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Remington 721 walker trigger DIY safety tips

24 Jan 2023
@ 12:03 pm (GMT)

Paul Townlian

Hello all. I have a Remington 721 in Boyd’s featherweight stock that I’m looking to sell to my uncle in-law. I’m concerned about the stock trigger. Before passing the rifle off, I want to make sure I’ve taken all reasonably precautions on the stock trigger. I believe this is a walker trigger??? The rifle was dated to 1958 if memory serves me well. It had the bolt lock feature when the safety was on, signifying it was never modified by Remington due to their recall.

I’ve done a lot of reading on the subject but most recommendations are to scrap the trigger and go aftermarket. But on a 721 that requires milling around the tang of the rifle for a 700 trigger, and seeing as how I’m intending on selling the rifle, I don’t want to put more money into it. So far, I’ve ground off the locking bar so that the rifle no longer has a bolt lock feature and can be unloaded while on safe. I’ve disassembled the entire trigger, cleaning it with break cleaner. Polished where the connecter and sear make contact so that I can still get a smooth pull without lowering the poundage too much. I then reassembled the trigger putting a light amount of Ronsin lighter fluid in the unit and followed with a can of compressed air. I’ve read this is a great method of cleaning the trigger, and as the lighter fluid dries, a residue is left providing lubrication. Thus the trigger is somewhat lubricated with out being wet and attracting debris that could cause safety issues. After doing all of this the trigger is already much better.

I tuned the trigger for a decent pull. Probably 5lbs, not too light, giving the sear adjustment screw a half turn backed off from engagement. I tested for slam fires, and impacts with the but, as well as trigger compression on safe, followed by flipping the safety to fire. All seemed good.

Are there any other methods or tricks I can do to have a little more peace of mind? Do you recommend using a thread locker on the trigger adjustment screws? My uncle in law isn’t a gun guy, he’ll use this rifle for deer once a year. So I’m not expecting him to be as thorough with the quirks of the rifle as I am. I just want to set him up for success and be as safe as I can be.


28 Jan 2023
@ 10:23 am (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: Remington 721 walker trigger DIY safety tips
Hi Paul, regarding lighter fluid residue, the weather here in NZ is too corrosive for this to be adequate on its own. Something a bit heavier is required at least for our conditions.

For the threads, try nail polish on the outer of the threads in blobs, rather than thread locker on the internal threads.

A bit of a dichotomy, the less people are into guns the lighter the trigger needs to be in order for them to shoot accurately. But of course, one must have safe habits in order to use such a trigger. Either way, 5lb may be too heavy for humane killing / consistency in the hands of an inexperienced shooter.

Otherwise it looks like you have done all that you can do with the trigger design.
04 Mar 2023
@ 10:05 am (GMT)

Paul Townlian

Re: Remington 721 walker trigger DIY safety tips
Thank you for the response, and I apologize for the delay. I sent an email response but may have had a bad connection when doing so and it never went through. Strange... Regardless, thanks again.


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