Has any of you ever changed the bolt handle over to the RH side like "normal" bolt action guns? Looks like a little milling on the cover and tapping the bolt threads all the way through would convert it easily. Just wondering, rj
If you think about it, the bolt handle being on the left side is a good location for right handers. Because you can do a fast mag change from a belt mag carrier pouch and release the bolt all with your left hand while keeping the rifle shouldered and pointed at your target. Bringing the rifle down and switching hands to release the bolt and chamber a round greatly slows you down to get back on target.
Massad Ayoob defines a tactical reload as "a technique of reloading a partially empty gun in such a way that the shooter maintains control of the remaining live rounds from the first gun-load."
If the gun is only partially empty, then there's a round still in the chamber, and you won't have to worry about the bolt, just eject the partially empty mag and pop in a new one. If you do have to chamber a new round, then the gun is empty, and that's just be a plain old reload.
"tapping the bolt threads all the way through would convert it easily. Just wondering, rj"
I have changed the shrouds to reverse the bolt before by machining the bolt handle slot on the other side. The only problem with this is, that you must remove the 2 hardened steel inserts from the sides of the bolt and reverse them. The inserts are pressed down to a shoulder so they have to be pulled out. The threaded one is not a problem, it's the other side that you will have fun removing. It is also safer to have the bolt handle on the opposite side of the ejection port do to the event of a hang fire caused from bad ammo.
Your hand is out of the way.