altering stock 10/22 trigger pull


March 7, 2012, 07:58 PM

In the quest for improved 10/22 trigger pull, I am considering either:
1) adjust the stock trigger pull down to 2.25 lbs;
2) buy new trigger components
3) buy an entirely new trigger.

I don't want to spend a ton of money, but want a trigger that breaks cleanly. I'm new to target shooting and light-breaking triggers - I understand some break as light as 2 ounces. Can I get a target-worthy trigger with my stock 10/22 components, or should I go aftermarket?

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March 7, 2012, 08:38 PM
There are a few peice that can lower the pull to 2 1/2 to 3lb but tend to have some sloppy spots in them but cost is lower Or buy a kit like Clark Customs has that will give a nice tight and safe 2 1/2 to 2 3/4lb trigger for 75 bucks. This will get all the parts needed to replace your . It makes for a good hunting trigger and still good for a bit of range time. The also sell a couple lesser parts for 20 and 55 dollars too. Have Midway usa send you a catalog too for future reference. I have a 1lb jard in mine and is about to low for many shooters. Jidd has a 2 stag that is 3oz take up + 6 oz pull to fire. Both cost well over 200 dollars today.

March 7, 2012, 10:29 PM
I've taken my stock trigger to 1.25lbs, but it wasnt safe, when I smacked it it would release. So I brought it up to 2.7, and it's worked fine. However, I wouldn't actually sugest trying it without knowing exactly what you are doing, which I didnt really when I did mine. If you do lower the stock trigger, make sure to test it extensively by dry firing and testing if a jolt or some such thing can set it off before actually firing.

March 7, 2012, 10:38 PM
I think there's videos on youtube of people altering triggers, but I agree with the poster above who said that it's probably not a good idea unless you're willing to take the risk of danger to yourself and others, and potentially irreparable harm to the trigger group.

I've been checking out this set by Volquartsen

but haven't got it yet. Has good reviews though

March 7, 2012, 10:42 PM
On the bottom end, I like the $35 Volquartsen target hammer. It's good for a nice 2-3lb pull. Going up the food chain, the Power Custom adjustable hammer/trigger/sear kit is very good, allows for adjustability of letoff and travel. I also prefer their mag release over all others. On the upper end, I would choose to skip the VQ assembly and go right on to the KIDD. It is the best that money can buy but not necessary for every application.

March 7, 2012, 10:47 PM
I recently worked mine over. I had an older one with very little takeup that I installed a set screw in for overtravel and worked over the hammer with some sand paper to take out a lot of the creep and some weight. Probably should have just bought the vq hammer for a lighter pull and less creep. Once I took out all the overtravel I had to reduce the whole radius of the hammer to get it to fall all the way. Otherwise the sear didn't move far enough out of the way for the hammer to move freely. IT can be done, but the vq hammer is cheap.

Check out here for some DIY stuff.

look for the jbweld trick for eliminating pretravel.

March 8, 2012, 01:05 AM
In my and friends' I've installed 5 or 6 Volquartsen kits, some of them when they first came out 20+ (?) years ago. They have proven to be very reliable, and none of us have had any issues.

What's fun is to let someone who has a stock trigger pick mine up and shoot it....."how'd you ever get the trigger that nice?" is a common question.

March 8, 2012, 07:49 AM
There are techniques that allow you to use oem parts and build a trigger with very low break weight, no creep and short reset. Adding a set screw to the sear piece, stoning and re-hardening is involved. None of it rocket surgery but it does require some experience with metal working.

The lowest trigger break weight I have be able to achieve while remaining safe is 8oz with modified oem parts. I don't see a 2oz trigger being a reality.

The Volquartsen kits are the best bet for most users.

March 8, 2012, 10:43 AM
As I've never altered the weight of a trigger before, what would be safe for a "target/varmint" 10/22, assuming that you would be carrying the rifle? Is a 2.5 lb trigger safe for carrying in the field, or should the pull be more in the 3 - 3.5 lb range?

March 8, 2012, 11:05 AM
Safety is between the ears. Personally, I like a 2lb trigger in all my guns, even my revolvers and most of them have that. Some shooters are more comfortable with heavier letoffs. Others wouldn't be safe with a 20lb trigger with a lawyer handcuffed to it.

March 8, 2012, 02:27 PM
To me it might depend on the trigger system. But for a 10/22 the 2 1/2lb trigger pull is fine for a seasoned shooter. My hunting rifle has a 1 1/2lb timney in it and has been rock solid for 15 years. Heavest trigger we own is my wifes 2 1/2lb clark trigger in her 10/22.

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