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Old 09-28-2014, 11:44 PM
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So the new LH centerline version is coming out. They don't have any of my preferred chambering, so I'll get a .308 to run cheap ammo through. Anyone else planning a purchase? Here's hoping a rimfire version is soon to follow.
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Old 10-03-2014, 05:12 PM
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I will wait on a left hand 6.5 Creedmoor.
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Old 10-04-2014, 08:29 AM
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Fella's;

Where can I see the line-up? Pics? Thanks for the notice, but I've gotta have more info.

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Old 10-04-2014, 04:57 PM
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Fella's;

Where can I see the line-up? Pics? Thanks for the notice, but I've gotta have more info.

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You might want to start here:

http://www.ruger.com/products/americ...ft/models.html
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Old 10-04-2014, 06:33 PM
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Onearm;

Thanks for the link. But I'll pass, nothing new there for me. Everything they show I've already got covered.

Sometimes I wonder about that. Who would buy in if there were some offerings in LH guns that you don't commonly see? Perhaps the .222 magnum, the 6mm Remington or .257 Roberts? How about covering the 270/7mm niche with a .280 Remington? OK, ok, I'll go along with the .30-06, but then I want the .338 Winchester magnum too. Personally, I think there'd be more interest from the LH segment if some new calibers were shown to us.

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Old 10-04-2014, 06:55 PM
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I would like to see a 6.5 Whisper or a 6.5 TCU, a 338/350 mag, a 411/350 mag and a 17 Fireball. Maybe they could even do some rimmed cartridges like the 338 Woodswalker or a 6.5 Bullberry.
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Old 10-04-2014, 07:33 PM
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I'll get the Creedmoor they make it. I'd rather see it in .260, though. A .204 Ruger, maybe. Can't say I'd go for any of the unusual mentioned. Maybe something new like a 6.5 compact magnum for those disappointed with the 270 WSM. If I wanted anything bigger I'd get an ABolt in 325 WSM.
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Old 10-05-2014, 12:51 AM
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I actually favor Ruger No. 1s over their bolt action guns. I used to own a No. 1V in 220 Swift and still own a 1A in 222 Remington. The No. 1s are completely ambidextrous. My best left handed bolt action rifle is my CZ 452 American in 22 LR.
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Old 10-13-2014, 07:11 PM
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Thumbs up Agree with cb900f

The new LH Ruger American should be chambered for 257 Roberts.....at least in my opinion.
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Old 10-17-2014, 01:25 PM
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I like the idea of the Roberts, but a 6.5 loaded down is more appealing. I never understood the attraction over a 6.5x55 with a 120gr unless the lighter6.5 bullets just weren't around when the Roberts was developed. Today a hot-rod 6.5 Grendel in a shorter action or AR seems more the thing for the market.
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Old 10-17-2014, 03:36 PM
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Howl;

I don't understand your position on the 6.5 X 55mm. You're saying that the lighter than 120 grain bullets are what should be the primary loads for the round?

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Old 10-17-2014, 11:14 PM
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I've always heard of the Roberts as a deer cartridge and seen it with around 120gr bullets. I think 120gr is the sweet spot for 6.5mm deer bullets. That is based on quite a few deer I've taken with a .260, some at difficult angles. So, I don't see the attraction for a .257 in the 6.5x55, 7x57, etc. line when the 6.5x55 gets 120gr bullets out the barrel faster. A 6.5mm can throw 120gr and still have the option of 140gr. Doing it that way precludes the same 6.5 from also doing 160gr, but at that point I'd move up in caliber. The 7mm and 8mm handle heavier bullets better anyway.

I am not sure the above worked out the same with bullets available back when the Roberts was developed. Maybe they need the greater sectional density of the quarter bore in 117gr, but they're so close its hard to imagine. Is the attraction for the Roberts for varmints? I'm really only thinking of .223 and .204 for those.

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Old 11-11-2014, 02:01 PM
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Got my .308 in. Machining marks on the bolt were rougher than I expected from handling a few rh examples. The result is the bolt will bind were a Savage or Tikka won't. 'Course a Savage will hang up were the RAR won't. Tikka is the only clear winner there.

I also had to sand out the end of the forearm to get it to float. It wasn't much at all, but it'd have to be much more to keep it floating when flexed. Definitely gonna have to keep any rest or grip at the rear of the forearm to avoid flex and bounce.

For just over $370 including transfer, I ain't complaining. If it does 1.5 moa or less with factory it'll be a steal.
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