Left Hand Rifle Build

fowl punishment

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Hey guys, so in the next couple years I'm going to be getting another rifle so I can hand my trusty 243 down to my daughter. I'm thinking of building a custom rifle and here are the components I've come up with, trying not to go too crazy.
-Remington stainless action, trued by smith.
-Mcgowen remage barrel
-Bell and carlson alaska 2, I think, from stockys.
-Standard bottom metal
-Timney trigger

The way I have it figured I can build this rifle for around 1,500 or less depending on sales. I will likely go with another 6mm for the versatility, either 243 or a 6 creed. I have looked around at all the semi custom rifles in this price range and haven't found much I like or they don't offer the round I want.
I have kicked around just getting another tikka or a savage, but aftermarket stocks and such for anything but remington are nonexistent, unless I want to spend 650 bucks on a stock, even then it's pretty limited. This will be my deer and smaller gun fyi.
If anybody has experience with building a rifle like this or these components let me know what you think. I guess really all opinions are welcome, thanks guys.
 

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Are you left eye dominant and left handed? I'm cross eye dominant and to my only knowledge boyds is the only company that makes a stock to accommodate that... but it's laminate and therefore heavy.

Curious to see how your project turns out.
 

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Pick up this one. Hard to build one better in that price range. I love mine in a lefty.

I considered a weatherby and have had a mark v before, but they dont make the 240 in anything left handed anymore. I would like to stay 6mm for the variety of varmint and big game bullets.
 

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That sounds like a good rifle. I think that I would choose the Creed, as it takes long bullets a bit better, but that is splitting hairs. I also agree that you need to make sure the barrel is at least 1:8, if not 7.5. It will allow for loading real long bullets.
 

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That sounds like a good rifle. I think that I would choose the Creed, as it takes long bullets a bit better, but that is splitting hairs. I also agree that you need to make sure the barrel is at least 1:8, if not 7.5. It will allow for loading real long bullets.
Since it would be a full custom barrel I'll do an 8 twist in either rounds. I need to get some of the barnes 95 lrx bullets and seat them in my 243 and see if it will work. That would be great since I already load that. If it doesn't fit very well, I'll get the creed.
 

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..then why 'likely' the creed?
The 6 creed is an option if seating depths and mag length dont work for the 243. I can also get off the shelf remage barrels with the correct twist without having to go full custom on the barrel. The creed is just my backup.
Potentially I may be able to buy an off the shelf rifle set up correctly in 6 creed. The christiansen arms mesa is probably the closest to what I want, but no 6 creed yet. Also nobody builds a 243 with an 8 twist so no luck there.
 

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Last year i found a left handed Remington 700 SPS in 7mm-08 on Gunbroker for a good price. All I've done to it so far is drop it into a Bell and Carlson stock mounted a VX3. Its shooting 1/2 MOA so I probably wont do anything else to it for a while.
 

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What model/style is that, couldn't find it on there website.
 

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Last year i found a left handed Remington 700 SPS in 7mm-08 on Gunbroker for a good price. All I've done to it so far is drop it into a Bell and Carlson stock mounted a VX3. Its shooting 1/2 MOA so I probably wont do anything else to it for a while.
I've seen some good deals on those too, but I much prefer stainless. Stainless bare actions are pretty easy to get right now too. If those actions dry up I will probably get an sps to start with.
 

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Thanks. I was thinking you were referring to a "cross-over" stock where you shoot right handed but the stock is shape to facilitate getting left eye down/over to the scope, not a left handed stock taking a right handed action.
 
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