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Old 09-13-2021, 02:39 PM
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I have a friend who's looking for a moderately priced LH bolt action rifle in .22 WMR for coon hunting. Savage has 2 models on their web site that look like they'd be about perfect, but nobody seems to have one in stock. Any suggestions?
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Old 09-13-2021, 02:50 PM
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Some of he premium bench rest rifles are made on left hand receivers for right handed shooters. I am familiar with coon hunting, although I dont do it. That is an easy shot on a treed animal. No need to military speed working a bolt very fast. A couple seconds or one extra second to lower the rifle and work the bolt.

Many use a handgun for coon. Like a 38 special. Probably less down range concerns than a rifle. A lot easier running after the dogs.

How a Henry lever action?
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Old 09-13-2021, 04:01 PM
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Some of he premium bench rest rifles are made on left hand receivers for right handed shooters. I am familiar with coon hunting, although I dont do it. That is an easy shot on a treed animal. No need to military speed working a bolt very fast. A couple seconds or one extra second to lower the rifle and work the bolt.

Many use a handgun for coon. Like a 38 special. Probably less down range concerns than a rifle. A lot easier running after the dogs.

How a Henry lever action?
I suggested a Henry, but he doesn'1 want a lever action. Too bad their single-shot break open rifle doesn't come in .22 WMR--that'd work for him. I suggested to Henry that they make that gun in either .22 WRM or .17 Hornet. They thanked me politely for the suggestion and added me to their mailing list. I still think that combination would make a good woods gun.
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Old 09-13-2021, 04:03 PM
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They make the Henry single shot in 357/38.

He could also use a 20ga single shot.

Actually, he can kill a coon with just about any gun in the world.
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Old 09-13-2021, 04:13 PM
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They make the Henry single shot in 357/38.

He could also use a 20ga single shot.

Actually, he can kill a coon with just about any gun in the world.
Thanks--I never noticed that the Henry can be had in .38/.357. I'll pass that on.

I agree that just about any gun made will kill a raccoon. Heck, I remember reading many years ago about Eskimos killing polar bears with .22 Hornets, but that doesn't make it the best of all possible choices. I appreciate your response.
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Old 09-13-2021, 05:24 PM
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I remember that Eskimo story. I forget the caliber. Hornet sounds about tight. I actually more a subscriber to the Elmer Keith philosophy: "I cannot be over gunned, becasue the game cannot be over dead" More or less.

I do like the 22mag.

I cannot understand how a company like Ruger that cranks out guns buy the millions with automated machinery does not offer LH American rimfires.
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Old 09-13-2021, 06:55 PM
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I cannot understand how a company like Ruger that cranks out guns buy the millions with automated machinery does not offer LH American rimfires.

It would take a major re-tooling to convert a RH bolt action set-up to a LH set-up. Only roughly 10% of the populace is guessed to be LH. Don't know if that'd be worth the $$$?
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Old 09-13-2021, 07:02 PM
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I have a friend who's looking for a moderately priced LH bolt action rifle in .22 WMR for coon hunting. Savage has 2 models on their web site that look like they'd be about perfect, but nobody seems to have one in stock. Any suggestions?
I suggest he buy this one:

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/906008273

LH, $299, .22WMR.
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Yep Buy a savage 93 have the barrel cut back to 16.5" , scope and 2" rail for a light and run with it.
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Why not buy the Henry 38-357 and buy an adapter to fire the 22 Mag? I forget the name of the company making them but one should be able to find them on the net.
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Old 09-14-2021, 03:01 AM
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Why not buy the Henry 38-357 and buy an adapter to fire the 22 Mag? I forget the name of the company making them but one should be able to find them on the net.
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That's overly complicating a simple situation, IMO. Just buy the gun he needs in the caliber he wants, IMO. Easy peasy.
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Old 09-14-2021, 06:12 PM
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I understood that he was having trouble finding a break action 22 WMR single shot, guess I misunderstood.
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I understood that he was having trouble finding a break action 22 WMR single shot, guess I misunderstood.
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Wasn't hard to misunderstand, IMO. LOL!

Original post stated a bolt action & then people opined about a break action.

I actually posted a GB link for the exact thing he wanted but got no response from the OP about it. I guess the buyer wasn't too serious about his search?

Oh, well.
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Wasn't hard to misunderstand, IMO. LOL!

Original post stated a bolt action & then people opined about a break action.

I actually posted a GB link for the exact thing he wanted but got no response from the OP about it. I guess the buyer wasn't too serious about his search?

Oh, well.
He'd prefer a LH bolt action but a break open ss will do. I checked GB myself & found nothing, Other sites too, same result. And no, he's not desperately seeking one, just mentioned to me that he'd like to have one. I did the searching myself. I'm retired so have lotsa spare time.
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Look for an H&R Handy Rifle in 22 WMR. They can be extremely accurate with the right ammo. Mine likes Winchester. I have mine up for sale locally as shipping boosts the cost up too high.
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