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Aftermarket Trigger on Practical Rifles

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by RatDrall, Jan 10, 2013.

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  1. RatDrall

    RatDrall Member

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    Are aftermarket triggers only for range toys?

    Is there any reason not to put a Timney trigger (with safety) on a Remington 700 that will be used for deer, hogs, varmints, etc?

    I guess that what concerns me is moving from the sear safety (Xmark Pro) to the Timney whose safety only blocks the trigger from moving.

    Are aftermarket triggers any less durable than the factory unit?
     
  2. helotaxi

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    Good aftermarket triggers are just as suitable for a hunting rifle as a target rifle. They help you shoot better in both cases and I'm of the opinion that you can never shoot too well. I'd trust any quality aftermarket trigger more than a factory trigger and having compared a factory Rem 700 trigger to a Jewel in the same rifle, the difference was night and day.
     
  3. Smokey Joe

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    Aftermarket triggers...

    Rat Drall--I've installed several Timney triggers on my hunting rifles--mostly reworked milsurps--and have never been sorry for a one of them.

    If I had a commercial rifle, the trigger of which was unsatisfactory, and everything else on the rifle was good, I'd do the same thing to such a rifle in a heartbeat.

    BTW, IMX, Ruger rifles are VERY difficult to fit with an aftermarket trigger. My only beef with my Ruger rifle.

    As to safeties--The operation of the safety varies with the particular rifle. With most of my Timney replacements, the original safety on the rifle is the operable safety. Haven't used one of the Timney triggers with an attached safety.

    As to durability--The Timneys on my milsurps, appear to be built like a tank. Have had no malfunctions of any type, and would not expect any with such a trigger.
     
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  4. taliv

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    timneys are a decent trigger and lots of people who shoot action rifle / field / sniper matches use them without drama.

    i personally don't have safeties on any of my bolt guns.

    and i strongly recommend bolt back, empty chamber, mag out when carrying a rifle around.

    do not rely on a bolt gun safety for anything.
     
  5. 788Ham

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    Timney is a darn good trigger for your Remington 700. I've got one on 3 Rem. rifles I own, a Rem. 788, a 700 BDL in .22-250 and an ADL in '06. The trigger really makes a difference in mine, no special trimming of stock either!
     
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    Part of my regimen for buying working rifles is to test the triggers. Lousy trigger means no sale.

    The only gun I have replaced the trigger on is my AK.

    Older military firearms are excepted from this rule.
     
  7. jmr40

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    That is a good plan on a target/range rifle, but wouldn't fly on a hunting rifle. Not where I hunt.

    I don't rely on the safety, but it is an extra layer of prevention. There is no downside to having a safety and using it.
     
  8. taliv

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    why? what is special about where you hunt?
     
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    I replaced the factory trigger in both of my Remington 700s and an XR-100. Much better let off than the factory triggers.

    Consider what trigger pull is appropriate for the kind of hunting you are planning to do, though.
     
  10. USSR

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    Don't know about jmr40, but where I hunt, 35 yards is a long shot. The deer around here won't stick around with all that motion and noise of preparing your rifle to fire. Two years ago I shot a deer with my S&W .45 Colt, and the sound of cocking the hammer really spooked her. If anyone is concerned about the safety (and I would be with a Model 700), then a Model 70 is the way to go (locks both the trigger and sear).

    Don
     
  11. taliv

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    it was an honest question. i don't hunt, so i don't know what he was thinking.

    but i did say 'walking around'. if i were in a stand, just waiting to ambush a deer, i would of course load the gun, chamber a round, but leave the bolt handle up until i spotted a deer
     
  12. adelbridge

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    I put a Timney Trigger on my Remington AR-10 and it made a world of difference but the gun came with a typical crappy AR trigger. The Xmark pro is a pretty good trigger and I dont think you will notice any accuracy improvements. I would imagine that gun shoots MOA or better so unless you are looking to build a 500 yard + rig it would be worthless.
     
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    Any 'using' rifle needs a good trigger. My definition of good and yours may differ. I think lots of folks are simply accustomed to heavy factory triggers that our litigious society has foisted upon us. For me, a field gun needs a 2-3lb trigger that is smooth and crisp.


    The deer around here can hear pretty good. I wouldn't be walking around the woods with a boltgun that I felt was not relatively safe with its safety on and the chamber loaded.
     
  14. taliv

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    i agree. difference is i don't trust any of them
     
  15. Rolex24

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    I just ordered a $170 Geissele to put in my $570 S&W 15-22. Most folks would scoff at that but to me the shooter/trigger interface is the most rewarding part of shooting firearms. Nothing takes the fun out of shooting (let alone compromises my accuracy potential) more that an substandard trigger. I found the X mark pro in a 700 5R I bought to be barely serviceable, could barely break 1.25" groups with it, installed a Rifle Basix and shoot 3/4" and under regularly. I just bought a new old stock Rem BDL 30-06, manufactured in 1985. Trigger is incredible, right out of the box, I couldn't be happier. But if it was crap I'd either have it worked over or replace it.
     
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