Installation instructions for a Wild West trigger and ejector in a Marlin 1894/95.


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1858
December 5, 2008, 07:23 PM
I completed the installation of three Wild West triggers and three Wild West "bear proof" ejectors in my Marlin lever action rifles this week ... two 1895s and one 1894. Before I started this project, I was surprised by how little information I could find on the internet regarding the installation of an aftermarket trigger in a Marlin therefore I decided to do a "How To" for any other Marlin owners considering this upgrade. I'd appreciate any feedback particularly if you have any suggestions or comments to improve the instructions.

Thanks.

:)

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straight-shooter
December 6, 2008, 08:23 PM
Very nice detailed write up on this 1858. I appreciate your time involved in doing this as it will make my installation of the Wild West Trigger very simple once I get one.

I saved a copy of the pdf to my harddrive.

Cheers!

hungryhunter
January 7, 2009, 03:12 PM
fantastic work, I plan on installing one on my 336w tonight : )

Prepster
January 7, 2009, 03:16 PM
I just bought an 1894 Cowboy. Since I haven't fired it yet (it isn't actually here yet, either :(), I'm not sure if I'm going to want a wild west trigger, but thanks for the write up anyway! I've saved it to my hard drive in case I want a new trigger, opinions seem to be fairly split from what I hear.

hungryhunter
January 9, 2009, 04:59 PM
1858 You're a genius. I looked at your PDF and put the WWT in my 336w in about 10 minutes. Great work, I love the new trigger, can't wait to get to the range.

1858
January 9, 2009, 05:28 PM
hungryhunter, well done and I'm sure you'll find the trigger a huge improvement over the stock one. Once you take these Marlins apart you realize how easy they are to work with and why they're such great rifles. I like the fact that they can be totally disassembled/reassembled for cleaning/maintenance in about 10 minutes (including removing the firing pin).

:)

1858
February 16, 2009, 01:58 AM
Here's a new link for the Wild West trigger installation ... the original link no longer works. My apologies to the folks that have been sending me PMs. :o

Wild West trigger installation. (http://www.thehighroad.org/showpost.php?p=7714073&postcount=26)

:)

Strm27m
February 17, 2009, 06:15 AM
Very nice! Thank you for taking the time to do the write-up.

BlacklabelOP
February 17, 2009, 06:26 AM
thank you

Robert
February 17, 2009, 09:35 AM
Out Standing. Thank you sir.

Visible Intent
August 22, 2009, 10:53 PM
Terrific job on these instructions! I've had a WW trigger for a couple of weeks, debating whether to try installing it myself or spend the money on a gunsmith. I owe you one. If you find your way down to Houston, let me know and I'll treat you to some BBQ and a beer.

Visible Intent
August 22, 2009, 10:59 PM
Oh, and darn fine photo work, too. Perfect exposures and focus, no shadows or glare. Guns aren't the only thing I shoot, and I know that work took some careful attention.

tango2echo
August 22, 2009, 11:34 PM
Very nice work. Thank you.

T2E

Furncliff
August 23, 2009, 12:19 AM
1858 - WELL DONE!

I was not planning a trigger mod for my 1894c because the trigger isn't too bad. That just changed.

Furncliff
August 23, 2009, 12:39 AM
I went shopping for the trigger and found Midway has them on sale... ~$79.00

1858
August 23, 2009, 02:46 AM
Visible Intent, you're welcome and thanks for the kind words. The trigger makes such a difference so I'm happy to help anyone interested in this cheap and effective upgrade. I'm not much of a photo expert but I do try, so I appreciate the fact that you noticed the effort.

tango2echo & Furncliff, you're welcome too!

:)

Visible Intent
August 30, 2009, 08:40 PM
Just a quick update. This afternoon I followed 1858's excellent instructions for installing the WW trigger on my Marlin 338 express. Installation went very smoothly, and I'm a complete newb when it comes to gunsmithing. At the range, today, that crisp, easy break made a huge difference. If you have one of this family of Marlin lever guns, you will love the result.

craig228
September 10, 2009, 05:03 PM
I completed the installation of three Wild West triggers and three Wild West "bear proof" ejectors in my Marlin lever action rifles this week ... two 1895s and one 1894. Before I started this project, I was surprised by how little information I could find on the internet regarding the installation of an aftermarket trigger in a Marlin therefore I decided to do a "How To" for any other Marlin owners considering this upgrade. I'd appreciate any feedback particularly if you have any suggestions or comments to improve the instructions.

