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Old June 19, 2014, 09:37 AM   #1
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zastava mod 70 trigger

Hello y'all
I've got a zastava mod 70 in .243 which for a fairly inexpensive rifle has got nice fit and finish and so far with my handloads is a pretty fine shooter. However, the trigger as new was pretty poor in having long and gritty travel. I've been quite successful in the past with getting adjustment to what I like on my other Mauser style rifles. My efforts on this little one aren't working. I haven't found a setting light and smooth enough for me that passes the "bump test" and safety does not function for any reasonable setting. With this being a range only rifle, I'm ok with no safety but 1) are my expectations too high for this trigger and should I move on to an after-market trigger or 2) pass the rifle to a real gun smith? I've loved the simplicity of installation and function of Riflebasix triggers in my Remingtons and Savages but they don't seem to make one for this rifle. Any suggestions? Many thanks.
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Old June 19, 2014, 11:16 AM   #2
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Old June 30, 2014, 01:08 AM   #3
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Found instruction on adjusting the trigger here:

Topic Zastava m70 trigger adjustment

There is an illustration on the Zastava site of the trigger mechanism. The information on adjusting the trigger comes originally from "Bolt Action Rifles", under the Mark X action article. The trick is to adjust ALL the screw in gradual stages, if you just work on the trigger weight the safety will stop working, as you found out. The trigger can be adjusted to a very good, safe pull, but it takes patience.
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Old July 1, 2014, 06:52 PM   #4
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The Zastava 70 is just the latest labeling of the commercial 98 Mauser action. You can find a PDF of the Interarms manual with a diagram for the trigger adjustments.

If the trigger safety doesn't work you could always swap out the cocking piece for a military one with a low aftermarket safety. Personally I would much rather have the original bolt locking safety instead of a trigger locker anyway. Having a solid piece of steel holding back the firing pin always makes me feel better than a safety that just keeps the trigger from (hopefully) moving.
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