View Full Version : trigger job??

October 24, 2011, 08:17 PM
Do people get trigger jobs done on shotguns. My brother in law recently brought his stoeger P350 to have a bushnell red dot installed. He wanted the trigger lightened up and the smith said "nothing much I can do with that". Is this true?

October 24, 2011, 08:59 PM
Maybe not with that model

Some folks have target guns lightened up, but they have it done by the factory to their specified amounts

Most other trigger jobs are to smooth up the cheap gritty triggers with creep

October 24, 2011, 09:06 PM
This is a cheap gun. He is an elderly gentleman that I believe isn't exactly on the up and up. I've known this guys since my father and I went there. So he has known our family for a while. Just seemed odd

October 25, 2011, 03:00 AM
Shotgun trigger jobs are a bit unusual. Shotgun triggers are "slapped" instead of "squeezed", so the weight of pull doesn't usually matter quite as much as with rifles.

It's interesting that the gunsmith actually turned him away, though.

October 25, 2011, 07:03 AM
That gun is an economy version of a Benelli Nova. I'm not sure what the exact differences are. I've worked on a few Nova's, they have all been "clanky" with a very distinctive trigger sound. They are great guns in the field and in a blind, not the set up I would use for shooting sabots with a scope.

He should run a bunch of rounds thru it and that will smooth things out a bit.


October 25, 2011, 08:47 AM
Shotgun triggers are "slapped" instead of "squeezed", so the weight of pull doesn't usually matter quite as much as with rifles.


Slapping a trigger is like using a flinch - poor results become the norm. There are some shotguns out there with triggers better than any rifle - check out a Ljutic sometime - it breaks like a tuned S&W revolver in single action mode.

Cheap shotguns, especially cheap SxS and O/U cut corners on expense in their trigger groups, so there can be a lot of creep of a bad "gritty" feel.

Even the pumps and semis can have a lot of creep, which if someone is used to a fine, crisp trigger, they will shoot the creep one like they have a flinch

Dave McC
October 25, 2011, 05:15 PM
Good triggers are essential to good shooting. Get yours right, watch your scores climb.

October 25, 2011, 05:22 PM
This gun has much more creep than my wingmaster or my winchesters for sure. Don't blame him for wanting an upgrade.