Thanks.

:)
Hi 1885, just to let you know I found the link to your instruction. They look great. Thank you for your effort.

Regards, craig228

Dr T
April 8, 2010, 04:46 PM
Are these instructions still available? Link in this thread is broken.:confused:

1858
April 11, 2010, 12:28 PM
Dr T, sorry about that ... I was doing some file "housekeeping" recently and moved the file to a new folder. Here's the new link.

Wild West trigger installation instructions. (http://www.thehighroad.org/showpost.php?p=7714073&postcount=26)

:)

Papa John
April 11, 2010, 05:52 PM
1858: Thanks for posting the new link on the Wild West trigger installation. Wonderful job. much appreciated.
John

Airborne Falcon
April 12, 2010, 12:55 AM
Wow 1858 ... many thanks!

Maverick223
April 12, 2010, 01:19 AM
Tag for later, thank you for the great article. http://forums.nitroexpress.com/images/graemlins/smilies/general/xyxthumbs.gif

Shrinkmd
July 3, 2011, 10:35 PM
Uh the link isn't working anymore, could someone please repost the file. I want a happier marlin trigger as well!

Thanks!

1858
July 3, 2011, 10:38 PM
Sorry about that ....

HERE'S THE LINK (http://www.thehighroad.org/showpost.php?p=7714073&postcount=26)

1025npm
November 9, 2011, 02:51 PM
Hello All
I am a new member and have tried to access 1858's link for installing the Wild West Happy Trigger..... but cannot access. Can anyone help???? Are there any other links for instructions to install this trigger in a Marlin 1895 SBL???? Thanks

1858
November 9, 2011, 03:02 PM
Hello All
I am a new member and have tried to access 1858's link for installing the Wild West Happy Trigger..... but cannot access. Can anyone help???? Are there any other links for instructions to install this trigger in a Marlin 1895 SBL???? Thanks

I'm in the middle of moving to Arkansas and so my server won't be up and running for a few weeks at least. However, rather than rely upon me or my schedule, I've uploaded the file to THR's server.

1025npm
November 9, 2011, 03:10 PM
Hello All

I am a new member. I have purchased a WW Happy Trigger for my Marlin 1895 SBL and want to install myself. I have tried to access 1858's link for installation instructions and I can't access. Can anyone help with ideas/directions? Is there any other links which will provide directions for installation??? Thanks

1025npm
November 9, 2011, 03:14 PM
Just accessed the pdf you sent......outstanding instructions/pics. Thanks so much and good luck with your move.

Take care and shoot straight

Svashtar
December 23, 2011, 11:24 AM
Not to bump an old thread, but thank you! Excellent instructions I couldn't find anywhere else. My 20 year old 444SS is a nice rifle but has the worst trigger on the planet. (Actually, my .45 Camp Carbine has the worst, but it's within Marlin specs of 8 lbs, so they won't touch it.)

Thanks again.

Svashtar
December 28, 2011, 09:48 PM
Install went off without a hitch. Excellent instructions. Only little caveat is that the new trigger pull isn't even close to 3 pounds.

Old trigger pull in 1989 Marlin 444SS was 5.75 lbs (average of 10 pulls with Lyman TP gauge.) Trigger also was creepy and had the famous flop.

New pull is still nearly SIX pounds, but no creep, and no flop. Very nice trigger, but still too heavy. Either WW is limiting their liability now, along with everyone else, or the older Marlins are special somehow.

BTW, I carefully stoned the hammer notch with a fine ceramic square finishing stone, just to make sure everything was clean and smooth, and then treated everything with Brownell's action magic followed by their action lube. Very slick, very crisp, and too heavy.

I'll try replacing the mainspring with a lighter spring. Maybe that will help.

