Trigger job has proven to be excellent!


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gamestalker
August 2, 2011, 11:51 PM
I had a trigger job done on one of my S&W M 66-5 quite a while back, maybe a year ago. After it was done I got a ton of criticism from others saying I would soon regret having it done. It weighes 29 oz. and breakes like glass with zero travel. After having it done most everyone said that it would soon give me problems holding and that I had just destroyed my 66-5. Well, I have put at least 800 rounds through it since, all H110/296 reloads and it has not changed at all.

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owlhoot
August 3, 2011, 02:04 AM
Thirty-five years ago when PPC was still a popular gun game, nearly every competitor used a K frame smith with a highly tuned action job. An active competitor would go through one or two thousand rounds a month. I know I did. When I gave it up, I converted my gun back to it's original configuration as a model 15. I still have it and still shoot it often. And the action is still as sweet as it ever was. So enjoy and stop worrying about it.

InkEd
August 3, 2011, 11:07 AM
What's the actual weight of the trigger pull?

Standing Wolf
August 3, 2011, 05:34 PM
It's a rare firearm that can't be improved by refining the trigger pull.

Jeff F
August 4, 2011, 08:06 AM
A trigger job done right will last as long as the gun it was done on.

CraigC
August 4, 2011, 09:51 AM
A slicked-up S&W is a thing to behold!

Even if the `smith cuts through the case hardening on the hammer or trigger, it's not a big deal to reharden it.

tipoc
August 4, 2011, 01:28 PM
After it was done I got a ton of criticism from others saying I would soon regret having it done... After having it done most everyone said that it would soon give me problems holding and that I had just destroyed my 66-5

I wouldn't worry so much about what others say, one way or the other.

A good trigger job will last a good many years and many thousands of rounds. If eventually you begin to get some hammer push off or trigger slippage, then it can easily be repaired and brought back to snuff by a good smith. It's hard to "destroy" a M66 by messing with the trigger.

There are different types of trigger jobs for different purposes; PPC, bullseye, action shooting and carry. Many shooters simply rely on dry firing and time to wear the trigger to the point they like as they have no need or desire for something a bit finer.

tipoc

PO2Hammer
August 4, 2011, 01:38 PM
I'm getting my first ever professional trigger job on my new Bisley Blackhawk .44 special. great gun, but it had a huge amount of creep in the trigger pull. I should be able to pick it up on Monday. I'm not expecting it to be as nice as my S&W 624, but I'm hoping it will be close.

JoeMal
August 4, 2011, 01:41 PM
It's a rare firearm that can't be improved by refining the trigger pull. Of course your definition of 'improved' may not be what the OP considers improved...

Standing Wolf
August 4, 2011, 03:29 PM
Of course your definition of 'improved' may not be what the OP considers improved...

True. I've met shooters who actually like creep because it lets them know when the trigger is about to break. I've met shooters who like heavy triggers even in bullseye guns. My personal preference, a trigger that holds at 2.5 pounds and breaks at anything beyond that, would probably impress lots of shooters as too light.

Can't please all of us all the time.

I have noticed trigger jobs I did years ago have remained consistent and unvarying over the years, even in guns I've shot a lot. I don't know why that is, but I'm certainly not complaining about it.

PO2Hammer
August 4, 2011, 04:19 PM
I told my 'smith to leave the springs alone and aim for a 4 pound pull. I need to be able to feel it in winter while wearing gloves. Don't want to worry about reduced powder mainsprings causing a FTF.
I would have tolerated some creep, but not a 'it should go off soon, I've been pulling for half a minute' trigger pull.

searcher451
August 4, 2011, 04:32 PM
The only person who's opinion counts in this matter is you. If you are happy -- and it seems pretty certain that you are -- then why worry about what others said a year ago ... or what others might say down the road? Ejoy your pistol; it's yours, after all.

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