Re: REM 700 Factory Trigger
Here is what I got to adjust the Rem trigger and remember that each trigger is different, and resetting is at your OWN risk!
The Remington triggers are very good, except they come with a built in
lawyer, and he weighs about 9 or 10 pounds.
You will need a bit of good quality gun oil (CLP or equivalent), and a set
of small screwdrivers, and some white or red nail polish.
Remove the barreled action from the stock.
Looking at the gun and trigger so the safety is up, and the barrel is
pointing to your right... the front of the trigger is to your right...
The three screws are as follows...
On your right, (the front of the trigger) the top screw, near the action, is
The bottom screw is spring tension...
On your left side, (the back of the trigger) is the engagement screw.
First, break the white "Seals of God" and screw the three screws out enough
so that you see several threads.
They may be hard at first, but they are NOT staked in place. The screws and
trigger body are carbon steel, and may be rusted, or they may have a sealant on
them. Just break them free. Drop a teeny bit of oil on the threads. Run the
screws in and out several times until the oil is in the threads, and they turn
OK, now down to business.
Back out the spring tension screw out until there is just enough pressure to
keep the trigger forward, but it's very light (4 or 5 oz's) and easy to move.
Back out the engagement screw, (the single screw on the left) and the
over-travel screw (the upper screw on your right) out, so there's play to
Close the bolt on a cocked pin (don't pull the trigger) and VERY SLOWLY turn
the engagement screw (on your left) in until the firing pin drops. Back it out
about 1/3 to 1/2 of a turn. With the firing pin down, you should now feel the
trigger wobble back and forth if you pull it because there is excessive over
Because the back surface of the trigger is NOT undercut, you have to adjust
over-travel with the pin "down".
Now, with the firing pin in the "fired" position, screw in the over-travel
screw until it "just touches" the trigger lightly, preventing the trigger from
moving... back out the over travel screw 1/4 turn. Pulling the trigger now,
(with the pin "down") you should feel just the "slightest" free movement.
Now turn in the spring tension screw (lower right) to a pull that you
like... I'd strongly suggest a good trigger pull gauge, instead of guessing.
Cock the pin and try it... it should break like glass.
Slam the bolt closed a dozen times, check to see if the pin dropped each
time. If the pin drops, back out the engagement screw 1/4 turn, and do again.
Cock the pin, set the safety, pull the trigger, release the trigger, and
release the safety, a dozen times... if the pin drops, increase the spring
tension (shouldn't be necessary, unless you're down around 10-15 oz's, and this
trigger is not reliable at that light a pull.
Put white or red nail polish on the screws. Let dry, and put another coat
on it again, and again.
There will be no "take up slack", this is a single stage trigger, and can't be adjusted to act like a two stage.
These triggers are easily capable of going to 24-26 oz's, and they keep the setting year after year.