Jewell triggers... what do I really get for the $200??

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by GABR13L, Mar 23, 2008.

  1. GABR13L

    GABR13L Active Member

    Mar 8, 2008
    Can you guys help me understand why Jewell triggers are worth paying $200+ for? What can I expect out of them that make them "better" than, say, a tuned factory trigger on a Sendero? I just don't get why spending this kind of money on an after market trigger is such a popular thing... what am I missing by not having one?
  2. wildcat

    wildcat Well-Known Member

    Jul 16, 2005
    Once you use one, you will understand. They are awesome triggers and worth every penny IMO. They will improve your accuracy because of the crisp trigger pull. My Jewel triggers are set at 2oz, and I love them. Once you use a Jewel Trigger, you will never want to use any other trigger again.


  3. Mikecr

    Mikecr Well-Known Member

    Aug 10, 2003
    I agree that Jewells are very nice and worth the money. They are also very reliable and safe at incredibly low settings(something rare in factory).

    My favorite trigger(better than Jewell IMO) is the Anschutz 5018 two stage(~$350).
    And I hear Grunigs are even better still(but run ~$485)

    It's like really good glass. Once you've had it, there is no going backwards.
  4. HoytemanPA

    HoytemanPA Well-Known Member

    Dec 16, 2001
    My attempt at describing a Jewell....

    With a factory trigger you get a serious yank going on, and then all the sudden a bang. Or yank followed by drag, followed by bang.

    With a lightened/adjusted but not polished trigger you get less pull and sometimes some funky vibrations coming back during the travel before the bang.

    With a tuned/polished factory trigger you usually get a lighter pull, then some small amount of travel felt at a constant pull, although smooth, and then a bang.

    With the Jewell you locate the trigger with your fingertip, slowly increase the compression of the meat of your finger, and a bang.

    I tried my first Jewell trigger 3 years ago. I have bought three since.

    Word of caution: If you start shooting Jewells and then go back to a factory trigger. You end up running out of breath once or twice trying to shoot it, and may even check the safety once or twice before you actually get the first round sent.
  5. rem300ultra

    rem300ultra Well-Known Member

    Jan 7, 2008
    Jewell Triggers

    I agree with all of the above post although I have never used a Anschutz 5018 or a Grunigs. About eight years ago I had a problem with my factory trigger. I had known about Jewell Triggers, but had never shot with one. I had my factory trigger replaced with a Jewell and I have never looked back. Every gun in my gun safe now has a Jewell installed. Just my opinion.
  6. tjonh2001

    tjonh2001 Well-Known Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    i have jewell, shilen and timney they all are nice but for an additional 100 there is no comparision. i have my jewell triggers set on 1lb for my hunting rifle, my match guns are set to 2 oz. they take some getting used to at 2 oz but when you get used to it they are sweet. thats my opinion. besides that try one if you dont like it sell it you will only loose 20 dallors or so. what else n this sport only costs you htis much to try.
  7. fenceline

    fenceline Member

    Feb 28, 2005
    the only trigger

    You will under stand once you try a Jewel the only proplem is it will cost you a lot of well spent money putting Jewels on your other rifles. And you will like it. Will make abetter shooter out of you.
  8. Cheyenne19

    Cheyenne19 Well-Known Member

    Feb 9, 2007
    All I can add is there's a reason it's called a 'jewel'
    They're very smooth and consistant.
  9. GSoD

    GSoD Well-Known Member

    Nov 22, 2007
    Just bought my first and love it. I like that it is totally adjustable and no matter where you set it to you can get that crisp break and no travel. Unless you want lots of travel because you can adjust that in too. Well worth the money I believe.
  10. linksmechanic

    linksmechanic Well-Known Member

    Jan 16, 2007
    factory triggers are like your old lady wearing a pair of old long john's and a jewell is like a silk g string. Which one do you prefer?
  11. para82nd

    para82nd New Member

    Feb 28, 2012
    A gunsmith installed this trigger in my 6.5-.284 about 1 year ago. Worked fine until one day the safety stopped in the middle flip to fire and gun goes off. Cleaned with lighter fluid and compressed air. Got safety to with but flipping to fire and pin would fall. Adjusted with tension on all screws same thing. Called Jewell and they said send it back. 15.00 spent. Three weeks later still no word from Jewell. Called and the guy said its here...looks like he is done with it. That will be 25.00 for shipping and the work. Gave them my credit card #. I was mad that it was their defect and I had to pay. Five days later got trigger back with a receipt and they had charged me $40.00. Save yourself time and money and get a better trigger from Basix.
  12. Coyboy

    Coyboy Well-Known Member

    Jan 30, 2005
    I would prefer the long johns on the OLD lady.

    G-string on a young lady:)
  13. rscott5028

    rscott5028 Well-Known Member

    Apr 18, 2010
    You seem to be focused on the price tag.

    In that context, a $200 trigger on a $500 rifle doesn't make sense.

    Once you've used one, you will likely admit that they are better, smoother, crisper, easier to adjust, and more consistent.

    Perhaps not enough in your situation to justify the extra price given that a tuned factory trigger, Timney, etc can be pretty nice.

    However, on a fine custom setup the price tag becomes inconsequential. So, you might as well go with the best and not look back.

    -- richard
  14. 270 lefty

    270 lefty Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2009

    wow you nailed the experience I had perfect. I set my factory rem to 2.5 lbs was quite happy with it, then had a custom built with a jewell. Now I go back to my factory rifle with the trigger job I always run out of breath and the creep feels like im pulling an anvil across a metal table waiting for it to fall, compared to the jewell.( slight exageration but you get the point) needless to say my other guns are getting jewell's when I can afford them.