 08:29 PM   #12
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Take a look at the Weatherby Camilla. Made specifically for women's bodies.
Comes in four great calibers.
http://www.weatherby.com/vanguardr-camilla.html
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Old 07-22-2019, 08:38 PM   #13
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Take a look at the Weatherby Camilla. Made specifically for women's bodies.
Comes in four great calibers.
http://www.weatherby.com/vanguardr-camilla.html
Beautiful gun. Just a tad bit out of price range for this entry gun. That would be a great second gun if she takes to hunting like I hope she will
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Old 07-22-2019, 08:55 PM   #14
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Savage makes just what you need. I just bought a 7-08 from buds that has different inserts to adjust the length of pull and what not. It is a lefty. I bought a 110 not an axis. It was on sale and under $400

https://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/...etic+black+stk


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Old 07-22-2019, 09:14 PM   #15
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https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/cva...dCatid=1028838
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Old 07-22-2019, 09:16 PM   #16
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Now, .243 or 7mm-08 for deer/pigs? I havent owned either, went from a .223 and jumped strait to 30.06 growing up
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Old 07-22-2019, 09:26 PM   #17
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7-08 would be the better choice. But either one will do. .243 has killed a many deer


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Old 07-22-2019, 09:37 PM   #18
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Got mine a 243. She shot a 1.5 inch group at 250

Kills anything you ask it to as long as you put it in the right place.


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Old 07-22-2019, 09:39 PM   #19
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Anyone care to put together a budget gun with links? This seems pretty low budget considering I can get a lower and free ffl.

https://palmettostatearmory.com/psa-...165449010.html

I have a buddy that has that same upper on a rifle lower (yes he has a tax stamp) and it shoots very well.


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Old 07-22-2019, 10:40 PM   #20
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Bought my daughter a lefty savage .243.
She’s right handed, left eyed like me. She started with 80 grain rem. cL
Now She shoot 95 grain federal fusions

If you bought a right Ruger American 6.5 and cut it down,
She will be good to go forever or it will be easy to sell!

Just make sure the scope is quality and has good eye relief so she is comfortable with the scope. Shoot lots of scoped .22 rounds to get quick with a scope.
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Old 07-22-2019, 10:44 PM   #21
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Old 07-22-2019, 10:46 PM   #22
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My wife shoots lefty. I got her a Tikka 243. It’s awesome.
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Old 07-23-2019, 12:30 AM   #23
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Ruger American Predator LH. 308 will work just fine.


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Old 07-23-2019, 08:06 AM   #24
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My granddaughter has the left hand affliction. I got her a Savage Axis compact, LH bolt, in 7-08. She was 12 when I got it, and was 4 ft. nothing and weighed 65 lbs. It worked then, and now she is 16 and a lot taller. It still works.
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Old 07-23-2019, 05:27 PM   #25
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I recommend the Ruger American in 6.5 CM. They are now making it in LH, as I have one.
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Old 07-23-2019, 06:08 PM   #26
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Anyone care to put together a budget gun with links? This seems pretty low budget considering I can get a lower and free ffl.

https://palmettostatearmory.com/psa-...165449010.html
I used this exact kit for my beater ranch rifle, killed a bunch of critters with it.
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Old 07-23-2019, 09:14 PM   #27
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If she doesn’t like the savage apex 110 it would have a better resale value


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Old 07-23-2019, 09:17 PM   #28
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My wife is 5'0" 92lbs and shoots her old bull barrel Remington 700 6mm left handed.

IDK if youve tried to have her shoot right hand guns but my wife has no problems and actually prefers it due to she can run the bolt without moving her shooting hand.
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Old 07-23-2019, 09:33 PM   #29
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Remington model 7 predator on cheaper than dirt. Like $400.00 and a decent rifle.
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Old 07-23-2019, 10:31 PM   #30
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TC Encore in 6.5 creedmore or 25-06 great guns
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Old 07-23-2019, 11:01 PM   #31
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Kimber Hunter in 7-08


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Old 07-23-2019, 11:29 PM   #32
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Find her a Remington 600 Mohawk in 6mm.
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Old 07-23-2019, 11:33 PM   #33
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desert tech mdr in 308 is completely ambi and can change calibers
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Old 07-23-2019, 11:45 PM   #34
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desert tech mdr in 308 is completely ambi and can change calibers
You apparently missed the under $400 budget part.
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Old 07-24-2019, 12:43 AM   #35
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Any youth rifle in 243 would work.
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Old 07-24-2019, 12:51 AM   #36
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Henry .357 Mag.
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Old 07-24-2019, 05:47 AM   #37
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Old 07-24-2019, 07:20 AM   #38
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.243 or like my wife shoots, a .270 WSM
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Old 07-24-2019, 07:27 AM   #39
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Mine shoots a Browning A bolt 25-06.
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