View Full Version : Fair price for trigger job?

February 17, 2005, 02:54 PM
I was quoted $75.00 from a local gunsmith for a trigger job on my new Winchester Model 70. He said he would lighten the pull, polish the components, and replace any springs as necessary. Does this seem like a fair price? Thanks,

bill k
February 17, 2005, 03:30 PM
I'm in northern Cal. My gunsmith charged me $60.00 on a remington 700. But he also mounted my scope and bore sighted it.

February 17, 2005, 03:37 PM
I would never say a smith is charging you too much, but it should be charged by labor and parts. If the spring needs to be replaced, it should be close to $12 retail to you. Labor should be close to an hour. He should have a sign up giving prices for labor and he may charge a standard fee for trigger jobs. Don't be afraid to question him about it. If he is a straight up guy, he will gladly tell you about his prices and how much time it should take him to do the job. Of course he will have to estimate the time since no one knows exactly how much time it will take until he starts the work. If the spring needs to be replaced, the time will increase due to the work having to be done twice. You have to try to get the weight right before you know if the spring needs to be replaced. Just ask him to expalin the charges to you. He should break it down on the estimate as well as the final bill. $50/hr is not unreasonable for a man that has spent the time learning the trade.

February 18, 2005, 10:02 AM
Brownells posts information on shop rates in their catalog. These rates are based on a survey of their customers, who represent virtually all gunsmiths. The rate for trigger work on Rifles is $40-$90 for installation or adjustment. It sounds like your gunsmith is quoting you a fair price.