Trigger advice

Discussion in 'Equipment Discussions' started by kfrye, May 7, 2008.

  1. kfrye

    kfrye Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2006
    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.
    Last edited: May 7, 2008
  2. linksmechanic

    linksmechanic Well-Known Member

    Jan 16, 2007
    Just get a jewell and be done with it. There really is no comparison.

  3. Kevin Cram

    Kevin Cram <b>SPONSOR</b>

    Mar 9, 2004
    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.
  4. wildcat

    wildcat Well-Known Member

    Jul 16, 2005
    Go with Jewel. They are awesome triggers and once you use one, you will always want one on your rifle.

  5. Buffalobob

    Buffalobob Writers Guild

    Jun 12, 2001
    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 can’t kill what you can’t 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 don’t 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 don’t.

    If money is not a consideration then by all means get your self a fancy trigger.
  6. tscott

    tscott Well-Known Member

    Oct 9, 2006
    I've gone both ways with Rem 700s. I put a Timney on my 270WSM and I really like it.
    Good luck