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Old 03-16-2009, 04:49 AM   #11
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I recieved a package today containing a new COMPLETE trigger guard assembly made of plastic, as promised by Ruger rep but sent from different rep. It was sent from Randall Pence, executive director of sales & marketing.

First impressions: It is flat gray, complete (which is suprise, since I only asked for a housing), features an extended magazine release, and has a grooved plastic grooved trigger. It actually has a crisp trigger release, breaking at about 4.5 pounds with some takeup. I'm honestly shocked it breaks as easy & smooth as it does! Everything is the same specs and location of the safety, bolt release, and magazine release is where expected. The bolt release is standard and will require the modification to make it an easy release. I see no reason to buy an Power custom or Volquartson bolt release when 3 minutes and an Dremel will accomplish exactly the same thing. I'm going to install it as is and try it out, then install an adjustable takeup and overtravel of my own design, modify the bolt release, and wring it out later in the week to see what differences it makes, if any, weather permitting. Range report to follow soon. I hope I don't have to eat crow, but WILL TRUTHFULLY write exactly what I discover. How many think I should do a torture test on it? Neil
I'd love to have you wring one out thoroughly.
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Old 03-16-2009, 06:45 AM   #12
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What makes me curious is how well the plastic holds form after many thousands of rounds & a fair amount of abuse...like sticking it in a Southern truck's gun rack and catching sun for a few years

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Just looking for an update, anything yet?

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Hey Bear, while you're at it could you call Henry Repeating Arms and ask them why they ruin a beautiful and accurate lever gun by using plastic barrel bands and front sights?

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OK Here goes-The plastic trigger guard is washer & dryer safe. Yes I did it! After doing that I threw it against the ground several times. It STILL survived! Then I installed it as is, in an 10/22 to test as it came to me. While it exhibited some creep & overtravel (as usual), the weight of pull was better than almost all out of box 10/22s I've felt (about 5 pounds). It seemed to have somewhat of a "mushy" trigger but was otherwise ok. The pins did have to be lightly pushed out as they fit a lot better than in the aluminum housings. The trigger itself as well as the magazine release is also plastic.

After shooting about 500 rounds with it as is, and passing the above tests, I decided to "slick it up". I installed my overtravel screw in the curve of the trigger, the takeup set screw in the top front of the trigger, installing side spacers in the trigger & hammer, modifying the bolt release, stoning the hammer and reducing the amount of sear engagement, I was ready to compare it to the rest of my 10/22 triggers. I was shocked to discover it was every bit as smooth & light as the rest of them. I'm ready to eat crow as it seems the plastic housings/trigger have NOT affected the pull after normal slicking it up. It did seem mushy until I tuned it but now lets off like a glass rod at 15oz of weight with extremely short reset and minimal movement. The important thing to remember is I used & modified the factory parts instead of simply installing aftermarket parts.

I'm here to tell yall that the plastic housings DO NOT affect the function as I thought they would. It DID feel mushy until I tuned it, but honestly-how many of us actually leave our 10/22s stock without doing anything to them?

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Great, thats good to know. Guess I can send mine out for a trigger job. Now we just have to wait YEARS to see how long the plastic will last in the enviroment

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Plastic, huh? "If it's made by Mattell- it's swell!"

Sorry- could not resist- especially since I just finishing wiping down a Marlin 39A from 1954......

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I'm NOT a fan of plastic-everybody knows that. But when something does perform from what little I've put it through so far, I HAD to be honest. After all, how many would have put it (complete trigger housing assembly) through washer & dryer cycles, as well as throwing it repeatedly against the ground & concrete walkway? Bottom line-it does work and I had to eat crow about the trigger being lousy in it-AFTER reworking/tuning (as usual on 10/22s). Your Marlin 39A is pure class. If I had any say in it, everything would be steel & fine walnut.

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I'm NOT a fan of plastic-everybody knows that. But when something does perform from what little I've put it through so far, I HAD to be honest. After all, how many would have put it (complete trigger housing assembly) through washer & dryer cycles, as well as throwing it repeatedly against the ground & concrete walkway? Bottom line-it does work and I had to eat crow about the trigger being lousy in it-AFTER reworking/tuning (as usual on 10/22s). Your Marlin 39A is pure class. If I had any say in it, everything would be steel & fine walnut.
What are you planning for your next test?
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I'm not sure except to heat it up to test for warpage. Got any suggestions?

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