timney trigger question

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by my82cam, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. my82cam

    my82cam Well-Known Member

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    I got a new timney trigger for my remington 700. It is supposed to be adjustable, I believe from 4.5-1.5 or 2lbs just by adjusting 1 screw. well, out of the box it was to stiff, so, I adjusted it down. I don't have a trigger gauge to know where the pull is, but I am going by how my other triggers feel that are set at 2.5-3lbs by a trigger gauge. I
    f I adjust it down to what i belive is 2.5-3 lbs, when I work the bolt, the hammer will fire if I do it fast while closing it. It has to be adjusted to around 3.5(again, I'm guess) lbs before the hammer will stay cocked and not fire upon closing the bolt. Do I need to call timney and try to get another? or have I done something wrong? lol
     
  2. Gunpoor

    Gunpoor Well-Known Member

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    It has been a long while since I have adjusted a Timney but I believe they have an adjustment for sear engagement (sure hope I am not confusing Timney with some other trigger). I think the instructions that come with them show the three adjustment screws, one for overtravel and one for sear engagement and the other for let-off tension. Timneys can be safely adjusted down to a level that is as "easy" of let-off as I feel safe to carry in a hunting rifle.
     

  3. Gunpoor

    Gunpoor Well-Known Member

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    I did a little refresher on the Timney trigger and saw that the rear adjustment screw is the sear engagement screw and is supposedly set by the factory to be at a safe setting down to 1.5# of trigger let-off. You can contact Timney and see what action they recommend or you can adjust it yourself (not recommended by Timney). I would probably reset the sear engagement myself but have the mindset that sometimes I need to "straddle my own broncs".
     
  4. MTBULLET

    MTBULLET Well-Known Member

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    buy a trigger pull gage. "feel" is different with different triggers.
     
  5. my82cam

    my82cam Well-Known Member

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    I think I need to contact timney about this, but first I will get with my friend who has a pull gauge to confirm lbs. If I cycle the bolt fast, the hammer falls and fires the gun, not safe. lol
     
  6. JeffP40

    JeffP40 Well-Known Member

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    Just increase the sear engagement. Use the gauge after tho, see what the actual weight is. If you have sufficient sear engagement, (not too little nor too much) and see what it does.
     
  7. jsthntn247

    jsthntn247 Well-Known Member

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    Do a google search on adjusting the Remington 700 trigger and follow the instructions. It's very easy, once you get it where you want it, put a dab of loctite to keep it in place.
     
  8. my82cam

    my82cam Well-Known Member

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    adjusting a factory remington 700 trigger and adjusting an aftermarket timney trigger are different.
     
  9. jsthntn247

    jsthntn247 Well-Known Member

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    How so
     
  10. my82cam

    my82cam Well-Known Member

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    If I remember correctly, the factory is a 3 screw set up and timney is a 2 screw set up and is recommended not to move the rear screw. may be wrong, I don't have it in my hand and it has been a while. lol