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Setting up a older Remington trigger

26 Oct 2020
@ 02:06 pm (GMT)

David Kopp

Hey there, I was able to buy a 1975 rem bdl 30-06. It has 22" barrel everything looks decent meaning barrel looks used and if it shoots great, if not the action is in great shape and would rebarrel. Anyway, I cleaned the trigger and need help with setting the three screws. Do I use loctight or glue when set also? I figure the rear screw is for sear and top front is for travel and front bottom is pull weight. I have set up a timney for my other remmy.
Thanks for any help.

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26 Oct 2020
@ 03:01 pm (GMT)

Scott Struif

Re: Setting up a older Remington trigger
Hi David. Here’s an article with a good diagram of how it works:
http://flinthillsdiesel.com/Remington-Walker.pdf
26 Oct 2020
@ 09:44 pm (GMT)

Magnus Vassbotn

Re: Setting up a older Remington trigger
Hi David.

I adjusted one of those a couple of months ago, and found that I could get it very light and with very little creep/ engagement. However, at 2 pounds or so, it was not safe at all. The sear would slip while closing the bolt half the time. Had to bring it up to 3-4 pounds to have some margin. But still nice and clean, with little creep, and way better than the 5-6 pounds it was before. Not exactly precision pull weight, but ok when one gets used to it.

M
27 Oct 2020
@ 08:28 am (GMT)

Scott Struif

Re: Setting up a older Remington trigger
I ran across the article while researching how bolt action triggers work, generally, in preparation to modify the springs on a couple Howas. I noticed the X-Mark Pro trigger uses an actuator, like Howa’s HACT trigger. Yet, unlike the Howa, which has no sear engagement adjustment, the new Remington trigger does. I can see where that could be beneficial. Still, making that adjustment available to the end-user is risky. Since I don’t own any Remingtons at present, I didn’t explore further whether Remington’s recall fix for the Walker trigger involves simply replacing the trigger lever with one devoid of the “connector” piece, or whether the fix offers any latitude for fine-tuning the pull weight.
27 Oct 2020
@ 12:18 pm (GMT)

David Kopp

Re: Setting up a older Remington trigger
Thanks Scott for the link, there was good info there. I realize what Magnus said made sense and I will work on getting a 3lb trigger vs trying to get a light trigger. Funny thing is I do have a x-mark from my sps that I could just go with to but my thought was the Walker was better to work with. I know I'll be moving towards a timney in time, just trying to work with what I have.
The bolt on the gun needed a new firing spring and was corroded bad on the inside of the bolt plus the pin needed to be drilled out, lucky me,lol. That said the new spring is a 28lb vs the 24lb so money well spent for function and found a decent gunsmith to work with.
Is glue still better use than the blue loc-tite stick? For the screws once set? [b]
27 Oct 2020
@ 02:04 pm (GMT)

Scott Struif

Re: Setting up a older Remington trigger
Hi David. Most manufacturers nowadays use locknuts to secure trigger screw adjustments, then put a dab of glue on the locknuts to hold them in place, in the unlikely event they wander loose. Nail polish is recommended for home gunsmiths for that purpose. In your case, there are likely no locknuts. If you use blue Loctite on threads, you have to clean it and any oils that may have seeped into the threads, before reapplying it.. That could be difficult. I’d adjust the screws to where you think want them, try to get the gun to dry fire by slamming the bolt closed and banging the buttstock on the ground with the bolt closed and cocked. Then, test at the range. Once you’re satisfied it’s safe and performing as you want, remove the over-travel screw, counting the exact number of revolutions to remove it. Clean the screw and reinstall it with a scintilla of blue Locktite liquid, from a tube, not a stick, to hold it in place. Repeat for trigger lever screw. Don’t fuck with the sear engagement screw, unless you’re as confident as Magnus.
28 Oct 2020
@ 04:00 am (GMT)

Scott Struif

Re: Setting up a older Remington trigger
David, you should also be aware that the beefed up spring in the bolt is going to increase the load on the sear, and thus on the trigger lever. You may not be able to achieve the ~3lbs Magnus did. Also, lubricant on the sear-to-cocking-piece surfaces, and also on the trigger-to-sear engagement surfaces will decrease the pull weight, so you’ll need to apply it before conducting you safety tests, not afterwards.
28 Oct 2020
@ 07:29 am (GMT)

Magnus Vassbotn

Re: Setting up a older Remington trigger
I should point out that it was more like 3,5 pounds, as I recall. Fully lubed up. At around 2,5 pounds I believe, it still had some failures, and didn't quite pass the various banging tests.
28 Oct 2020
@ 11:21 am (GMT)

David Kopp

Re: Setting up a older Remington trigger
Thanks guys, I will aim to set trigger @ 4# with lube and use small amount of nail polish. I will defenitly make sure 4# is safe and test as per in the book.
 

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