Being left-handed is tough enough as it is. Finding a left-handed deer hunting rifle is another level of challenging.
Walking through a gun store prior to deer season is like sitting at a local sports bar on the first night of Monday Night Football--tons of people milling around with excitement, looking for the perfect gun for this season.
You watch people walk back and forth saying, "Can I take a look at that rifle?"
Then when it finally becomes your turn, you ask the question: "Do you have any left-handed rifles?"
The guy will look at you with a semi-blank stare and say, "Yeah, I think we might have a couple down at the end." They're almost almost stocked for the right-hand dominant, but leave lefties out.
I experienced this exact scenario with my good friend and hunting buddy last season and it wasn't fun.
Check out these six left-handed rifles that are waiting to get sighted in for this deer season so you don't have to go through that awkward sales experience. Deer hunting awaits, and you ought to be ready with the proper bolt-action rifle.
1. Tikka T3 Hunter
Made in Finland, the Tikka T3 is a well-known rifle to those who are hardcore whitetail hunters. Available in a left-handed model, this fit for a pro rifle incorporates one of the smoothest actions on the hunting market today.
Weighing in just under seven pounds (without optics), this gun won't be a burden when hiking up ridges looking for your next trophy buck. The barrel length is ideal. The detachable polymer magazine is easily removable and holds between three and four cartridges depending on the caliber you choose.
Add your optic of choice up top and you'll be in business this season with this super-dependable rifle.
2. Remington Model 700 CDL
Quite possibly one of the most popular deer hunting rifles ever, the Model 700 CDL from Remington is always a top performer in the deer woods.
With a classically finished stock and checkering throughout, this rifle looks as amazing as it functions. For those shooting standard calibers (.270 Winchester and 30-06 Springfield), the Remington 700 integrates a 24-inch carbon steel barrel with a wooden stock and weighs about 7.5 pounds (without optics).
The hinged floor plate magazine offers space to hold four cartridges and can be loaded from the top of the receiver.
3. Browning X-Bolt Hunter
If you're looking for a deer rifle tons of features, then you've found it.
The X-Bolt Hunter by Browning is one rugged rifle for those who demand the best performance despite the conditions. Complete with a low-gloss walnut stock and super soft recoil pad, this firearm won't glare in the sun and also won't kick like a mule.
Equipped with Browning's "rotary magazine," cartridges sit in line with the bolt, making reloading efficient and snag-free. Additionally, the X-Bolt Hunter comes standard with Browning's "feather trigger system," which offers practically zero trigger creep and is screw-adjustable from 3.5-5 pounds.
4. Weatherby Mark V
The Mark V by Weatherby is designed to conquer the most extreme weather deer season can throw at you.
Right from the start, you'll notice the composite stock with a gel coat finish is comfortable for carrying and maintaining a steady grip in poor conditions. Weatherby also specifically designed this rifle with a 54-degree bolt lift, letting you reload fast while keeping your eyes on target.
Available in .257 Weatherby Magnum, .300 Weatherby Magnum or .30-378 Weatherby Magnum, the Mark V is ready to take down the biggest buck around.
5. Ruger American Rifle
Right out of the box, the Ruger American Rifle is ready to go to work for you. Simply adjust the "Marksman Trigger" to your optimal setting, mount your preferred scoped on top of the already-drilled-and-tapped receiver and you're ready to sight it in.
The Ruger American Rifle is available in both standard and compact models depending on your hunting specifications. And, both include an extremely lightweight stock which allows this firearm to stay under 6.5 pounds (without optics).
If conditions get rough, feel confident that the serrations on the front of the stock and behind the trigger will keep your hands tight on the rifle and steady for a shot.
6. Thompson/Center Dimension
For a fully customizable deer hunting rifle without a crazy price tag, the Dimension by Thompson/Center is king. Its lightweight composite stock weighs only seven pounds and is fully protected with an AMORSOFT coating, which not only helps with durability but also with grip.
Need to adjust the length of pull? No problem, because the Dimension allows for stock spacers to be added for the ultimate custom fit. The noticeably high cheek piece is designed to keep the shooter's eye naturally in line with the scope at all times and allows for quick target acquisition.
The Dimension comes in .300 Win Mag, .270 Win, and a plethora of your most common calibers. This rifle will be sure to make others in your hunting camp jealous.
Just because your trigger finger is on your left hand shouldn't mean that you have to settle for a right-handed deer gun or buy a bottom-of-the-barrel rifle.
Good luck in Deer Woods, USA this season!