When I purchased my Remington 700 AAC-SD, I knew immediately that the trigger needed to go. Sure, the break was pretty crisp and the shoe seemed polished enough, but Remington had decided to set the adjustment screw directly into the blade of the trigger in an insanely annoying manner. Every time you pulled the trigger it rubbed against your finger and I wanted none of that. So I went to my go-to manufacturer of awesome triggers and asked for a sample — Timney Triggers, that is . . .
When I first looked into swapping the trigger on a Remington 700, the process it looked a little daunting. The same pins that hold the trigger assembly to the receiver also are themselves integral parts of the trigger assembly. Pushing them out causes the trigger to partially… um… explode all over your workbench. However, since once you install the new trigger you’ll never want to go back, we can safely discard all of the old trigger components and don’t have to worry about finding the springs as they fly away.
Installation of the new trigger is actually a snap. The included instructions are sufficient to get things rolling and the Timney trigger actually comes with a small pin already inserted into the trigger pack to hold everything together during shipping and installation. Once the trigger is properly installed the small pin drops free and can be discarded. Compared to swapping triggers on an AR-15, I’d actually say that it’s easier.
Once in place, what you will have is a bangswitch that is not only more comfortable than the original Remington trigger, but one that’s also easier to adjust, has a crisper break and even looks better. In short, an improvement in every way.
For the “comfort” category, it’s all in the blade. While Remington used a rounded and rather slim blade for their trigger, Timney has went for the largest blade that will fit through the hole in the stock, flattened it out and added some ridges. The wide, smooth surface makes it comfortable to rest your finger on and the lack of a sharp, jagged screw edge on your fingertip is a welcome change of pace. The ridges also help grip the trigger just a little better, being just aggressive enough to provide some extra purchase without any undue roughness.
While the removal of the adjustment screw might seem like the Timney is a “one size fits all” solution, in reality they’ve just moved it to a location that actually makes more sense. Namely, the front of the housing instead of the trigger blade itself. Sure, you have to take the stock off to adjust the trigger, but adding one more minute onto a process I do once rather than feeling a screw digging into my digit every time I pull the trigger is a welcome tradeoff.
As for the crisper break, this isn’t something I can quantify (well, I could, but the equipment costs a couple thousand dollars and needs Windows 3.1 to run for some reason). To me, though, it just feels better. The Timney’s break is definitely set lighter right out of the box than the Remington’s trigger, which helps.
The last reason that this is an improvement over the standard Remington trigger has to do with the way the safety works. CNBC released a documentary about Remington 700 rifles “going off by themselves” which I don’t necessarily put much stock in. However, I do believe that the design of the Remington 700 trigger safety could be improved from the simple sear safety to a full trigger blocking safety, and Timney has made those improvements and incorporated them into the new trigger pack.
I’m trying really hard not to be a Timney fanboy here, but they aren’t making it easy on me. This trigger really is the whole package; easy to install, a pleasure to use and much improved over the standard Remington trigger. If you make only one modification to your new Remington 700, this should be it.
Pull Weight: 1.5 – 4 lbs
Ratings (out of five stars):
Ease of Use * * * * *
Easier to install than an AR-15 trigger. No springs to mess around with, no brute force required. Just a punch and a large brick or hammer.
Feel & Function * * * * *
Crisp break, positive feel for “safe” and “fire” safety positions, and a silky smooth trigger shoe.
Overall Rating * * * * *
I’m had a hard time deciding if one of these triggers or a bipod is the better first investment when you buy a 700. But I’m leaning towards the trigger. Trust me, you won’t regret it.