If you own a Remington 700 or Model 7 made between May 1st 2006 and April 9, 2014, then your rifle is subject to a recall on a potentially unsafe trigger. Remington would have you return the rifle to them, where they would then replace the trigger and send the rifle back. If you use your Remington 700 for hunting as I do, this might be an issue as you may not get it back in time for hunting season. Not to fear, the great folks over at Timney Triggers have an easy solution!
Using this Link I entered the serial number on my Remington 700 youth .243 and found that it was subject to the recall. They will give you an online form to fill out, and once complete will eventually send you a box. That box will have a return label in it, and the rifle can be on its way back for a fix. With the number of rifles recalled, you may not get the rifle back in a timely manner, and more specifically, in time for hunting season. This rifle is slated for use this season for several hunts and I simply cannot risk it not being ready. As such, I made a call to Timney Triggers. Timney Triggers has been in business since 1946 and with the slogan “The Worlds Finest Triggers” they are definitely worth the look.
I looked through the online Timney catalog and found a trigger that suited my needs. I chose the Right Hand Nickel Plated #512 with Safety and a 2.5lb trigger pull. I’m a fan of nickel coating as it makes cleaning easy. The trigger comes in a small package with some basic instructions that I found easy to follow.
First step is to clear the rifle, remove the bolt and the stock from the action. Following the instructions, then tap the pins out in front and rear of the trigger being careful to not tap them all the way out so as to not allow the bolt stop and spring to come out.
You can see the pins in the image above that need to be tapped out with a punch. It does not take much force to remove them. Once the pins cleared the trigger, it comes right out without issue. Sitting the factory trigger next to the Timney Trigger, it’s obvious that the Timney Trigger is a high quality unit that is precision machined.
From here, installing the trigger in reverse is easy. Just reverse the steps outlined in the instructions and take your time. Function test the rifle once the trigger is installed, and make sure you test fire the rifle at the range to ensure proper function. The hardest part of this install was replacing the factory stock. It has some fitment issues with the factory magazine but once all the stars aligned, it fell back into place very snug. This was not an issue with the new trigger, but the result of a cheap stock on a factory rifle.
The factory trigger had some creep, and a gritty pull that was around 3lbs. It was not consistent but functional for a youth rifle. The Timney Trigger is smooth without creep and breaks consistently at 2.5lbs. This is a fantastic upgrade for this rifle and any Remington 700 or Model 7. With a price of approximately $155 and quick shipping, you can have your Remington rifle ready for the season in about 15 minutes of time with only a small screw driver, a set of punches and a small mallet. The instructions were not hard to follow, and there are not many parts to be concerned with. If this is over your head, any gunsmith can replace a trigger in a few minutes and should not charge much for the install. I would highly recommend contacting Timney to replace your recall trigger. Not only will it save you time, but the trigger is a fantastic upgrade to an otherwise stock rifle.
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