Odd trigger adjustment on remington 700 sps - x-mark pro

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by marksman1941, May 20, 2013.

  1. marksman1941

    marksman1941 Member

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    Hey all. First off, I'm new here so forgive me if I violate any unspoken rules of the forum.

    I have a Remington 700 sps tactical in 308 that has the x-mark pro trigger in it. Now, supposedly these trigger are adjustable and ought to drop to around 3-3.5 lbs. The trigger I have does not change a bit when you move the adjustment screw in or out. I seriously have the screw sitting on my workbench right now, the gun is back together, and I cannot feel a difference in the pull weight. I don't have a scale, but I'm used to a 2lb trigger on my muzzleloader and this 308 feels like its around 6. With the adjustment screw out, it still cocks and doesn't fail a drop test. I'm not sure if there is anything a guy can do to make this trigger decent.

    At some point I'm going to buy an aftermarket trigger. I've been told that Jewell is the way to go, but I can't fork out $220 for a trigger right now. Is a Timney still a good trigger? I can snag one of those for about $135.
     

  2. westcliffe01

    westcliffe01 Well-Known Member

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    Shilen trigger. Should be close to $100. Look on Midway/Brownells. You can buy it directly at Shilen too, but more expensive since they don't undercut the major retailers. I did not have to touch any of the adjustments on mine when I got it. Huge improvement from the factory POS.

    In my opinion, it is vastly superior to any of the Rifle Basix triggers, just a whole different level of workmanship.
     

  3. marksman1941

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    My brother said Shilen as well, but the only reason i'm leaning towards Timney is cause I have $164 in amazon credit, and they have a Timney for sale for about $120ish.
     
  4. shortgrass

    shortgrass Well-Known Member

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    You'd have to buy the safety parts if you go with a Shilen, as it's supplied it's designed to use the original Rem. parts, but, the X-Mar Pro parts won't be compatiable. Uses the "Old Style" Rem. saftey. They're excellent triggers, though.
     
  5. Superzuki

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    Timney is fine... Especially if you already have it 'paid for'
     
  6. Greyfox

    Greyfox Well-Known Member

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    I just went through the same thing with my Rem XMark.......I have both Jewel and Timney on my rifles. For the trigger weight you desire, I think you will be very happy with the Timney. Very crisp clean, break, well made, and easily adjustable. I actually prefer the wider trigger shoe on the Timney over the Jewel for my hunting rifles. IMHO.
     
  7. rick523

    rick523 Well-Known Member

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    Go with the Timney since it is paid for I have 3-4 xmarks hanging in jewell bags if that tells you anything.
     
  8. marksman1941

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    A fellow at work told me that my X-mark isn't functioning correctly, based on the fact that even taking the adjustment screw all the way out isn't changing the trigger at all. So the trigger group is currently sitting in a pool of Kroil in hopes that something will break loose and allow the thing to adjust down. I don't know if I will like it even then, but its worth a shot to save $120 or so.