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Unread 05-07-2008, 09:48 PM
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Trigger advice

For someone who is new to the long range game, would it be a beneficial move to have a better trigger installed in my 338 Sendero, or just have the factory trigger lightened up? I was thinking along the lines of a rifle basix on the low end or a Jewell for high end. The gun will be accurized by Hart if that helps. I am not looking to skip the learning curve, but help make it easier, if a better, more consistent trigger will do it.

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Unread 05-07-2008, 11:13 PM
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Just get a jewell and be done with it. There really is no comparison.
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Unread 05-09-2008, 03:53 PM
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Rifle Basix triggers are a great trigger for half the cost of a Jewel. I reccomend them to all my customers who are looking to do exactly what you are doing, upgrade from the factory. The factory triggers are sometimes OK but about 3 lbs is as low as you can take them safely, and they're usually not all that repeatable. Either trigger you decide on is a step up and you won't regret upgrading.

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Unread 05-09-2008, 04:33 PM
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Go with Jewel. They are awesome triggers and once you use one, you will always want one on your rifle.

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Unread 05-09-2008, 06:28 PM
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A thoughts on triggers and I will try to be more tactful and supply a few more words on why I say what I say than what I did on the weather meter thread.

Triggers cost money and so do good optics. Spend money on optics. They will cost you about $4,000.00. The smoke screen class at the Ft Benning Infantry School makes it clear that you canít kill what you canít see.

If you are not going to have a new barrel put on with a precision cut chamber, there is not a need to put money on a new trigger that is useless. Just have him rework the trigger. That is what I did with my Rem 700. I took it to Eddie Harren and had him adjust it to 2 pounds and it feels really good to me and with the factory barrel still on the rifle I do not notice any problems relative to the trigger. The factory barrel need to be taken off though.

If you are one of those people that can feel a fish tap your jig with a 100 yards of line out then you have fingers sensitive enough to need a really good trigger. If you are like me and would not notice that a possum had latched onto your trigger finger until you reach into your pocket to get your keys and find a possum hanging on your finger, then you have no need for a fancy trigger. A worked factory or Timmney will do you just fine.

Finally, if this is to be a hunting rifle you need to think about what you are going to do. Even with a 2 # trigger I do not let my son load a round until an animal is seen and I donít either. So if someone else is going to use this rifle then you need to consider that fact. There are a few people who are actually good enough to hunt with a round in the chamber with a 4 oz trigger and I will bet that they are so good that they donít.

If money is not a consideration then by all means get your self a fancy trigger.
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Unread 05-11-2008, 06:36 PM
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I've gone both ways with Rem 700s. I put a Timney on my 270WSM and I really like it.
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