Originally Posted by LastManStanding
Thanks for the suggestions and the links. Is there any advantage to having a qualified gunsmith do a trigger job versus simply buying a drop-in system?
Since I work part time in a gun shop, I am forced to tell you yes... LOL
Honestly, it depends on what you are after for performance. With a quality 'smith, they can make subtle changes to a stock trigger and get you down to a real good weight without having to poney up for a new, fancy trigger.
I assume this is a hunting gun? So, you are looking to go somewhere in the neighborhood of 4-5#? Maybe a little heavier if you are hiking in?
That kind of trigger pull is totally do able with a stock trigger, but you have to pay shop time. The benefit of a good shop trigger is: You should get a 5 pull average on a trigger pull guage that is within the spec you are looking for. You also get a safety test that someone else is insuring you that it won't go bang when you don't want it too. Very important if you have never done this sort of thing before. So, you have that going for you.
However, a trigger job isn't rocket science. Most have two or three levers that interact. Remove a little material here, a little there, add a little "secret" grease like solution and suddenly your trigger creep is gone and you have a nice, smooth trigger pull. You can safety check it yourself easy enough, and if you have a string/some fishing line and a couple of small, known weight sources, you can "make" a trigger pull "guage" without having to buy one.
Or, you buy one that is pre-tuned, drop it in, safety check it and be on your way. It all depends on what you are after.
In my opinion, based on what I have seen come through the shop in the better part of four years.
For a Benchrest gun - you need a Benchrest quality trigger. Preferably the best one you can get sense you are talking the utmost in accuracy. 2 ounces, possibly even with an electronic fire system so you don't have to touch the gun and risk a "flyer".
For a Sniper Rifle ( police / military ) - Yes, you need a good quality drop in trigger that can be tuned to your specs since you might only get that one shot.
For a civilian "tactical" rifle - A factory tuned trigger is fine, as is a drop in aftermarket.
For a hunting rifle - A tuned trigger is plenty good enough for field work.
But, that is based on what we see in the shop here. You mileage may vary.