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Hunting rufle trigger weight

Postby yukonjasper on Sun Apr 09, 2023 7:22 am

Looking for opinions on trigger settings for a hunting rifle. Current settings are way to light , so need to adjust. Tikka T3 hunter in 308.

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Re: Hunting rufle trigger weight

Postby Holland&Holland on Sun Apr 09, 2023 2:46 pm

I like 3 to 3.5
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Re: Hunting rufle trigger weight

Postby westhope on Sun Apr 09, 2023 5:50 pm

How are you hunting? Winter with gloves? Walking thru brush? From a stand? Varmints from a benchrest? It would all matter.

For me 4 to 7 # depending upon the type of hunt.

Crisp, clean break trigger whatever the weight.
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Re: Hunting rufle trigger weight

Postby crbutler on Mon Apr 10, 2023 11:57 am

Depends on what weather you will be using it in, what game you are hunting, style of hunting, and cartridge being used along with personal preferences.

For big game, warm conditions I like 3.5-5# crisp.

For cold conditions with gloves, I tend to want increased firing pin impact on the primer, so the trigger is heavier. With gloves I don’t notice the crispness as much, so although I want it crisp, a bit of mushiness isn’t a deal breaker.

For heated blinds or prairie dogs, 1.5-3# match style triggers.

Dangerous game rifles 5-7# due to recoil. (Light triggers can be a bit touchy at that recoil level… doubling is not pleasant.)
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Re: Hunting rufle trigger weight

Postby yukonjasper on Mon Apr 10, 2023 12:15 pm

This os primarily heated blind deer rifle. I am tempted to buy a trigger scale to measure what my Remington trigger is and duplicate it. Barring that I think 3.5 sounds right. The Tikka trigger breaks nicely....the Remington not as nice....
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Re: Hunting rufle trigger weight

Postby westhope on Mon Apr 10, 2023 1:06 pm

Don't do anything without a trigger scale. The Lyman on is good for about $70. Measures to 12 #.
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Re: Hunting rufle trigger weight

Postby OldmanFCSA on Wed Apr 12, 2023 1:51 pm

It all depends on the rifle use and what weight you are use to having.

On a Fall hunting rifle "I" like 2.5 pounds.

On a Varmint rifle "I" like 1 pound or less and crisp.

On my 50BMG Target rifle "I" like 12 ounces and crisp with NO safety - the safety is an open bolt.

For everyone else I would recommend 3 pound minimum unless you have extensive practice with lighter trigger pulls.

Hope this helps.
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Re: Hunting rufle trigger weight

Postby yukonjasper on Wed Apr 12, 2023 9:38 pm

OldmanFCSA wrote:It all depends on the rifle use and what weight you are use to having.

On a Fall hunting rifle "I" like 2.5 pounds.

On a Varmint rifle "I" like 1 pound or less and crisp.

On my 50BMG Target rifle "I" like 12 ounces and crisp with NO safety - the safety is an open bolt.

For everyone else I would recommend 3 pound minimum unless you have extensive practice with lighter trigger pulls.

Hope this helps.

Bought the rifle from a member on this board a while ago and could not get used to the very light trigger. Gave it a bunch of seasons and practice, but it is too light. I don't have a gage, so I can only guess it's sub 1#. Everything else I own is m7ch heavier, so it's hard to adjust for just that one rifle.
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Re: Hunting rufle trigger weight

Postby Rip Van Winkle on Thu Apr 13, 2023 7:05 am

If you don't have a trigger weight scale to measure the pull weight, why are you concerned about the number? Trigger pull is a personal preference. Just pull the action out of the stock and adjust it to where it feels right to you.

Tikka triggers are easy enough to adjust. Just turn the set screw in until the pull feels right.

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Re: Hunting rufle trigger weight

Postby jdege on Thu Apr 13, 2023 10:54 am

I've always like the single set trigger on my CZ:

TWO TRIGGERS IN ONE: THE CZ SINGLE SET TRIGGER
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Re: Hunting rufle trigger weight

Postby farmerj on Sun Sep 03, 2023 2:07 pm

I set mine to 2 1/2 lbs.

I use a special gauge that’s highly technical and takes years of training under a watchful and skilled instructor before you’re allowed to use it alone.

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Re: Hunting rufle trigger weight

Postby Holland&Holland on Sun Sep 03, 2023 3:32 pm

jdege wrote:I've always like the single set trigger on my CZ:

TWO TRIGGERS IN ONE: THE CZ SINGLE SET TRIGGER

I absolutely love the CZ single set trigger.
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Re: Hunting rufle trigger weight

Postby yukonjasper on Mon Oct 02, 2023 9:47 am

Quick, overdue update. Ahlmans made the adjustment and replaced the cracked plastic bolt shroud with an aftermarket aluminum piece. 3.5 lbs does feel correct.
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Re: Hunting rufle trigger weight

Postby Holland&Holland on Mon Oct 02, 2023 7:38 pm

yukonjasper wrote:Quick, overdue update. Ahlmans made the adjustment and replaced the cracked plastic bolt shroud with an aftermarket aluminum piece. 3.5 lbs does feel correct.

Nice!
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