There is only one gun I demand a worked over trigger on and thats a 1911. I consider them target guns for play and a 2.5 to 3 pound pull is part of a great toy. Most Ruger single actions are quite serviceable right out of the box after some dry firing and a good cleaning of all the internal parts. You've got to get rid of the packing grease/oil along with any metal shavings that may be floating around. I'd skip the Flitz myself.
A factory trigger is a great teacher. You are able to master trigger control much better with a gun that has a bit of creep or needs more than a feather light touch on the trigger to drop the hammer. Every great shot I've known could shoot any gun in any condition well. I stood behind Jerry Barnhart and watched him empty the magazine of an out of the box Colt Mustang 380 into a three inch group at 50 feet with no rest. Its the man behind the gun that counts.
Now of course nobody will debate that a GOOD trigger job done by a pro will make a fair gun into a work of art. You don't NEED it, but its certainly nice. After all is said and done, I'd rather have the trigger reworked the right way than do the job halfway myself.
Save your pennies while you shoot the gun, then send your gun to Dave Clements or Hamilton Bowen for the magic touch if you think its worth it. You may think about a Bowen rear sight to help the sight picture before a trigger job. Its a big step toward shrinking your groups.
Yes, it's true that dry firing your revolver, and also adding some pressure to the hammer when doing so will smooth things up a bit. The Flitz will accellerate the process, but I think I would skip it and not also wear all the other parts inside my revolver unnecissarily.
While it's true that the Ruger's do have a fair amount of creep in them, it's amazing what the addition of just a spring kit will do. For that matter, if you're watching the pennies, nearly the same result can be acheived by unhooking one leg of the trigger return spring. Heres the link to that tip:
<a href="http://beartoothbullets.com/tips/archive_tips.php/26" target="_blank"><span style='color:blue'>Quick Fix for Ruger Single Action Trigger Pull</span></a>
This little trick will make a world of difference. If really squeezing my sheckels, I would do the quickie fix in the trigger as listed in the tip, then spend the money otherwise used on a spring kit, and purchase a Belt Mountain Base Pin for the cylinder. It will take up much of the shake rattle and wobble out of your cylinder, and enhance your guns accuracy mechanically.
The Bisley came home yesterday afternoon via that Big , Beautiful, Brown Truck. I love to hear that 6 cyl. diesel coming down the road! Ruger did a fine job of fitting the grips to the frame and the gate detent spring is working the way it should. I'll need to buff out some "smudge" marks they left on the frame but other than that, right as rain. Marshall, I performed your "3 minute" trigger job last night and it does make a difference! The only thing that I'm not sure of is whether it makes a difference which leg of the trigger return spring is removed. It seems I read a post by Terry Murbach on Sixgunner sometime back that it (that is, one spring leg or the other) does make a difference (something about hammer spring wear)??
The Redhawk and the Bisley go toe to toe this weekend to determine who stays and who goes. I'm pulling for the Bisley...feels so darned good in the hand :biggrin: But, what matters is where the boolits consistently hit.
Had a wet and nasty trip with the longbow boys. The only thing killed was time. Thank God for blue tarps and great attitudes. My Bisquero did great considering that it was wet almost all the time and just rode along quietly. My friend Ned, from Fairbanks, had come along also. He had three different encounters with Mr. Grizz thus saving us the trouble. Ned was carrying his old Smith .45 but managed to withdraw all three times with nothing more than giving them the old silent treatment ;*)
I am anxious to hear the results of the big face off.
Instead of any custom work, whether at home or sent away, I'd give 'er a good cleaning, lubing, and lots of dry fire practice. That in conjunction with regular shooting smooths 'em up just fine in most instances.
Ruger should ship their single actions with one leg of the trigger return spring off and call it a factory trigger job. I have done it to my 4 5/8 stainless Blackhawk in 45 colt and it is impressive what this simple mod will do.
That along with a lot of dry firing is truly the poor mans trigger job on these fine sixguns. J Sanders
I haven't taken my Blackhawk apart yet. Can you give a step by step on the dismantle and cleaning of the parts for removing the unwanted trigger grinding stuff that needs to come out to make my trigger better.
I don't dry fire much. I just fire a lot.
Gotta go now and print all this stuff for further study.
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