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REM 700 Factory Trigger

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Unread 02-24-2005, 12:01 AM
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REM 700 Factory Trigger

I was wondering if anyone can tell me if you can get a REM 700 trigger down to the 2lbs range. I have played around with one of mine and anything under 3lbs if you open the bolt quickly it will fire. If you can adjust it down to 2 lbs is there a trick to it? I did take it to a smith but I do not think he had a lot of experiance with REM triggers because he could not get either of the two rifles I brought to him below 3lbs. I could go with after market triggers but that will not be cheap for the 5 Rifles I have. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]
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Unread 02-24-2005, 12:45 AM
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Re: REM 700 Factory Trigger

Just type in adjusting the remington 700 trigger in your address bar there are several articles with good instructions.
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Unread 02-24-2005, 09:43 AM
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Re: REM 700 Factory Trigger

Every Remington trigger on the planet has it's own personality. Some go down to 1 pound while others won't go down less than 3 pounds. You may have the unlucky one, but out of all your guns, there should be a couple that will go down to where you want them.

After market triggers will get expensive if you're buying for several rifles all at once. Most gunsmiths can put different springs in the factory housing to get them nice, and it's relatively cheap to do that.

If you do go after-market, the Rifle Basix triggers are great and half the price of a Jewell for 90% the quality!

It sounds like your gunsmith needs a refresher course in triggers!!
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Unread 02-24-2005, 10:52 AM
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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
over travel...
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.
Check by:
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.
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Unread 02-24-2005, 11:20 AM
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Re: REM 700 Factory Trigger

GG the smith I took my rifle to is not the normal Smith that builds my rifles. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] He is local guy and a friend of my dads so I figured I would give him a try. He did not charge me so I give him credit for that. I was looking at those Rifle basic triggers as well my dad has one and they are very nice triggers but at 90 bucks a pop for 5 rifles kinda spendy. I am trying to get all my rifles the same. I want them to have the same scope the same stock and the same trigger pull. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] Call me boring I guess. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] Freebore thank you for the instructions. Sniper2 I did find some directions just on the net just like Freebores. So thank you. This is why I love this site you ask a question and people on here answer it and very quickly I might add. Thanks again guys!!! I will let you know how it works out.
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Unread 02-24-2005, 05:30 PM
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Re: REM 700 Factory Trigger

Good instructions by freebore, but I'll add to them a bit- a holland spring kit from brownells helps on those stubborn ones that refuse to go light without slam firing. There are a few other tricks too but those are best left to an experienced smith.
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Unread 02-24-2005, 06:15 PM
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Re: REM 700 Factory Trigger

This illustration may help. http://www.snipercountry.com/Article...onTriggers.asp

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