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Old 01-27-2011, 06:10 PM
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Tunney or Jewell

For a trigger which one would go through hell and still function. The weather up here in AK can get cold and wet so what one for a rifle that will never fail. I don't want a issue with it not working when you need it to.
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Old 01-27-2011, 08:14 PM
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Re: Tunney or Jewell

I've used both and prefer the Jewell. Currently, I have 7 rifles with these triggers and have never had a problem with any kind of weather or abuse issues. In my experience they're the best trigger system available for big game, varmit or the bench.
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:08 PM
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Re: Tunney or Jewell

+1 on the Jewell
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:38 PM
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Re: Tunney or Jewell

I have Jewells and others. The problems I dont think are as much brand related as the range of pull weight. I think all of the 8 oz trigger and lower are subject to be a bit finiky once in a while. They also need flushed with lghter fluid occassionally. I have had two fail and it is scary stuff. They would both fire on bolt lift. One was a new 1 day old jewell. I was shooting a group and could feel something was wrong as it was not going off and I had pulled hard enough. I was prone so I rolled up on one elbow and went to lift the bolt so the rifle would be in a safe position. Imagine a 338 Rum wth a 300 smk firing when all you had ahold of was the bolt handle. Glad it was pointed in a safe direction. So in reguards to your post, I would go for a trigger that had an adjustment range from 1 1/2 to 3 Lbs or more. I feel those type triggers are of a more stable mechanical nature by design and will serve you better in cold or dusty conditions.

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Old 01-27-2011, 10:33 PM
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Re: Tunney or Jewell

Here on Kodiak I need to know the trigger will work every time for I can't take a chance with the bears we have. Kirby is building my rifle and said a Jewell is on the order but I have heard some issues with them and dust so before I change my mind on him I want to here what you all think.
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Old 01-27-2011, 11:15 PM
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Re: Tunney or Jewell

Dirt and dust can be a problem for any trigger or other rifle component for that matter. Best policy? Keep yer crap clean. I hunt moose, sheep, bears, deer, elk, goats, caribou etc.....from Mexico to Alaska (including Kodiak Island) with two different rifles. Both have Jewell triggers set to 7oz. Have not had any trouble yet. That said, if set improperly, they can fire at odd times. Then again, brakes on vehicles that are not set properly can cause accidents as well. Bottom line? Set them right and keep them clean.

Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (where the shot goes, how big the group is, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.
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Old 01-28-2011, 02:37 AM
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Re: Tunney or Jewell

I've had no problems with Jewell, Timney, or Shilen. Keeping the trigger clean
should be your main priority, whether it be a custom or factory trigger.

Keep the action clean too, especially on pump and lever action, and automatics
in states that allow them. A friends rifle was fine when we sighted it in before
season on a warm day, well, on a cold day 2 weeks later his gun wouln't fire
because we didn't clean the bolt internally on a S&W 1500. Another lesson learned the
hard way.

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