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Savage MK II and a Rifle Basix trigger job

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

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  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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