Trigger for my Ruger 77/22 Hornet


February 18, 2012, 05:15 PM
A while back I bought a K77/22-VHZ. The trigger that seemed okay at the store, sure isn't when I'm trying to shoot groups.

What are my trigger options? I'm interested in anything from DIY using original parts or buying new pieces. It will mostly be used for shooting paper but there is always a chance I might take it hunting so I'm thinking 2-3# trigger with a working safety system.


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Float Pilot
February 18, 2012, 06:13 PM
They are HORRIBLE triggers from the factory. You would think that somebody at Ruger would get their act together regarding triggers.
I did the home gun-smithing job on mine and it helped. Taking it from a 12 pound pull down to about 4.5. But it is still rather creepy.
Plus I put a shim washer between the two parts of the bolt (another goofy idea) and glass bedded the action
I have installed a Rifle Basix trigger on a few rifles and they seem to work just fine...
Here are some...

February 18, 2012, 06:50 PM
I replaced the spring in mine and polished it up a hair. It is 1000% better now though amazingly it was not that bad to start with.

February 18, 2012, 07:01 PM
My Dad had a Timney trigger installed on his 77/44mag.

I will have to call him to get the specifics.

February 19, 2012, 03:11 PM
I just ordered the rifle basix trigger. I had good luck with them a while back in my Marlin 25.

Thanks all,


Ky Larry
February 19, 2012, 04:45 PM
When I'm considering buying a Ruger bolt rifle, I add another $100.00 to the asking price. This is to cover the cost of a Timney trigger. I have no experience with Rifle Basics or Jewel after market triggers but I hear good things about them. The Timney installation on a Ruger is very easy. It only involves pushing one pin out, dropping in the new trigger, spring, and sear, and pushing the pin back in. Good luck.

February 19, 2012, 04:58 PM
I installed a Timney trigger on the 77 I used to own. Great improvement of what Ruger put in at the factory. Even after the Timney was installed I still did not ever really like the 77 nor any other Ruger I owned. They all sold off.

February 21, 2012, 05:15 PM
I'm still waiting for my new trigger but my Lyman trigger gage that was delivered this afternoon measures my original trigger at 5 LB 9 oz. :eek:


February 22, 2012, 05:22 AM
Ruger triggers aren't hard to tune. I've done several after overcoming the trepidation of fooling with them.

I slightly reduce the sear engagement by slightly stoning the trigger sear (cheapest one in case you mess it up), and take a coil off the tension spring.

My 77/22Hornet has a ~2.5lb trigger now, and the M77MkII .375 has about a 3.5lb (on purpose.... a potential cold weather rifle needs a little heavier pull so you can "feel" it with gloves on.....)
It vastly improved the "shootability" of both rifles.

February 22, 2012, 05:14 PM
Just installed the Riflebasix RU-R, breaking at 3# now. I'll try that for a while.



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