Trigger Question

Tyler.I

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So, I am pretty new at the precision rifle game and I have a newbie question concerning triggers. Not a terribly long time ago, I made a shotgun purchase of a Ruger Precision Rifle and ended up loving this style of shooting and went out and bought a much nicer rifle. This particular rifle came with a Triggertech Primary Trigger and I am going to be probably the only person in the world so far to say this, but I hate it. A little background on me, I'm a Grandmaster USPSA competitor and use to high end 1911 style triggers, my RPR had a two stage Timney that I absolutely loved.

My question is,...I've read on here that the ignition timing, whatever that means, is worse on Timney Triggers and has inherent accuracy loss over triggers such as the Triggertech. Is this really a thing and is it enough to matter on a PRS style rifle? I guess my concern is that I spent a pretty significant chunk of money on a dream rifle and I don't want to make it"less" of a rifle by switching to a Timney Trigger.

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Tyler.I

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Are you sure your trigger is functioning properly?
I'm pretty sure it's working properly. The issue I have with it is what I assume most people desire. There's like, zero, overtravel after the trigger breaks and that feels so awkward to me. The Primary is a little heavier than I'd prefer also, which the Diamond would certainly fix but I don't want to spend that much on the Diamond and not like it either. The Timney on the RPR had a touch of travel after the break.
 

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Have you watched the videos on David Tubbs T7T two stage trigger? They are expensive but appear to be able to adjust travel and weight.
 

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I had a 2 stage timney and did like it. And if I remember right, there is one of the 3 screws that adjusts for over travel. To allow more or less. And I know enough to know I dont have an informed opinion about ignition timing differences bw different triggers. My biggest complaint with every timney trigger I ever had, three of them, was that they all stacked weight over time. Meaning, i would set them at 12 oz or whatever weight, then half way thru a match they were noticeably heavier, AMD measurably so when I got back to a gauge. Besides the crispness out of the box of a diamond, I like the fact that it stacks weight the least of any trigger I have tried. It is by far my favorite trigger after trying them all. So, to the OP, if u buy a diamond and dont like it, hit me up and I'll buy it from u. I feel pretty sure u will tho. And it does have just enough over travel in my opinion. Again, all of the above is my opinion, not gospel. YMMV blah blah
 

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I have four PRS rifles (my son shoots also) and the all have timney calvin elite to stage triggers set at 8 oz and I love them. I like that fact the you can start to run through the first stage while getting on target off a barricade and finish when your on target. The area I am in is pretty much dominated by Trigger tech but I don't think I could use a single stage after getting used to the two stage. Everyone has different taste. You can a pretty good deal on the timneys at opticsplanet dealer demos
 

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I have a Bix-n-Andy that seems very nice to me.

On the other hand, I don't think I'm sensitive to over travel unless it's too long.
 
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I have a couple Huber's, and a Giesselle super 700 trigger. The Super 700 has a shorter 1st stage, more like my 1911s. I prefer the longer first stage on the Hubers, but that could be because I have used them way more. I am particularly susceptible to really liking what I am used to.
 

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Triggers are a very personal choice. Who cares what other people like - what works for YOU? And allow yourself to change your mind as you grow in the sport. I started off with a Tikka T3X TAC A1 with a 2-stage trigger which, with a spring change, broke at 24 ounces. I also had a Geissele National Match 2-stage trigger in my DMR-variant AR.

A year later, I realized that, for me personally, the 2-stage triggers didn't work so well in competition because, when the adrenalin amped up a little, I was too prone to pull all the way through both stages and fire prematurely. I now have single-stage triggers in all three of my rifles and prefer an 8-ounce break (I've tried lighter and heavier, and 8 ounces is what works at this point). One Jewell, one Timney Calvin Elite, and one stock Tikka with a lighter spring. If I keep the Tikka (.223 Varmint in MDT chassis with 24-ounce trigger pull), it will most likely get a different trigger, but I'm leaning toward replacing it with another .223 built like my Vudoo and Stiller-actioned 6.5CM, both in MPA BA Comp chassis. Honestly, I can't feel any difference between the Timney and Jewell triggers as I've adjusted them to my preferences.

You're going to change your mind on stuff as you gain experience. On something as personal as triggers, be careful about letting other peoples' opinions about what they thing feels right influence you too much.
 

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I am surprised a winning pistol shooter has trouble with any reasonable rifle trigger. Triggers are far less critical in rifles in my experience. That being said, I do like the CG Xtream triggers.
 

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You won’t shoot worse with a Timney. Trigger tech triggers are over-hyped big time. They are good but they are just another good trigger and there are many including Timney.

You have tried them both and know what you like. Buy the Timney. Sell the triggertech.
 

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Finger and trigger should be stopping as soon as trigger breaks anyway. If it’s just a matter of feel and preference that’s cool.

But if you naturally like overtravel because you’re crushing the trigger, trigger pull needs practice and work.