Vanguard trigger is a joke.

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  1. Captcurt

    Captcurt Member

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    I don't know if it is Weatherby's or Howa's design but the trigger on my new 223 Vanguard Predator sucks stump water. The manual say's it will adjust down to 3 1/4lbs but mine is 4lbs at the lowest. Sorry guys, but that won't cut it in my safe. I had a Vanguard 2 that was a laser in 223 and like a dummy I sold. The whole idea of buying this thing was for popping armadillos and maybe some prairie dogs. I'll ring it out and see if it has any potential. If it shoots decent I'll spring for a Timney. If not it will go to the next show. Either way Weatherby is getting a nasty email.
     
  2. Steve S.

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    I would give them a chance to make things right, then trash them if they fail. Weatherby remains a pretty classy outfit, my gut tells me that they will correct the problem. Try a business/ professional type e-mail first (honey vs vinegar thing), I think that they will fix your trigger at no cost to you.
     
  3. jmorris

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    I have an older sub-moa vanguard that has always lived up to its name with decent ammo. I too didn’t like the trigger but was able to adjust the trigger to my liking for a hunting rifle, with only adjustments (no alteration of the parts) and stole some finger nail polish from the wife to keep the settings from moving.
     
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  4. army_eod

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    I have three new Vanguards. All are tack drivers with the two-stage triggers.
     
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  5. Barnfixer

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    I just put a Timney in my sons Vanguard. It made a nice rifle a little nicer.
     
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    You must be of an older generation. The younger generations seem to think you have to use blue loctite to get anything to stay put. :evil::D
     
  7. Dustbowl

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    Gosh I guess I’m old school, fingernail polish is my go to for threads.
     
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  8. jmorris

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    I’m no spring chicken and I have had to TIG weld to more than my fair share of tiny setscrews that people have used locktite on.
     
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    So....this is a 1st Gen Vanguard the OP is talking about? If so, I wouldnt bother with the strongly worded letter, they are well aware of the issue with those- hence the mods to the V2.

    My 1st gen smoothed out a great deal with a good cleaning, polishing, and lubrication job, but YMMV. It is a very accurate rifle, and well worth getting the Timney if you still dont like the trigger.
     
  10. Captcurt

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    This a camo'd predator with a medium heavy barrel. I'm not through with the trigger. It breaks clean with no creep but it was set on 5 lbs and so far 4 lbs is as low as it will go. I will either cure it or kill it.
     
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  11. GooseGestapo

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    My circa 2002 Vanguard had a 9lb or so trigger. It adjusts down to 7or so.
    I replaced it with a Timney. It goes down to 5 or so... Very disappointed in the $100 I paid for it.

    It was a pre-moa, But, it “identifies” as a sub-moa. I’ve shot 3-touching at 100yds with Norma 100gr factory loads. 100gr Hornady PtSpt’s over H4350 (63.5gr) or 74.0gr RL25 (3,600fps!) do likewise.
    My only complaints are it’s got a 24”bbl, needs 26”; and, it’s rather heavy at 10lbs. But, that helps accuracy.
     
  12. army_eod

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    The current Vanguards are a quantum leap ahead of those old ones.
     
  13. army_eod

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    Just get a new Vanguard. Or maybe a Tikka. Be happy.
     
  14. Captcurt

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    It is a new one.
     
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