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How to properly adjust a standard Remington 700 trigger

This is a discussion on How to properly adjust a standard Remington 700 trigger within the DIY forums, part of the Sniping Related category; Nice write up, I still would feel comfortable having an experienced person do it. I love shooting, gunsmithing makes me feel like I could mess ...

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    Nice write up, I still would feel comfortable having an experienced person do it. I love shooting, gunsmithing makes me feel like I could mess something up or make things worse

    Erik

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    i agree with you e precision... i took my stock off and fumbled around with my trigger and i was afraid i would mess it up so i didn't adjust the screws after i took the protective stuff off the screws... i've seen a few people on different forums say that they adjusted it and it won't go past 5 lb breaks...

    i guess it wouldn't mess me up too bad as mine has got to be around 5 anyway

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    The pictures are showing up fine in my browser, don't know if there is a problem...but their source hasn't moved.

    Guys its easy to adjust the 700 trigger...Its hard to mess up. Just make appropriate safety checks before fielding it.
    Kamrad Tylov


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    Thanks for the write up. I Also cant see the photos

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    Great write up. However, i have the x mark trigger, and though i can adjust the weight screw, the others are so tight that if i try to loosen them i break my allen wrench.
    I have significantly reduced the pull on my trigger, and it appears to be safe (banged my rifle on the floor about 50 times) but there is just a little more give in the trigger when it's decocked than my roommates 700 when his is decocked.
    Am i doing something wrong here?

    Thanks for the help.

    -Mark

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    How much accuracy can I gain from adjusting a trigger? I'm shooting a model 700 vtr

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    Quote Originally Posted by 11Bshootemup View Post
    How much accuracy can I gain from adjusting a trigger? I'm shooting a model 700 vtr
    Adjusting the trigger doesn't make the rifle more accurate it makes the shoot more accurate. Point being how much it helps depends mostly on the nut behind the trigger. FOR ME I like a trigger around 1.5 pounds with no creep and a tiny bit of over travel. 3 pounds is acceptable and probably preferred in a hunting rifle used in rough terrain. IMO walking into a battle zone/hunting ground with a trigger set to 5 OZ or something retarded like that is asking for trouble. Shooting of a bench with a 60 pound rifle sure go for the Jewel set o 5 OZ. If you will be carrying the rifle up and down hills I would go a little heavier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maddog5511 View Post
    Great write up. However, i have the x mark trigger, and though i can adjust the weight screw, the others are so tight that if i try to loosen them i break my allen wrench.
    I have significantly reduced the pull on my trigger, and it appears to be safe (banged my rifle on the floor about 50 times) but there is just a little more give in the trigger when it's decocked than my roommates 700 when his is decocked.
    Am i doing something wrong here?

    Thanks for the help.

    -Mark
    Are you talking about over travel?
    Joseph M . DAndrea
    USMC 02-07
    Iraq 04-05 and 06-07

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    Thank you for the guide. I am stuck starting at the paragraph below and need advice. I cock and cycle the bolt into the firing position and then slowly start turning the sear screw in but nothing happens. I don’t hear or see anything drop. All I see is the trigger move it’s position as I adjust the sear screw. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated and thanks


    You will then want to back out all three trigger screws two or three turns, careful not to back them out so far the springs fall out of place. You simply want to take the tension off the internal springs. You will then work the bolt. Slowly start turning the sear engagement screw, located on the back side of the trigger, in until the sear releases and the firing pin drops. Back it out exactly one half a turn.

    Next, the over-travel will need adjusted. This screw is located on the top front of the trigger above the pull-weight screw. Do not rec0ck the rifle. You will want to turn it inward until you feel resistance. When properly adjusted, the slop will be taken out of the trigger and it will move back and forth very little. Do not over tighten. Though the travel will be reduced, the pull weight will not be able to be adjusted. If not turned in enough, the pull can be adjusted lighter, but it will be very sloppy and unpredictable.

    You are now ready to rec0ck the gun. Use the trigger scale and see how heavy the weight is and if its to your liking. If not you will have to adjust the pull-weight screw, below the over-travel screw. Inward increases the weight and outward lightens it. Trial and error will get it to the point that is to your liking. As soon as its to your liking, you will want to try it approximately 20 times. Work the bolt quickly as if you were going to in the field. This will show you if the sear will accidentally release or not. This could be disastrous. You'll want to make sure the pull-weight is consistent and without slop or excessive over/under-travel. You'll shoot better groups with a 3 lb trigger that is consistent rather than a 1 lb trigger that isn't.

    After you are convinced everything is set where it should be, take the Elmer's glue and put a few drops over the screws. I use Elmer's because it will stop them from creeping out of adjustment over time but will be easy to remove if you so wish to change your weight for a different application later on. Finger nail polish and lock-tight compounds are more difficult to remove, but effective. Allow the glue to dry fifteen minutes.

    You'll then want to put the thing back together. Slide the barreled action back into the stock. Put in the front (short) screw first and turn in half way. Then put in the tang screw and turn in all the way tightly. Then turn the front screw the rest of the way. If you have an HS stock, you'll want to put them in 65 in-lbs. If you have a wooden stock, many have different ideas on how tight to turn them, but that is not a discussion for here and now. After all is tight, check the trigger pull for safety against ADs. I slam the butt stock of the c0cked rifle down on the floor 10 times or so to make sure it won't go off. I managed to set this rifle at 1lb 4oz. This rifle does have an after-market firing pin system with an upgraded c0cking piece which helps with consistency and weight

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    actually this thread is over 5 years old. It's not uncommon today to just replace the factory trigger with something more dependable.

    Welcome to the forum. May I suggest, as your second post, introduce yourself in the introductions, and tell us a little about yourself.
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