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Thread: Looking for a left hand Pheasant gun

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    i have a browning bps - bottom load and eject.

    Browning silver hunter - right side eject but its gas and it throws the shells so fast I cant even see them. I also wear glasses 99% of the time so I don't worry about stuff in my eyes.

    Recently I purchased a franchi SL 20ga O/U which is now my go too. Its neutral cast so it works for lefty or righty.

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    There are some costlier options for a left handed break-action gun. Benelli's 828U comes with a shim kit, IIRC. It might be the only break action gun that supports stock adjustments via shims. Also, Beretta O/Us can be ordered for left handers, or you can replace the original stock with a factory replacement left-handed stock. I think Brownings can also be ordered for lefties.

    My son shoots lefty and he shoots an off-the-shelf 20 guage citori for pheasants and quail and an off-the-shelf 12 Franchi Diamond for waterfowl and high school trap team. Both have a very modest amount of cast for a right hander. He claims the cast doesn't bother him, but then he's never shot a gun with cast for a lefty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matto View Post
    There are some costlier options for a left handed break-action gun. Benelli's 828U comes with a shim kit, IIRC. It might be the only break action gun that supports stock adjustments via shims. Also, Beretta O/Us can be ordered for left handers, or you can replace the original stock with a factory replacement left-handed stock. I think Brownings can also be ordered for lefties.

    My son shoots lefty and he shoots an off-the-shelf 20 guage citori for pheasants and quail and an off-the-shelf 12 Franchi Diamond for waterfowl and high school trap team. Both have a very modest amount of cast for a right hander. He claims the cast doesn't bother him, but then he's never shot a gun with cast for a lefty.
    The Benelli 828U now comes in a left hand version.

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    Just found this forum after doing a search for left hand shotguns. I have a safe full of right hand semi's and a couple of break actions, but have always wanted a lefty in something other than 12 ga. After a total of 6 shoulder surgeries, 4 on my left and 2 on my right, I started looking in the 20 and 28 ga range. Beretta has the a400 Action in lefty but only in 12 ga. Benelli I think has the Montefeltro in 20 ga but only in black plastic and I think the M2 in lefty chambered maybe for 12 and 20, again only in plastic stock. The price tag of the O/U and SxS models keep me from looking that way.
    If someone has found something in 20 or 28 dressed in something other than plastic, I would really like to know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sidecar View Post
    Maybe too old school for most shooters nowadays, but he Ithaca M 37 pump ejects out the bottom so right or left handed shooters, no problem. Don't know about cast off or cast on; light weight field gun. Pumps are a different breed though and take a little time to get used to. Can be bought very reasonably nowadays. probably not good to use with steel shot.
    Ithaca claimed at the time steel shot was mandated, that their guns with roto-forged barrels were safe for use with steel. Probably should stick with improved cylinder or modified chokes though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ericb View Post
    Ithaca claimed at the time steel shot was mandated, that their guns with roto-forged barrels were safe for use with steel. Probably should stick with improved cylinder or modified chokes though.
    My son-in-law was a new shooter. He is strongly left-eye dominant and he learned to shoot off his left shoulder. I set him up with an Ithaca 37. I ordered a left-hand safety from Ithaca. It was not difficult to install. The gun has a modified choke. He regularly uses steel shot with no known issues.

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    Fellow lefty here. Not sorry to say it, darn near every modern shotgun looks disgusting. I mean it, one glance and you have to shade your eyes. All plascit (intentional spelling) or some such. Stainless Steel is the biggest stain I’ve ever seen. And there’s something about an O/U that screams greenhorn with too much money and claybird experience. All foreign made ta boot . That Ithaca ain’t a bad choice for a cornshucker. I wouldn’t be ashamed to pull her out.

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    Going today to try a Model 37 in 20 and 28 ga. Down here where I live, you still see a lot of Franchi 48 al in 20 and 28. The Ithaca 37 is also a old school favorite here. But, it is made here in the US. Prices are kind of high on the new ones made in Ohio. But I also have a hard time seeing $1400 for a a400 Action when I take it apart.
    I think the little Model 37 just might solve the problem.

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    I'm left handed, for decades my go-to shotgun has been the Browning BPS 26". IMO the best left hand - friendly shotgun anyone has come up with yet. It's heavier than most autos (and it sounds like you only have eyes for an auto) but it is a bulletproof design every bit at home in the goose blind as it is walking roosters up out of the cattails. Off course I know the BPS extremely well and shorten the stocks on mine to fit my LOP, but I shoot it better than anything else I have in the safes. That tang safety is worth it's weight in gold...

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    Benelli Montefeltro is also available in wood as a lefty.

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