Thanks much.

helo18
March 1, 2012, 11:00 AM
Hello,

I am new to this forum. I am trying to put a wild west trigger in my Marlin 1895. I cannot access the file listed here. Can anyone repost it or get me the file. Thanks for help.

Visible Intent
March 1, 2012, 01:00 PM
The pdf file attached to 1858's post about 4 or 5 posts above yours is still available. I just tested it. Have you tried to download it?

Shrinkmd
March 6, 2013, 11:47 PM
First off, thank you for the wonderful instructions and pictures!

I successfully installed a trigger on my 1894css, and tonight I installed one on my 1894ss. Only problem is, the first install took about 15 minutes, but tonight took 2 hours! The stupid receiver and trigger wouldn't line up, and it took forever to finally get it back together. I was afraid I buggered the screw or the holes, but after trying it without the receiver to confirm the trigger screw would actually go into the threads on the outer receiver, I finally got it together.

Unfortunately, I scratched the receiver in a few spots, so I need to work on buffing the scratches out and polishing the thing (and the small gouges around the screw head...don't ask) Any advice on that? I will read up on the old posts about polishing stainless. At least it isn't matte finish, so I can make it all even more shiny.

Also, the trigger is doing something weird. It is breaking nicely at a little under 3lb (original around 6), but if I try to recock the hammer without working the lever, it often does not catch. If I push the trigger forward a little, or gently tug on the lever, I hear a very fine click, and then the trigger can be reset without working the lever again. It looks like there is a tiny spring which pushes on the trigger.

Has this happened to anyone else? I really don't want to disassemble this rifle, given how hard it was to get it back together. Stupid quality control on the "Remlin" Marlins. I should have waited till they got their quality control fixed...

Thanks for any advice on these issues. Next stop is slugging the bore so I can get my lead boolit loads shooting better.

1858
March 7, 2013, 11:05 AM
Shrinkmd, I used the instructions this past weekend to install a Wild West trigger in my 1894CSS and I found them useful too ... and I wrote them!! One thing I noticed is that it's best to leave the screws that hold the trigger plate (I refer to it as the lower receiver) loose before installing the pivot screw for the hammer. Once all the screws have been started into the threads, it's then a simple case of tightening them.

I didn't have any issues installing the trigger, this is my fifth Marlin upgrade, and the difference is night and day. I also installed a Wild West "bear proof" ejector and some other upgrades from Longhunter including a stainless steel magazine follower, stainless steel magazine spring, titanium one-piece firing pin and lighter hammer spring. Combined with the Skinner sights front and rear this is one slick .357 Magnum lever action.

Unfortunately, I scratched the receiver in a few spots, so I need to work on buffing the scratches out

I've found that a stainless steel brush does a great job of buffing out scratches on the Marlin.

As for your trigger, it sounds like it could be hanging up on something. You should take it apart again and check that the trigger is free to move in the trigger plate and that there are no burrs causing it to rub. The trigger has a return spring so check that the spring isn't binding in some way.

Shrinkmd
March 7, 2013, 09:53 PM
I was reading on this page http://marauder.homestead.com/files/Marlin94.html about reassembly, and the importance of NOT tightening all the screws until you get the trigger pivot screw in. Wish I RTFM ahead of time, would have saved a couple hours of pain (and scratching up the gun).

I hit the auto parts store and got an assortment of wet/dry paper, so I will see if the higher grits can get the scratches out first, if not I can go as low as 220 or 400.

That website also recommends doing a full disassembly, clean, and lube/grease(it was nasty in there after a couple hundred rounds!) after every couple hundred rounds. Now that I know how to do it, it isn't that big a deal. Would it be an accuracy problem or loosen up the gun taking the screws in and out that often? I know more guns are broken by over cleaning than the opposite. And I already did that!

1858
March 7, 2013, 11:22 PM
Would it be an accuracy problem or loosen up the gun taking the screws in and out that often?

No ... but it helps if you have a good set of bits for the screws. Using good bits goes a long way towards preventing damage to the screws and/or the surface of the receiver. Ideally the bits should have a snug fit in the screw slot.

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