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Savage MK II and a Rifle Basix trigger job

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by riddleofsteel, Oct 5, 2004.

  1. riddleofsteel

    riddleofsteel Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Last week at the range my son's old J.C. Higgins gave up the ghost as a chunk of the receiver broke out. After shooting we went looking at new .22's. We decided one a Savage after looking at various Rugers and Marlins, ect. Our internet research later that evening pointed to the Mark II BV as a "best buy" so I ordered one from my local dealer. During the wait I did some reading over at rimfirecentral.com. I figured out enough to know we would need to do some trigger work. I ordered a Rifle Basix sear before I really got the whole "shim" thing figured out.
    So the rifle comes in and true to form the trigger is well over 10 lbs or at least felt like it. I did not have any shim material and no screw driver that would fit the rear trigger hsg. screw so I decided to install the Rifle Basix sear that had come in the day before the rifle instead.
    Installation was simple. I layed out the parts left to right and kept the pins with their original parts and holes in the trigger housing. Final adjustment was easy also once I figured out what the adjustments were doing. Put simply, wind both screws in or out as much as possible and slowly adjust until you reach your "sweet spot." Testing revealed a crisp, creep free, 1 lb. trigger. However, there was still a small bit of travel when you put tension on the trigger. I finally found out it was due to side to side trigger wobble. I took the trigger out and squeezed the housing a little and reassembled. Now the trigger is crisp, 1 lb. and wobble/creep free.
    I really think it compares to the triggers on my Remington rifles.
    Testing it throughly I could not get the bolt to fall unless the trigger was pulled despite pounding that threatened to mar the rifle for life. I even pulled the bullet on a round and put it in the chamber to test with the bolt under tension.

    Speaking of that, Does dry firing the Mark II hurt the rifle? I have always heard not to dry fire rimfires.

    Now for the pain.

    During the process, working on a light colored table cloth, the dern "E" clip that secures the sear pin vanished without a trace.

    Now a small twisted wire holds it until I can get a replacement from the hardware store.

    Later on I installed a set of engraved Millet high rings and an old Leupold Vari X III 50mm from my stash of spare stuff. My 11 year old son is as proud as a puppy with two peters.

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