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    Ideal Trigger Pull for a Remington 700

    I have a Remington 700 SPS which was subject to the X-Mark Pro trigger recall.

    I previously switched out the original stock with a Bell & Carlson Tactical Medalist Style 2 BDL Vertical Grip, and I did not want to ship my rifle to Remington for the recall. Instead, I replaced the trigger with a Timney Calvin Elite.

    The trigger pull for the Calvin Elite is adjustable from 8 ounces to 2.5 pounds. It is set at the factory at 8 ounces.

    I could not believe how light an 8 ounce trigger pull is. I was startled the first time the rifle fired but I got used to it.

    Is there an ideal pull weight or does it depend upon the shooter?

    Is there any danger leaving the pull so light? Can the rifle accidentally fire if it is jostled, banged, or dropped (as was alleged with the original Remington triggers)?

    #2
    I'm guessing. 308 cal ? ..different strokes for different folks. .I like to feel the trigger pull. 8 ounces is light for me..personally I would adjust to 2lbs 2.5lbs..keeping safety in mind at all times..

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      #3
      Originally posted by iceburg View Post
      I'm guessing. 308 cal ? ..different strokes for different folks. .I like to feel the trigger pull. 8 ounces is light for me..personally I would adjust to 2lbs 2.5lbs..keeping safety in mind at all times..
      Yes, I should have stated.

      On a related note, I recently shot PerFecta 147 grain FMJ (manufactured by Fiocci? and distributed by Tulammo USA), and I can’t complain considering I paid $12.44 for a box of 20 at Walmart. We were shooting objects instead of paper and it was lots of fun.

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        #4
        It is all preference on the pull weight. it is a reputable company that made the trigger so is should be drop safe at any pull weight.
        III%

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          #5
          I have a 700 PSS. Trigger pull is a nice clean 2lbs. 8 ounces would be too light for me, but it's whatever works for you. Like others have said, any reputable trigger will be drop safe no matter the pull weight.

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            #6
            2-3lb pull works for me. It's all comes down to the preference of the shooter.

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              #7
              I'm a little freaky with trigger pull; I like them a little heavier. My 700 is just under 4 lbs, but breaks clean. I could never get used to light pulls.
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                #8
                I installed a Calvin Elite on my LTR and the trigger pull is crazy light. Still at the factory 8oz and I keep meaning to adjust it up after every range trip, but then I forget and put it away.
                Soooooon.
                A man can never have too much red wine, too many books, or too much ammunition.

                - Rudyard Kipling

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                  #9
                  I have a 700 PSS in 308 with a Timney drop in, I tend to lean towards the higher end of the trigger pull as I like to break around 2.5 to 3 lbs.

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                    #10
                    You are waiting for an accident to have a field gun with anything less than a 2.5 pound trigger. The Timneys will go low, but the Jewel HVR goes down to 1 ounce- not a typo. This is primarily for benchrest. Go shoot a string in 30 degree weather and let me know how safe a 1 pound trigger is- it isn't.

                    My match guns are 2.5 pounds, field/tactical guns are 3-5 pounds. Hunting rifles are 4-5.5 pounds.
                    Last edited by Jarheadsergeant; 05-05-2016, 10:59 AM.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by BMoscato View Post
                      I have a 700 PSS in 308 with a Timney drop in, I tend to lean towards the higher end of the trigger pull as I like to break around 2.5 to 3 lbs.
                      I assume that is a 510/517. Range is 1.5-4 pounds. Normally on the lighter end you end up with the firing pin not staying cocked

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by pandm View Post
                        I installed a Calvin Elite on my LTR and the trigger pull is crazy light. Still at the factory 8oz and I keep meaning to adjust it up after every range trip, but then I forget and put it away.
                        Soooooon.
                        Accident waiting to happen. Fix it when you get home today.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Jarheadsergeant View Post
                          I assume that is a 510/517. Range is 1.5-4 pounds. Normally on the lighter end you end up with the firing pin not staying cocked

                          Correct, I'm running the 510. I actually prefer the stock trigger as it has a crisper pull, but maybe I'm just use to it since I've ran the stock trigger since 1998.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by BMoscato View Post


                            Correct, I'm running the 510. I actually prefer the stock trigger as it has a crisper pull, but maybe I'm just use to it since I've ran the stock trigger since 1998.

                            The stock trigger you had was most likely a 40X trigger- many of the PSS and LTR come with those. They are pretty nice- I actually buy them when I see them for sale. I think the 510/517 is considered safer.

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                              #15
                              Thanks for all the advice.

                              Better safe, than sorry. I am going to increase the pull to 2.5 lbs which will still be great for my simple needs.

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