Long Range Hunting Online Magazine

Go Back   Long Range Hunting Online Magazine > Hunting > Long Range Hunting & Shooting

Long Range Hunting & Shooting Nightforce Optics


Best Trigger Choice

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-14-2009, 10:38 PM
Bronze Member
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 58
Best Trigger Choice

Guys I know we have a bunch of trigger choices, from gettin the factory ones worked to aftermarket ones. From all of experiences, what do you all prefer as trigger weights to brand choices. I go for around 2.5 ozs on hunting rifles, i like timney triggers.
Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2009, 11:52 PM
Platinum Member
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 1,009
Re: Best Trigger Choice

2.5 OZ or 2.5LBS?? 2.5 oz seems pretty light for a hunting rifle. And pretty light for a benchrest rifle too...

the brand is not important; whats important is that the trigger breaks clean with no creep, the over travel is no so short as to cause the shooter to pull the shot, and most of all, the user is familiar with it...
Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2009, 09:27 AM
Bronze Member
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 58
Re: Best Trigger Choice

Well, i have been getting mine set to 2.5 for some time, have one that is 2. Really i think it is all what one gets used to, but anyone that shoots my stuff has a problem. But again, from experience, what seems to be the best trigger on market today. I am about to take in a .300 Rum, will have it set to 3 to see if i like any better....
Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2009, 02:48 PM
Platinum Member
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Texas
Posts: 5,381
Re: Best Trigger Choice

Originally Posted by RFears View Post
Guys I know we have a bunch of trigger choices, from gettin the factory ones worked to aftermarket ones. From all of experiences, what do you all prefer as trigger weights to brand choices. I go for around 2.5 ozs on hunting rifles, i like timney triggers.
I am a big fan of the older Remington triggers because they can be tuned to as light as you can
stand (About 1 lb) The Timney is a very good aftermarket trigger and I have heard of no one
that was dissatisfied with them. But if you want the best (For Remington's) there is only one
choice in my opinion and that is the Jewel !

They will adjust it to whatever you want (Within reason) and it is very easy to adjust if it does not suit you. It can be fully adjusted IN THE STOCK with out removing it.

I use a trigger pull gauge on all of my triggers and the jewels always feel lighter than they are.

Warning: once you buy one you will not be happy with other triggers and end up replacing
them with the Jewel. (To bad they don't make one for the Weatherbys). I use the Timney
for those that I cant get a Jewel for.

Canjar used to make one of the best triggers but they are not available now.

Don't take my word for it try one and you won't be sorry.

Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2009, 03:41 PM
Silver Member
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: USA
Posts: 280
Re: Best Trigger Choice

I used (and still have!) a 2oz Shilen on my personal long-range rifle. I knew it like i knew my tooth brush, but it took a bit of dry-firing to get used to it. VERY light and i'd not recommend it for most people or general hunting situations.

For my game hunting rifles, i tuned my own (and the ocassional colleagues) Remington 700 triggers and got good results - from 2lbs to as much as 4lbs.

Canjar used to be the "go-to" trigger (though never heard a complaint about Timney's or Jewells). I don't know if i'd go with a "standard" Shilen, but the 2oz comp trigger was nice - but not for game animal hunting (no safety for example).

I'd echo the advice above w/regards to Jewells "in-stock" adjustment. A very nice feature to say the least.

EDIT: While i still have the 2oz comp trigger, i no longer have a long-range rig to use it with
"I have a very strict gun control policy: if there’s a gun around, I want to be in control of it.”
— Clint Eastwood
Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2009, 05:52 PM
Platinum Member
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Winterville, NC
Posts: 1,487
Re: Best Trigger Choice

The older Remington trigger used to be pretty good but I have no experience with the X-pro. I have across a couple that were made in the 90's and I could not adjust them below 3lbs. That's really not saying a great deal. I tinker, but I am not a gunsmith.
I have bought/installed and like the Timney's, especially for the older Savage 110 actions. I recently bought a Rifle Basix for the 112 BVSS and it easily adjusted to 2.5lbs. It may go lower I just didn't bother to try as it felt good where it was at.
I also recently bought a Shilen for my Rem 700P and even though it's thiner that the original it is a wonderful trigger. I really like it as it came pre-set at 2lbs. Wouldn't take 50 Remington triggers for it.
I have an older Win 70 HVB with a stock trigger and it's as good as the Timney and RB. Closer to the Shilen that the other two. Very sweet, user friendly trigger. JohnnyK.
"The pleasure you get from life is equal to the attitude you put into it."
Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2009, 10:15 PM
Bronze Member
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 75
Re: Best Trigger Choice

For hunting I tend to like the Timney set to around 2.5 lbs. For target, I like the Jewell at about 1.5 lbs. The Jewell has a crisper feel to it, but it is just a little narrow for me when it comes to hunting. I recently have had my smith tune an X-Mark for me and it is surprisingly nice.
Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads for: Best Trigger Choice
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
oops...not 40x trigger, x mark pro trigger big mike 2121 Long Range Hunting & Shooting 4 01-16-2011 09:22 PM
Remington 700 X-Mark trigger safety wanted or Whole trigger RH RIMROX Gun Parts - Stocks, Barrels, Actions, etc. 2 08-01-2010 08:11 AM
.040 music wire for savage pre-accu-trigger trigger zuba Trade, Freebie and Loan 3 05-14-2010 10:39 PM
trigger work vs. new adjustable trigger tscott Long Range Hunting & Shooting 13 05-18-2008 12:24 AM
Marlin 308 mxlr good choice? bad choice troy.teston Equipment Discussions 8 04-16-2008 08:25 PM

Current Poll
In the last 12 months, what was your longest rifle kill on big game?
0 to 200 yards - 25.95%
1,531 Vote
201 to 400 yards - 32.12%
1,895 Vote
401 to 600 yards - 23.09%
1,362 Vote
601 to 800 yards - 10.00%
590 Votes
801 to 1,000 yards - 3.92%
231 Votes
Over 1,000 yards - 4.92%
290 Votes
Total Votes: 5,899
You may not vote on this poll.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:50 AM.

Powered by vBulletin ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Management Powered by vBadvanced CMPS
All content ©2010-2014 Long Range Hunting, LLC