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Old 06-19-2006, 08:36 AM
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...for a hunting rifle?

I have an A-bolt-II Medallion .270win. The trigger pull was pretty nice to begin with, but I bought the Timney Trigger Spring kit just to see how much it would lighten the pull. Can't beat a $20 trigger job I also used the springs as an excuse to buy a Lyman Digital Trigger Pull Gauge. Well my original trigger pull, adjusted to least amount of weight, was a hair over 3 lbs, I then put the new lighter trigger spring in and it came to be about 1.5 lbs.

So is this too light for a hunting rifle? I think back to my friend's ND with a .243win. He was out coyote hunting, with some of his buddies, from a pickup, saw a coyote in a field. So he got his .243 and was aiming out the window. The coyote then took off, so he put his rifle in between his seat and the mid console (pointing downward of course) then took off after the coyote across the field. He hit a large bump and the cab of the pickup filled with smoke and they couldn't hear anything for about 30-min. He ended up putting a hole in his engine block, not a large one but enough to cause him some problems. He might have just cracked it or something. But any case, he said he had a hair trigger on the rifle and that's why it went off, no counting the fact that the safety was off and had a round in the chamber, as he was driving through a field. His excuse is, he was young and stupid back then, and I believe it.

So I don't plan on driving through any fields with a rifle with a chambered round and no safety on, but again, every hunt I forsee is perfect and it doesn't matter what the trigger pull would be. Also, you aren't ever supposed to 100% trust a manual safety.

So basically is my trigger pull too light for hunting?
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Old 06-19-2006, 09:21 AM
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Niner, my hunting rifles have their trigger pull set at 3.5 pounds. My Big Bore rifles have their trigger pull set at 4.5 pounds. My varmint rifles have their trigger pull set at 2 pounds.

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Old 06-19-2006, 09:54 AM
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...for a hunting rifle?

I have an A-bolt-II Medallion .270win. The trigger pull was pretty nice to begin with, but I bought the Timney Trigger Spring kit just to see how much it would lighten the pull. Can't beat a $20 trigger job I also used the springs as an excuse to buy a Lyman Digital Trigger Pull Gauge. Well my original trigger pull, adjusted to least amount of weight, was a hair over 3 lbs, I then put the new lighter trigger spring in and it came to be about 1.5 lbs.

So is this too light for a hunting rifle? I think back to my friend's ND with a .243win. He was out coyote hunting, with some of his buddies, from a pickup, saw a coyote in a field. So he got his .243 and was aiming out the window. The coyote then took off, so he put his rifle in between his seat and the mid console (pointing downward of course) then took off after the coyote across the field. He hit a large bump and the cab of the pickup filled with smoke and they couldn't hear anything for about 30-min. He ended up putting a hole in his engine block, not a large one but enough to cause him some problems. He might have just cracked it or something. But any case, he said he had a hair trigger on the rifle and that's why it went off, no counting the fact that the safety was off and had a round in the chamber, as he was driving through a field. His excuse is, he was young and stupid back then, and I believe it.

So I don't plan on driving through any fields with a rifle with a chambered round and no safety on, but again, every hunt I forsee is perfect and it doesn't matter what the trigger pull would be. Also, you aren't ever supposed to 100% trust a manual safety.

So basically is my trigger pull too light for hunting?
Cozy pretty wells sums up trigger pulls. Anything much lighter than this can equal up to accidental discharges. My suggestion for lighter trigger pulls is to install a good single set trigger such as the Canjur or look to the new savage with the accu-trigger.

Safety is always the overridding issue here and a clean crisp trigger with no overtravel breaking at 3.5 pounds is extremly pleasent to shoot.
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Old 06-19-2006, 11:08 AM
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Seems the 3# minimum on hunting firearms is pretty much the accepted norm. Benchrest target shooting is another matter, and some of these are adjusted down into the lower ounce range.

Mainly, you want a crisp trigger break (breaking glass is an old measurement standard) with no creep or backlash, no matter the weight of the pull.
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Old 06-19-2006, 11:53 AM
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Depends how cold your fingers get. You definitely will have less dexterity at low temperatures. I run all of mine around 3 lbs, when it's possible to get that low. With warm-weather hunting here, it's definitely not a problem at 3 lbs.

Had a friend who shot a hole in his toyota. He grabbed the rifle as the front end went into a ditch, and finger caught the trigger. Casualties were the floormat, brake line, and a Michelin tire on the right front wheel. Ballistic Tip came apart going through the tire and didn't damage the wheel, amazingly enough.
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Old 06-19-2006, 01:33 PM
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I like mine about 2.5 to 3 pounds, the big thing is to make sure its safe. If it were me, I would probably put the old springs back in and leave it be, but whatever floats your boat
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Another consideration is whether you will wear gloves and how thick they are. Anything i'll wear gloves with (and i wear Nomex gloves normally, so pretty thin) is set between 3.0 and 3.5, generally closer to 3.5. Bare hands rifles will generally be between 2.0 and 3.0.
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The rifle you mentioned should be at least 2.5-3.5 lbs. I use a 12 oz. trigger on my varmint rifle, and a 1lb. trigger on my .22's. Any big game rifles should be set heavier for the reasons others have mentioned. Gloves, cold fingers... etc.
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A good clean trigger in the 3.5 - 4 lb on a big game rifle is very pleasant.. figure cold weather, gloves ect...

on a west varmint rifle (not shooting for a truck!!) I've hear down to oz es.. these are carried to a shooting position unload and only loaded when pointed "down range).. for a warm weather, runnin gunning cayote rifle I could see 2-3 lbs, but SAFE!!!

I have a Mod 70 that I set down to 2.5 lbs... feels great. BUT this is a .375 dangerous game rifle... so, this will be set back up in the 4 lb range. It is still no take up, little over travel and that's what makes um "feel good" to me..

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I think your first cosideration has to be safety. Don't get that trigger pull down to a point of it being dangerous in terms of accidental discharge. Having said that I guess your main concern is how the rifle is to be used. Several of mine are bench rifles so I want a very light trigger pull, often under 1 lb. For my hunting rifles 3 lbs. has always seemed about right to me. Just one mans opinion. Best wishes.

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Old 06-19-2006, 07:28 PM
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yeah I figured it was a bit light for hunting, but I will probably keep the current spring (1#) for range use, and either tighten the adjustment or just change the spring for hunting. I just thought I would get some other opinions. Thanks all.
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