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Rem 700 trigger

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by gamestalker, Feb 17, 2013.

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  1. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    Sep 10, 2008
    SW Arizona
    A buddy who bought a Rem 700 BDL new 3 yrs. ago that is chambered in .270 win. had me adjust the trigger on it several nights ago. Before I started I weighed it and it was about 5-1/2 lbs., 85 oz. actually. So bad that when I attempted to pull the trigger I actually thought I had mistakenly left the safety on, seriously. Expecting the usual severe limitations of those factory triggers, I proceeded and was blown away when I started adjusting. Once I started working on the screws, I began to realize that this trigger is capable of going about as far as desired. What we ended up with, because he hunts with it, is a consistent 34 oz.. that breaks like glass! I had it clear down to 20 oz. just to see what it was capable of and it would have certainly gone a bit more.

    Now my question, did Remington build any of those BDL's with upgraded trigger systems? I have some Jewel's and a Timmy's that can do what this one will, but never seen a factory Rem that can get so nice.

  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Sep 17, 2007
    Eastern KS

    When Mike Walker designed that adjustable trigger, he owned several Bench Rest records.
    So he knew what he wanted and made it so.

    The thing is though, thats the same trigger that got all the news coverage about a year ago when they are improperly adjusted and go off accidentally when you open or close the bolt or take the safety off.

    I had such an occurrence with a .222 722 when I was 19 years old.

    I shot a hole in the old mans back porch roof one below zero day when I came in out of the wind with it from coyote hunting and took the safety off to open the bolt and unload it.
    No, before you ask, I did not have my fingers anywhere near the trigger guard, unless you count the safety & bolt handle.

    Do all the safety testing by banging the bolt shut, and bumping the butt on the floor, and playing with the safety in every imaginable combination of bolt manipulation.
    Then do it all again & again until you get tired to make sure it is safe that light.

    Here is a good read on the trigger design.

  3. Sun Tzu warrior

    Sun Tzu warrior Member

    Jun 24, 2012
    Quote "A buddy who bought a Rem 700 BDL new 3 yrs. ago" if this rifle was not "old new stock" then it would be made after October 2006. If it has a smooth trigger without ridges, then it is a X-Mark Pro, a solid trigger with no connector. (the culprit in most remington 700 ADD's) The precautions that RC stated are still nessessary, (with any firearm in which the trigger has been altered) He very wisely advised... + there are literally thousands of these rifles built before Oct 2006, still in use. I have had it happen to me many years ago. The rifle had the bolt block in tact, when I flipped the safety off to release the bolt the gun discharged. Thankfully pointed in a safe direction! Thought I was loosing my mind, I was sure my finger was no where near the trigger. A trip to a knowledgable gunsmith solved the problem... with the gun and my mind.
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