trigger dilemma...


November 30, 2008, 11:13 PM
I picked up my 336CS Marlin used, but in excellent condition, years ago, and the trigger isn't "bad" ... my guess is about 5 or 6 lbs.

But I've been working up an accuracy load to see if I can get MOA performance out of the rifle and feel that I'll get better groups with a lighter and cleaner trigger.

I've read up on stoning the trigger sear and contemplated doing it as I'm a bonified back shed gunsmith. But I've hesitated, as I have no way to fixture the trigger and keep the sear angle perfect (Mr. Over Analytical here).

So when I saw that Midway has the WWG "Happy Trigger" on sale for $78 I ordered it.

In preperation for installing it myself, I was pointed to the complete disassembly instructions over on the Marlin Owners board. Boy, that was easy!

So guess what I found. The previous owner had already worked on the sear! The trigger pin has a mark where it's been driven with a punch and the sear looks like it's obviously been stoned by hand.

So hears my dilema....

Should I take a crack at the sear.... and if I get a lighter crisper break, return the WWG trigger to Midway? (using the $$ to get a good peep sight from them).


install the WWG trigger and not look back?

Does the WWG trigger come with a new spring?

I can't say the trigger "flip" ever bothered me, so that's not a deal maker or breaker, as far as I'm concerned.

I won't open the packaging on the WWG trigger unless I intend to keep it.

I guess it can't hurt to do some stoning on the existing trigger.

I'm just wondering if the WWG trigger has any thing else to offer than an improved sear angle and finish.

Any one been there? or have a well reasoned opinion?

thanks in advance

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November 30, 2008, 11:31 PM
have you taken some of the hammer spring off yet? it did wonders for my trigger pull. you've got nothing to lose by experimenting on your current sear.

November 30, 2008, 11:42 PM

What rifle did you work the hammer spring on?

How many coils did you knock off?

Any issues with light primer strikes?

My 336 only has 13 coils on the hammer spring. I'm hesitant to tweek it without hearing of someone elses experience working on the same rifle.

December 1, 2008, 08:40 PM

thanks for your pm response....

now the plot has thickened....

upon further inspection, I think the main spring may have already been tweeked.

I've go 12-3/4 coils left.

Anybody know howmany coils total on an unaltered 336 main spring?

December 2, 2008, 12:15 AM
Just replace the hammer spring with a reduced power spring. It works much better than lopping coils off.

Dave B
December 2, 2008, 07:38 AM
You can buy the reduced power spring fron Brownells, or you can cut a coil off of each end. I have done both and either one works. If you cut too much off,you can put a small flat washer on to shim it back.

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