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Old 07-04-2011, 11:25 PM
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Hunting rifle trigger pull weight.

Hey everyone,

I am about ready to order my Weatherby Vanguard 300 Weatherby Magnum. I am looking at getting an aftermarket trigger for it. My question is, what weight of trigger pull will give me accuracy without having the gun go off when I don't intend. Or just tell me where your trigger is set to and why. I am thinking of going with a Timney Trigger between 2-4 pounds. I was maybe thinking like 2.5 pounds.
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Old 07-05-2011, 12:16 AM
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Re: Hunting rifle trigger pull weight.

Most of my triggers run between 2.5 and 3.25 pounds. I've shot some lighter triggers from target guns that I absolutely loved but my 2.5 pound trigger has surprised me more than once when the weather gets real cold. I set my big game triggers at 3 pounds because they are plenty light enough to not cause me to yank on them, but they are heavy enough I still feel them a little bit with cold fingers. It's just what I've found works best for me.
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Old 07-05-2011, 02:53 AM
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Re: Hunting rifle trigger pull weight.

My trigger is set at 2 pounds and it works for me each person is different. You should be surprised when the gun fires prevents flinching. My favorite trigger is a jewell and any after market trigger should be safe as long as nothing touches the trigger.
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Old 07-05-2011, 08:22 AM
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Re: Hunting rifle trigger pull weight.

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Hey everyone,

I am about ready to order my Weatherby Vanguard 300 Weatherby Magnum. I am looking at getting an aftermarket trigger for it. My question is, what weight of trigger pull will give me accuracy without having the gun go off when I don't intend. Or just tell me where your trigger is set to and why. I am thinking of going with a Timney Trigger between 2-4 pounds. I was maybe thinking like 2.5 pounds.

I set all of my triggers at 2.2 pounds. they are light but not to light.

I have tried other weights including very light and found them to be dangerous so I settled for
2.2 and it seams just right for me.

Be sure and weigh all custom triggers because they can fool you. I use Jewell and Timney a lot
and they feel different set at the same weight. (They allways feel lightest than the factory triggers.

2,5 to 3 pounds is a good place to start with a hunting rifle and you can tweak it one way or the
other to suit yourself.

I do not recomend any thing less than 2 pounds for hunting rifles. Some people can get buy with
less weight but the first time a round goes off before you are realy on, you will add a little weight
to your trigger.

Bench guns can be set much lighter because they are in position (Pointing down range) before
a round is inserted. so if it goes of before you are ready or intend it to, it is just embarrassing.

Note : Be sure you know which screw to adjust before touching the trigger and DO NOT adjust the
sear unless you are an expert. (This leads to most of the accidental discharges).

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Old 07-05-2011, 08:47 AM
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Re: Hunting rifle trigger pull weight.

I have my rifles set at 2.75 to 3.5. I hunt a lot in freezing temperatures, high altitudes, and a chance I could winded.
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Old 07-05-2011, 10:14 AM
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Re: Hunting rifle trigger pull weight.

Mine are set at 2.5. Hope it helps.
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Old 07-14-2011, 07:39 AM
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Re: Hunting rifle trigger pull weight.

The Vanguard has a pretty good trigger that is easily adjustable. Per a suggestion I received on this forum, I adjusted mine down per the instructions, before buying a Timney, and it's pretty good now. I have not measured the pull weight yet but it is plenty light enough for me for hunting. So, I've personally backed off from adding the Timney, at least for now.
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