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A Bolt trigger adjustment

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I sighted in my Browning A Bolt today, and I noticed the trigger seemed hard to squeeze. I am used to the action of my BAR, and it seems to have a light squeeze. Neither one of the rifles has "creep" in the trigger, but the A Bolt effort to fire is very distracting. I have read it has an adjustable trigger, but just what is adjustable? The pull, creep or stop? I located one screw behind the trigger when I first cleaned it. Is the one screw the extent of adjustability? Screw in or out to lighten pull?
By the way, the accuracy and group size perfarmance was great as judged by this "inaccurate" shooter :roll: .
Thanks for any help. 8)
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Step one is the owner's manual... it will explain what is adjustable and how to do it. With most recent (the last 10 years or so) production rifles, they have "lawyer triggers" with a heavy, non-adjustable pull. The overtravel stop is usually the only adjustment.

The new Savage adjustable trigger is supposed to be pretty slick, but is only available on new Savage rifles. For an A-bolt, if your factory trigger isn't adjustable, I'd look into an aftermarket trigger such as a Timney. Unless you REALLY know what you're doing, don't mess with the trigger - I've seen the results of unqualified tinkering, and they aren't pretty (50-50 odds that the gun fires when the bolt is closed, a safety that doesn't work, or a rifle that fires when the safety is clicked off).
Triggers are not a good thing for a rookie gunsmith to tinker with. Take it to a qualified smith and have them look at it. With the exception of the Savage Accutrigger (it is fantastic), most factory centerfire rifles have what are termed "lawyer" triggers and pull at about 7 lbs, maybe more due to lawsuits "triggered" by folks who adjusted triggers on their firearms and did not have a real good idea as to what they were doing.

A good smith can get the trigger down to 3-4 lbs and possibly smooth it out. First thing I used to do when I got a new centerfire piece was take it to the smith to have the trigger adjusted before heading to the range to sight it in. Cost is around $50 and generally worth it.

Since Savage has accutrigger on all its models, the smith has been getting a lot less business from me on triggers.

Good Luck.
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