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Single or double trigger?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Tayne, Sep 17, 2019.

  1. Tayne

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    I'm looking at purchasing a short double-barreled shotgun, in particular the Stoeger Coach Gun (12g, 20"). It's eventually going to be used for cowboy action shooting, but also I've just always wanted one. What is better - a single trigger or two triggers?
     
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  2. danez71

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    I can only tell you what I've read.

    The double trigger is more reliable and the single trigger ones have had instances of firing both barrels with 1 pull.
     
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  3. Tayne

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    Oof. I didn't even think about that possibility.
     
  4. MacAR

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    Double triggers, no question. I only ever owned ONE single trigger sxs, and it was a Stoeger Uplander Supreme 20 gauge. It would double once every 5-6 shots. Guaranteed. Sent it back, supposed to be all good, it would only double once every dozen or so afterwards. Would double EVERY time with 3" shells. I made them buy it back from me. Friend of mine has a two-trigger Uplander, and has used it for several years with no known issues. So knowing that, I'd definitely opt for the double trigger version.

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  5. Chevelle SS

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    Double triggers all the way. I had a Stoeger single trigger that would double fire 80% of the time. I will not buy a double that is a single trigger.
     
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  6. cdb1

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    I wouldn’t mind a single trigger on a Spanish double stack such as an AyA or Grulla and of course a “British Best Gun” either. In fact I’d prefer it. With a shotgun in the price range of a Stoeger I’d only have double triggers though.
     
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  7. Jim Watson

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    Agree. Zero malfunctions with single triggers on medium and high end trap guns, but I would not trust a cheap one. Kind of like Elmer Keith's recommendation to avoid cheap sidelock guns.
    I bought a double trigger gun for CAS after years of shooting a single trigger at Trap doubles. It took me about one match to learn the shift.
     
  8. George P

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    A SxS just doesn't LOOK right with only one trigger; it has to have two - instant choke selection
     
  9. Jeb Stuart

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    After spending quite a bit of time with the Stoeger Outback 20" has increased my desire the to get a one as a side by side. I prefer the single trigger. Especially since the OV can accept different chokes. I only use the gun for deer, turkey and small game. I like the same shot in both barrels, but if I desire can just change chokes and I have 100% reliability. For myself, I find two triggers awkward and slower. Each to his own.
     
  10. J-Bar

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    At a cowboy action match, you will see lots of SKB and Browning BSS single trigger side by sides, especially among the fastest shooters. If a single trigger were not reliable they would not be so well represented. But those are in high demand, are no longer being made, and are expensive. Double trigger guns can run fast also. Reliability comes from the quality of manufacturing more than anything else. We usually get what we pay for.
     
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  11. CraigS

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    Just depends how important reliability is to you. It matters to me, so I don't have any single-trigger doubles. I have a two-trigger Stoeger Coach, and it's been fine. But I'm not comfortable leaving it loaded, and therefore cocked, for home defense. For ultimate reliability and safety, I prefer one of the better hammer coach guns.
     
  12. Tayne

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    Yeah that makes sense. I’m just going to use it for clays in the backyard and CAS so it’s gonna sit empty in the safe. My 18.5” barrel 870 does the home defense work around here.
     
  13. eastbank

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    I have a beretta 409 in 20ga with two triggers and plain extractors and a 20ga browning sporter bss with sst-ejectors and have no problems using either, I can reload the browning a little quicker with the ejectors getting the empties out.
     
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    Sounds like Stoeger has trigger issues with their coach guns.
     
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  15. mcb

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    IIRC for awhile Winchester made an O/U with what was called a double-double triggers, I believe it was a variation of the 101. The front trigger fired the bottom barrel and the back trigger fired the top barrel like a tradition double trigger O/U but you did not have to switch triggers to fire the second barrel. Pull the front trigger and the bottom barrel fired and if you pulled it again the top barrel fired. If you pull the back trigger the top barrel fired and if you pulled it again the bottom barrel fired. You could still switch triggers if you want like traditional double trigger.

    All my O/U's have single triggers and my SxS's have double triggers.
     
  16. Jim Watson

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    Browning made that setup, too, and I think CZ. Not many seen here, they were for the home market.
     
  17. John Joseph

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    In my experience, double triggers = faster follow ups and faster first shot (choke) selection so my preference is for double triggers.
    Regrettably, my current hunting gun is a single because that's all anyone seems to make anymore:fire:
     
  18. Jessesky

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    I do have a box lock from Scotland which has a miller single select trigger in it. I cannot say enough good things about it. As far as quality goes, the trigger is as nice as you can get, but you will pay for it.
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  19. eastbank

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    if you have any trouble with the miller trigger, its hard to find a good trigger gunsmith to work on them.. don,t ask me how I know.
     
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    Single triggers generally reset from recoil. I just see it as another mechanism that can go wrong.
     
  22. Jessesky

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    I know mossbergs over under is ‘double action’ I suppose you could call it. Though I’m not a huge fan of Mossbergs over under
     
  23. jmr40

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    A single trigger works fine in quality shotguns. Not so much in budget guns.
     
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  24. Jessesky

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    For the Record can you PM me the guys contact? Though I’m fearful of his rates considering the trigger install is something like $1500 haha
     
  25. eastbank

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    he has since passed, but I have a friend who has several shotguns with miller triggers, but I don,t know if he has had any work done. he sometimes shoots a double barrel with a miller at trap. I,ll ask him when I see him.
     
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