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Old 03-30-2009, 11:46 AM
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I recently purchased a Browning a-bolt stalker in 270 wsm. I read in the owners manual that the trigger is adjustable. It tells me to turn the adjustment screw in to lighten the trigger pull. I would like to lighten the pull by a pound or so. Has anyone out there adjusted their a-bolt trigger and if so, how far do i need to turn it to only drop the weight one pound?
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Old 03-31-2009, 04:29 AM
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Congrats on your new A-Bolt purchase! I also own a Browning A-bolt "Hunter" in .308, but I never attempted to adjust the trigger pull. If I were to change the pull I'd first buy a trigger gauge pull to get an accurate reading. One would not want to adjust the trigger too light as it might fire during cycling or chambering a cartridge.
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Old 03-31-2009, 09:22 PM
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I too recommend a trigger-pull gauge, it makes things a lot more accurate....for a hunting rifle I would say to stay above about 2 lbs pull...I like a 1 3/4 lb trigger, but for somebody just starting to use a light trigger, you need to try that and see how it works for you.....
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Old 04-01-2009, 06:14 AM
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ive done a few trigger jobs. twice on my rem, and a few other(dont know anything about a browning). but from my experience, and talking to real gunsmiths(i do it on my kitchen table for myself), theres no set amount of rotation on those screws. theyre not as exact as you would think they are. so like the other guys said, get you a trigger pull gauge, brownells sells them and so does midwayusa.com. check the pull weight before, check it after each turn(no matter how small) and check it a few times afterwards. then go through all the tests, drop on the butt with good force, slam the bolt closed, put it on safe and pull the trigger, then check the pull weight again. and i dont think i need to tell you to ensure the chamber is clear the entire time, but im going to any way. MAKE SURE THE CHAMBER IS CLEAR!!! i have heard many stories about "competent" garage tinkerers with holes in their garage roof. funny, but true. and after tall that, take some red nail polish and put a dab on the screw head to lock it down.
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Old 04-01-2009, 08:43 AM
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If a person is looking for a specific pull weight, I also recommend a scale.

Aside from that, I'm very curious: Why is a certain mark on a scale the magic trick? In my head, I keep thinking that adjusting the screw and testing the feel with one's finger is the best way to go. Again, just curious.
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Old 04-01-2009, 09:05 AM
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the mark on the scale, or the digital readout, will not lie to you. your finger might. and if you dont go through the tests, you might be out hunting one day, take a shot and go to rechamber and as youre slamming the bolt home BAM. you just shot your buddy you didnt know you were pointing your rifle at in the confusion. so like i said above, do the tests, and use the trigger pull gauge more than you think is neccesary. if you think youre good, do it again. its better to be safe than sorry, and for 40 or 50 bucks, i think its well worth it. or have a gunsmith do it.
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Old 04-01-2009, 10:44 AM
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the trigger-pull gauge will give you a VISUAL as well as a tactile "feel" of the trigger.... it is very useful when testing to see what amount of trigger-pull you work the best with .....that way, you can set it light, write down the amount, go up or down with the pull, and then go BACK to what seems to work the best, and GET it back to where it was.... it's really the only right way to do it.....there's really no "Magic Trick", just with the guage, you can set it to a pre-determined weight...... it's amazing how far off your mind can think the weight is.......
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Old 04-03-2009, 05:46 AM
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I shoot a Browning A-bolt in 25-06. Did the trigger job years ago. I backed the screw alomost all the way out. I dont have a pull guage, wish I did, but I think if I blew on teh trigger very hard it probably fire.LOL Its pretty light. Never fire accidently though, and I hunt with it pretty hard.
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you got lucky then. ive heard stories about people simply closing their bolt to chamber a round and it fired as soon as the action was closed. ive heard of, and experienced on my .223, the rifle firing when taken off safe. it scared the bejesus out of me, and made me check my trigger again. the nail polish i used had flaked off because i had put too much on and the screw backed all the way out after adjusting.

by the way, its a rem700 .223 with the new x-markpro trigger.
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Old 04-05-2009, 04:51 PM
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Rubberduck, you can take some of the guess work out of it and get a pair of Timney trigger springs for it from MidwayUSA. Kit comes with a 2lb and a 3lb spring. Very easy to swap out. They have unfortunately doubled in price since I bought mine and they want $29 for two tiny springs? I don't get it??? In any case- it is still a cheap trigger job and one you will be very happy with.
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