Don't Put Up With a Sloppy Trigger
I have seen many guys that own rifles just blindly accept the trigger pull that their factory rifle came with; even if it happened to be absolutely horrendous with about a mile of creep and a pull hard enough to give Brock Lesner a finger hernia. Yeah, I know. There is not such a thing as a finger hernia. But there is such a thing as a trigger with too heavy a pull. But there is a way to fix it and on many rifles, you can fix the problem yourself. A heavy trigger pull can make it nearly impossible to get the most accuracy out of your rifles potential. So grab your tools and let's get to work!
Firstly, when adjusting the trigger pull on your rifle, you need to understand that in most cases you are going to be voiding your rifles warranty. But most rifles these days are of high quality and this is not a big deal. It is a good thing to know though before you put your screw driver to work. Also, some companies have gone to great lengths to keep you from adjusting the rifles trigger pull. They have put lock-tight on screws and in some cases, made it nearly impossible to make adjustments without the help of a gunsmith. The bogus law suits that these companies have to deal with can be blamed for this. Lucky for us though, many companies have started to steer away from these practices.
Currently most factory rifles can be adjusted with the turn of a screw or two. There are many good sites on the Internet that walk you through how to adjust specific models so search them out for your particular model. Here is the basic process for most rifles. Do not forget that all rifles should be unloaded while cleaning them or doing any work on them.
1) Remove the barrel and action from the stock.
2) Place the barrel and action upside down with the trigger assembly pointing upwards.
3) After locating the specific screw for your model, turn it counter clock wise (for all the models that I have worked with) to lower the pull weight. Turn the screw clock wise to raise the pull weight. I like a trigger pull in the three to four pound range. I have heard of guys hunting with pulls as low as 2 pounds but this scares me. It just seems like the chances of an accident are too high.
4) After adjusting the trigger pull to an acceptable weight you need to make sure that the rifle will not slam fire. A slam fire is where the rifle fires upon an abrupt closing of the bolt on a loaded chamber. This is dangerous and needs to be addressed. Make sure the rifle is unloaded and close the bolt hard a few times. You are making sure that the bolt stays cocked and doesn't allow the firing pin to travel forward. Also, flip the safety on and off and make sure that this doesn't trigger the firing pin as well.
5) After checking for slam fires, you are good to put some lock tight on the screw and take that sucker to the range and try it out.
You will be amazed at how much difference a good trigger pull weight will have on your shooting. You want the rifle to surprise you when it goes off and the best way to do that is to get that pull weight down to acceptable levels. So do not settle for the heavy pull weight that many factory rifles come with. Take that rifle out of the cabinet and give her a good tune up. You will be shooting clover leaf shaped groups in no time!