View Full Version : Which trigger for a Remington 700?
July 23, 2011, 07:17 AM
Jewell or Timney?
Which would you install, and why?
My .30-06 could use a nicer trigger.
July 23, 2011, 08:00 AM
I had a Trigger Job done on the Remington trigger. It is most excellent. It was less expensive than replacing the trigger with a Jewell or Timney.
July 23, 2011, 08:43 AM
I have several Remingtons they either have trigger jobs or the trigger has been replaced. I am not sure why but the ones I had the gunsmith adjust aren't the same (different break points) I would think they would adjust the same way but it does not appear that way. I had a couple Jewells in the past they are very good and the ones I have with Timneys now are good. I guess it's price point IMO both after market triggers are better then factory. The Jewell is gona cost you more. I am not going to go out and replace the Timneys with Jewells however I am going to put a trigger in my 223 VLS and am considering a Jewell.
July 23, 2011, 09:32 AM
Shilen makes a nice trigger for the Remingtons
I've never used a Timmey but I like the Jewells,Shilen and my gunsmith does a nice job on a trigger. If you can find an old style Rem 40x trigger not the 2oz one there pretty nice they run around $100 or so.
July 23, 2011, 10:18 AM
Which would you install, and why?
A couple of 700s I have for range use have Jewell triggers installed. The reason is the adjustability all the way down to a true benchrest pull in both weight and crispness. A great trigger does wonders for shooting consistent tight groups. Mine are set at around 3 oz.
For a rifle carried into the field I would probably buy the less expensive triggers. One does not need a Jewell for a 2.5lb pull.
July 23, 2011, 10:44 AM
A factory Remington trigger adjusted properly by someone who knows what they are doing is pretty darn good. I'd save my money.
July 23, 2011, 10:49 AM
Kenny Jarrett (http://www.jarrettrifles.com/index.html), the custom rifle maker, uses Jewell triggers on his rifles. With Kenny's clientele, he could use anything that he wants, and he uses Jewell. His rifles used to be made from Remington 700 actions, Schneider barrels, McMillan stocks and Jewell triggers. Nowadays he makes his own action and barrel, but he still uses Jewell triggers.
July 23, 2011, 10:59 AM
I totally agree with "jmr40". The original "walker fire control trigger" on my 1953 model 721 .30-06 & my 1974 model 700 .243 winchester are excellent. Remove the trigger mechanism, detail strip, & ultra-sonic clean. Reassemble, lube, & adjust. A 2 pound pull with no creep & no over-travel is easy to obtain and is very safe.
However, replacement triggers made by shilen, timney, basix, & jewell are all excellent choices, although the jewell is really $$$$$$.
Advice regarding rifle brands, triggers, stocks, barrels, scopes, bases, rings, cartridge selection, factory ammo, powders, bullets, cases, & primers are virtually unlimited. We all have our opinions & personal experiences about what has & has not worked. However, we must always respect each other's opinion & right to choose.
July 23, 2011, 11:12 AM
What Howard said.
I have factory triggers in the two Remingtons I own. The older one has never been touched. When I had the gun re-barreled, the smith said to leave the trigger alone.
I have a newer 700 and the trigger was stiff but not gritty. I did have a trigger job done on that gun that improved it a lot.
Both rifles have the factory trigger.
July 23, 2011, 11:44 AM
I've got a new Remington with the XMark Pro trigger. It's sweet. Breaks like glass (their words) and at 3-1/2 lbs. is ideal for a hunting rifle.
I've put Timney triggers on other rifles I've had and always was very pleased. Crisp, no travel triggers that are smooth as silk.
I have no experience with Jewell or others...
July 23, 2011, 04:47 PM
I put a Timney on my Vanguard, and I'm very pleased. 2.5 lbs and breaks like glass EVERY time! 120.00 dollars delivered to my home!:) But those other fellas that claim a "smith" can make a Reminton trigger sweet are exactly right also,, so better you than me to make that determination.:o
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July 23, 2011, 11:14 PM
Remington customer service retrofitted my problem ridden 700 with the X-Mark trigger... The pull and feel of the replacement was so pathetic that I needed to get a trigger job done on new trigger.. Its still not a good as a Timney or the older triggers on my other 700s...
Timneys are nice... Jewell is the way to go if you are going for a target gun...
July 24, 2011, 02:11 AM
If you don't mind the $$ for the Shilen, go for it.
But I think Timneys are adequate for most shooters, including my family. Every rifle wears one unless its a Savage AccuTrigger.
July 25, 2011, 07:23 AM
Thanks for the inputs. I'm considering attempting to tune the factory trigger myself, for the experience as much as anything. If that doesn't go well, sounds like the Timney should do, as it's a field rifle, not a match rifle.
July 26, 2011, 11:48 AM
Timney makes great drop in triggers for a little over $100. All you need need is the right punches and a hammer. Even a total noob like me can do it in less than 20 minutes. That's probably the same cost of a good gunsmith job. I think the newer Remington triggers X-Mark are not easily tunable. I highly recommend them for a field/hunting rifle.
July 26, 2011, 12:09 PM
Kenny Jarrett, the custom rifle maker, uses Jewell triggers on his rifles. With Kenny's clientele, he could use anything that he wants, and he uses Jewell. His rifles used to be made from Remington 700 actions, Schneider barrels, McMillan stocks and Jewell triggers. Nowadays he makes his own action and barrel, but he still uses Jewell triggers.
IME, this doesn't mean much. Custom Rifle Makers use what THEY like and probably get a break on pricing or kickbacks of some sort...
The best advice will be from "regular" people who have used different products and have their own reviews of said product without having to worry about offending the MFG...
I personally haven't ever used an aftermarket trigger, but have heard good things about Jewel and Timney both...
July 27, 2011, 02:42 PM
40 years ago when I was building them, I used Timmney triggers on Mauser sporters. Great triggers, even though there were expensive (then cost $40!).
Never needed any replacement trigger on a Remington bolt gun, in that era they were pretty good.
Today? can't say from personal experience, but if a replacement was needed, I'd trust Timmney.
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