View Full Version : biting the bullet on M60 trigger job
September 3, 2007, 01:48 PM
I've decided to humble myself and get an experienced S&W revolver specialist to to the trigger work on my wifes new 3 in model 60. Is there a source for listing such men in my locale of Indianapolis? Everybody says they can do it, but heck, I can do it, but I want a master job. Had one once but can't find him now. (Only 25 years ago) Just need a lighter safe da pull without screwing up reliability, timing and such, and correcting any imperfection that came from the manufacturer. Shoots great as is, but DA pull is too hard to use accurately for me, and she can't pull it at all. How light can we get the da pull keeping reliability?
PS, seperately, shooting this little number with hottest loads I get the same thing as with another "well timed" s&w, and that is getting my left face (right handed) stung on firing. Not with all loads. Is that normal with revolver hot jacketed bullet loads? Todays offender is the Remington 125 JHP, which also felt hotter than other magnum loads like the Win Silvetip, which do not give me this problem. Don't find any metal particles though. (I know, doctor says "dont use that load".)
September 5, 2007, 02:44 PM
I located a smithy nearby who's done a lot of these. He said that unlike the k-frames there's not much that can be done with the Model 60 J frame, because of the very light weight hammer. He said he could provide maby half a pound tops relief on the double action pull.
Does that sound right, or do some of you gurus have a different view of this?
September 6, 2007, 10:55 AM
I put a Wolff spring kit on my 3" J frame, and it made a considerable improvement in both the SA and DA pulls. No reliability problems so far. Note that the J frame rebound spring is same as on the larger frames.
From the http://www.gunsprings.com/1ndex.html website - "This pak contains 1 each 8 pound reduced power hammer spring and 1 each 13, 14 and 15 pound reduced power rebound springs allowing adjustment for lighter and smoother trigger and hammer action. Note: Models 317, 650, 651 have a 12 Lb. factory hammer spring."
You don't need to be a master pistolsmith to smooth up a J frame - just polishing the strut and breaking the edges of the moving parts will make a significant improvement in the smoothness.
September 6, 2007, 09:05 PM
Actually, I'm pleasantly surprised by the smoothness of this action, both single and double action. Single action pull is a surprising 3.5 consistent pounds. Wife absolutely can't pull the da trigger with one hand, and cocking with the thumb takes considerable effort. Not a defensive situation at all. I don't know how much reduction will be necessary, but any is good, until function is compromised.
September 7, 2007, 01:06 AM
You could ask the REAL experts: Smith & Wesson.
They run the S&W Performance Center that offers custom gunsmithing.
I'd contact them and ask what can be done.
They used to sell several S&W Lady Smith revolvers with lighter trigger pulls, and one of them was a Model 60.
These were beautiful revolvers with a lighter, smoother trigger.
The smoother trigger action also FEELS lighter.
September 7, 2007, 11:46 AM
Well, it hadn't occured to me that those particular folks would be ones who would do that, since they make them heavy on puropse for liability conderns. That's good news and I appreciate it. Not as much fun as doing it myself, but perhaps a much better job. I'll call them.
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