Why would you want to spend the money on a trigger upgrade for your Remington 700? Isn’t the stock trigger supposed to be pretty good? Well yes it is. But a high end trigger will improve your rifle’s accuracy more than any other upgrade that you can do to your rifle.
There are a huge number of third party triggers for the Remington 700. Literally hundreds to choose from.
But before talking about specific triggers, let’s do a little history about the Remington trigger. Then what options are available and what might be best for you.
In 1962 when the Remington 700 was first introduced, the trigger was described as a sharp, crisp-breaking action. It was a single-stage trigger known later as the “Walker Trigger”. Named after Merle Walker who invented it way back in 1948. From the factory the pull weight on the trigger was between 5 to 7 pounds. It changed over the years subtlety for safety reasons. But still is considered an excellent production trigger.
It wasn’t until 2005 that the X-Mark Pro trigger was introduced by Remington. It had a lower pull weight from the factory and easier to internally adjust the pull weight. The advancements in technology and manufacturing improved the break on the trigger considerably.
In 2009 Remington introduced a enhanced X-Mark Pro trigger that could be adjusted externally. Making it much easier to adjust at a shooting range to a pull weight of your choice. Of course it was set at Remington’s “ideal hunting weight” of 3.5 pounds from the factory. With a range from 3 to 5 pounds there wasn’t much room to go lower if you wanted it.
Then of course comes the class action lawsuit against Remington for accidental discharge of their triggers that were manufactured between 2006 and 2014. You can look up the serial number of your rifle on their website if you are interested in having Remington replace your trigger. But it is easier to just replace the trigger yourself with one of the below triggers.
The stock Remington trigger whether it is the Walker Trigger or the X-Mark Pro trigger are both single stage triggers. This means that as you pull the trigger back that there is very little to no takeup (pretravel) before the rifle fires. A good single stage trigger will have no takeup. Meaning that there is no movement back other than what is required to fire the rifle.
A two stage trigger on the other hand has built in takeup. Though not technically called takeup. The first stage of the trigger pull is a short rearward pull that hits a wall. Which is distinct and then the second stage is a crisp pull that fires the rifle.
Is there an advantage of either trigger type? The simple answer is no. After a little training with either trigger type, you will be able to shoot both well.
But there certainly is a personal preference to each type. Many say that the two stage trigger allows you to get on target with the first stage. Then “dial it in” to the exact spot before pulling through the second stage.
But wouldn’t that be useful for hunting too? Yes maybe. I will say that the three competition silhouette shooting triggers below are all single stage triggers.
So it really is about personal preference.
If your rifle is part of the recall or you just want a more precise trigger, than these are the triggers to look at.
Competition Silhouette Shooting has some of the best shooters in the world competing with highly customized rifles. The triggers that they use are very customizable for the individual shooting. These are the triggers that they use.