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What are your opinions on right bolt left port actions for a right handed tactical shooter? It would be nice to be able to see the round being chambered instead of relying on feel or doing press checks. But are they dangerous? The port would then be lined up with your left eye and if something blew, your eye would be in more danger. I do wear quality safety glasses (admittedly) almost all the time. What are your thoughts on these for tactical shooting? Do you think the danger is not worth what little time you might save during a stage or is there no danger at all?
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It all depends on the design of the action. 2-lug, 3 lug design? Full body bolt or is bolt smaller diameter than the lugs? Does the bolt have any kind of baffle to block lug race? does the bolt nose fit into a barrel chamber counterbore?

On a typical 2-lug action, I believe there is a slight increase in potential hazard, especially if the bolt has a Sako or M16 type extractor allowing a path for gas to escape behind the bolt face. But, if you're careful about sizing brass for zero or tight headspace and don't make powder charge mistakes, the danger is very remote. Put it this way... there's no more danger than a left handed shooter shooting a right handed rifle.

But yeah, the more openings provided in front of the shooter's face, the more potential for danger. It just stands to reason. FWIW, I can't say I've heard of any cases of benchrest shooters being injured by RBLP actions, and they are somewhat common in BR competition.

That was an excellent question you posed, by the way! I honestly haven't given it a whole lot of thought.
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I have never thought of that either. My next build is going to right bolt left port. Something to think about.
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as fearful of Tort Actions as most US Corps are now-a-days....  I doubt they would make available if they weren't as safe as the normal actions.
 
However... I would be double careful if I were hand loading rounds for such an action!
 
My Son shoots lefty... and I normally sight his rifles in... to start with anyway... and the left port is very nice on the bench!
 
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I've had to show product at a couple 1,000 yard shoots in PA and a number of those shooters were using them. Once dialed in they want to shoot as fast as possible and that seems to work.
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BigDaddy had a savage set up that way, he said it was a lazer.
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yes it was, it was a single shot in a heavy BR type rifle .RBLP was fun to shot. You could load and never lift from cheek weld.

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Sounds like it would be pretty safe, I cant see the downside to having one. I was looking specifically at the Bighorn Arms TL2.

Rifledude to answer some of your questions:

It uses a 2 lug design

Has a "sliding plate" extractor

Bolt has a floating head

The bolt has a gas block

http://www.bighornarms.com/action-info/features/

It looks neat. Sorry for the huge picture.


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Man, that is slick! 
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