Tunney or Jewell

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by zkodiak, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. zkodiak

    zkodiak Well-Known Member

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    For a trigger which one would go through hell and still function. The weather up here in AK can get cold and wet so what one for a rifle that will never fail. I don't want a issue with it not working when you need it to.
     

  2. ReachnOut

    ReachnOut Well-Known Member

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    I've used both and prefer the Jewell. Currently, I have 7 rifles with these triggers and have never had a problem with any kind of weather or abuse issues. In my experience they're the best trigger system available for big game, varmit or the bench.
     

  3. RDM416

    RDM416 Well-Known Member

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    +1 on the Jewell
     
  4. Broz

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    I have Jewells and others. The problems I dont think are as much brand related as the range of pull weight. I think all of the 8 oz trigger and lower are subject to be a bit finiky once in a while. They also need flushed with lghter fluid occassionally. I have had two fail and it is scary stuff. They would both fire on bolt lift. One was a new 1 day old jewell. I was shooting a group and could feel something was wrong as it was not going off and I had pulled hard enough. I was prone so I rolled up on one elbow and went to lift the bolt so the rifle would be in a safe position. Imagine a 338 Rum wth a 300 smk firing when all you had ahold of was the bolt handle. Glad it was pointed in a safe direction. So in reguards to your post, I would go for a trigger that had an adjustment range from 1 1/2 to 3 Lbs or more. I feel those type triggers are of a more stable mechanical nature by design and will serve you better in cold or dusty conditions.

    Jeff gun)gun)
     
  5. zkodiak

    zkodiak Well-Known Member

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    Here on Kodiak I need to know the trigger will work every time for I can't take a chance with the bears we have. Kirby is building my rifle and said a Jewell is on the order but I have heard some issues with them and dust so before I change my mind on him I want to here what you all think.
     
  6. Michael Eichele

    Michael Eichele Well-Known Member

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    Dirt and dust can be a problem for any trigger or other rifle component for that matter. Best policy? Keep yer crap clean. I hunt moose, sheep, bears, deer, elk, goats, caribou etc.....from Mexico to Alaska (including Kodiak Island) with two different rifles. Both have Jewell triggers set to 7oz. Have not had any trouble yet. That said, if set improperly, they can fire at odd times. Then again, brakes on vehicles that are not set properly can cause accidents as well. Bottom line? Set them right and keep them clean.

    M
     
  7. jack1k

    jack1k Active Member

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    I've had no problems with Jewell, Timney, or Shilen. Keeping the trigger clean
    should be your main priority, whether it be a custom or factory trigger.

    Keep the action clean too, especially on pump and lever action, and automatics
    in states that allow them. A friends rifle was fine when we sighted it in before
    season on a warm day, well, on a cold day 2 weeks later his gun wouln't fire
    because we didn't clean the bolt internally on a S&W 1500. Another lesson learned the
    hard way.

    jack1k
     
  8. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

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    AVOID the Jewell unless your shooting benchrest competetion. I'll go right out and say buy a Shilen, and be done with it for about half the price tag. Nothing is wrong with a Jewell, but they are not made for field use. Have to be cleaned and flushed all the time. And even better one is the Kelby design, but I think it's another hundred bucks. Then there are a couple that come out of Europe that make all these like also runs. I might add that I will not be out in the field with anybody that's using a two ounce trigger! Maybe a 10oz one, but forget all that two ounce stuff
    gary
     
  9. Boss Hoss

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    This guy is in the weeds----I have Jewell's on all of my sporters. If your smith knows what he is doing and you clean it as directed with lighter fluid you will be fine. The BR trigger is vastly different than the one for sporters. NO SAFETY!

    If you cannot tell the difference between a Jewell and the others then you might just stay with the Remmy and have the smith work on it.
     
  10. ReachnOut

    ReachnOut Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like you may not be familiar with Jewell triggers. Two models, bench and field. Bench comes preset at 3oz. Field (hunting) is adjustable from about 3 to 48 oz's. Both are machined to the same tolerances. I don't know of anyone who cleans or flushes " all the time". I'm on barrel 4 (almost 10k rounds) on my 6BR and have yet to touch the trigger. Favorite hunting rifle has had a Jewell for its' 17 year lifespan thusfar, used at least 6 months out of the year and has never been touched.
    Any problems I've seen with a Jewell involved an amateur adjusting it without using the factory procedure or oiling it.
     
  11. Boss Hoss

    Boss Hoss Well-Known Member

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    Ahhhhh Haaaaaaaa----There you go....
     
  12. ReachnOut

    ReachnOut Well-Known Member

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    Well Boss ..... guess not everybody knows that if it's made in San Marcus it has to be good! :D
     
  13. Trickymissfit

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    all I'm saying is that they are prone to failure out in the weeds (where I dwell). That dosn't happen with a Shilen or a Kelby because they are sealed up. Better do a check, because some forms of bench rest require a trigger saftey. If a Jewell fits your need, then always carry a can of lighter fluid with you (which by the way often screws up bedding jobs). Lighter fluid used to be for sale everywhere, but is getting harder to find everyday around my parts. Ronson is even saying they are going to quit making it to their dealers, and I think Red Devil already has because I have not seen a can in over a year. Pick your poison! Eighty nine dollars that will work very well for 99% of the folks here or two hundred dollars and a can of lighter fluid. (by the way I own three bench rest Jewell triggers, and have been around dozens of others. They all will lock up from time to time out here in the weeds)
    gary
     
  14. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

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    what about Germany?
    glt