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#12151154 - 07/17/17 Savage 111 Trigger  
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I picked up a Savage model 111 in 243 for a song today. Its like new ,but the Trigger pull is just terrible. It feels like the safety is on. What after market trigger do you guys suggest or have had experience with .Thank you

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#12151757 - 07/17/17 Re: Savage 111 Trigger [Re: 1Longbow]  
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Depending on how old the rifle is, it may have a trigger that is easy to work over. The three screw trigger is weill known for ease of modification. If it has a set screw under the sear engagement, the depth can be set and a smaller diameter round wire can be installed. My old Savages have pulls of about 2.75 to 3.0 pounds. If it is the later model, a smith can get a got pull for about half the price of a new Timney or Rifle Basix trigger.

#12151898 - 07/17/17 Re: Savage 111 Trigger [Re: LeonHitchcox]  
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Originally Posted by LeonHitchcox
Depending on how old the rifle is, it may have a trigger that is easy to work over. The three screw trigger is weill known for ease of modification. If it has a set screw under the sear engagement, the depth can be set and a smaller diameter round wire can be installed. My old Savages have pulls of about 2.75 to 3.0 pounds. If it is the later model, a smith can get a got pull for about half the price of a new Timney or Rifle Basix trigger.


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Do some searching on youtube and other sites. The old style spring has some adjustment but the wire is really stiff and can't be adjusted light enough. I used an old spinner bait wire for my trigger spring. It works much better. Hobby stores also sell the music/piano wire in 12" pieces.



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#12152400 - 07/17/17 Re: Savage 111 Trigger [Re: gwrench]  
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I found spinner bait wire a bit small. My go to was buzz bait wire. I got several blank wires from a tackle shop and did a bunch of triggers before the AccuTrigger came out.

#12155401 - Yesterday at 10:28 AM Re: Savage 111 Trigger [Re: 1Longbow]  
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I've got a Rifle Basix in my Steven 200. It's got just the tiniest amount of creep but otherwise it's a great trigger.
My 300wm is an old Savage 3 screw trigger and it sucks! I've not tried to adjust it in anyway. I've thought about getting another Rifle Basix but haven't gone and done it yet. I really need to do something soon. It would make shooting that rifle a whole lot easier.


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#12156012 - Yesterday at 04:10 PM Re: Savage 111 Trigger [Re: Snake River Marksman]  
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Snake, have you done the spring mod and adjusted the screw under the sear notch? I have yet to see a 3-screw trigger that couldn't be tuned to at least 3#.

#12156053 - Yesterday at 04:33 PM Re: Savage 111 Trigger [Re: 1Longbow]  
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Originally Posted by 1Longbow
I picked up a Savage model 111 in 243 for a song today. Its like new ,but the Trigger pull is just terrible. It feels like the safety is on. What after market trigger do you guys suggest or have had experience with .Thank you


I bought a used 111 like new still in the box and the trigger was as bad as you describe. I was going to buy another trigger and have had good luck with Timney and Rifle Basix, but decided to try to adjust it. I looked online till I found a trigger that looked like it with instructions on how to adjust. The sample was another model of Savage but the trigger was the same. I fiddled with it and though it worked fine, I did not trust it when I got it down to where I like a rifle, so eased it back up to a little harder pull, I'd guess 3.5 to 4. The creep is almost all gone and it acceptable for the hunting I do with it, vastly better than when I got it.

#12156160 - Yesterday at 05:15 PM Re: Savage 111 Trigger [Re: 1Longbow]  
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I haven't touched it. I know by looking at it there is adjustment available but I've never messed with it. Never heard of spring mods.


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#12156979 - 16 hours ago Re: Savage 111 Trigger [Re: Snake River Marksman]  
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#12157348 - 12 hours ago Re: Savage 111 Trigger [Re: 1Longbow]  
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OK Leon!
I read that and I'll give it a try the first chance I get. I'm going to have to make it soon though. It's already mid July and elk season starts in September.
Any instruction on the spring?
I'll be going to Idaho Falls this afternoon and I'm going to try and pick up the Piano wire while I'm there. I've seen it in the hobby stores in the past.
The article says 40 or 45 thousandths, is one better than the other?


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#12157495 - 11 hours ago Re: Savage 111 Trigger [Re: Snake River Marksman]  
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I found that buzz bait wire (about .041) is perfect. You can get a $1 buzz bait at Walmart and cut it into two usable wires. Just match the factory wire length and angle. The buzz bait wire has the bend already there if you cut in the right spot. Just make sure you have enough tension on the wire to avoid an accidental discharge by using the bump test. If you have the set screw under the sear shelf, turn it in a bit and try it. Use some type of thread locker after making a change. I use clear fingernail polish. It is cheap and holds well. Good luck.


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