Okay, after 25 years of cheap arse improvising I'm looking for my first left handed rifle.
I'd like a high quality, all-weather lightweight mountain gun at a reasonable ($1200-1500+/-) cost and it has become painfully obvious that very few companies offer these mountain guns in left handed actions. What's up with that?! If Tikka can do it, why can't others?
Right now it looks like the Weatherby Mark V ultra lightweight is the answer. I had a righty in .30-06 I got in a trade; I loved the build quality and action on that gun, but it was a righty and I sold it.
WBY offers only two LH loads in their ultra lightweight six pounder: .257 wby mag and .300 wby mag. I have no clue why they won't offer .30-06, .308 etc, other than they want to sell factory ammo.
I'd like less recoil and I do have my trusty .300wm ruger righty for moose, bear etc. so it looks like the .257 is my choice. I can buy a new one reasonably.
Aside from ammo cost, the .257 looks like a great load with bullet choices between 87 grain (varmint) and up to 120 grain with wicked fps speeds of 3800 to 3400 respectively.
I'm wondering who has used one for sheep and/or goat?
Will it without a doubt do the job? I know the obvious bullet placement thinking, I just want to believe that it is enough gun for my upcoming AK goat hunt. This could be an all-weather rife for my yearly high country deer and occasional elk hunts here as well...
Appreciate all thoughts....