Re: Playing with triggers
I have never used any of the aftermarket triggers available. That being said, what I have gathered from extensive reading is that, for the money, the Rifle Basix are the best out there. I am considering buying one for a Rem 700 now. If I get one I may try and do some quantitative analysis and report on it, but it could be a little while.
Aftermarket triggers addressed, like you suggested, I don’t think you have anything to lose from trying to adjust your factory trigger. The instructions are pretty well publicized, a Google search of “adjusting remington 700 trigger” gives you some decent examples, although I bet you knew that. Between online reading and a book on gunsmithing I have, I adjusted my first Rem 700 trigger in about 45 minutes. After the initial learning curve, I could do it in about 1/3 of that. I only played with the trigger weight screw, it seems that the trigger is adjustable and tunable in a lot of other ways (sear adjustment, stoning/polishing contact surfaces, spring replacement), but this was all my comfort level and time available has allowed for. I feel my triggers are much better than they came, but with room definitely left for improvement, hence the Rifle Basix consideration.
One mans opinions, good luck.
Empirical results rule!