Standard Class Trigger Weight

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Standard Class Trigger Weight

Post by jbzeus » Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:19 pm

Wondering what the "standard" trigger pull weight is for a standard class rifle. Yes, I know it is personal preference but like a lot of things there usually is a standard or "what the pros use" so I'm curious.

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Re: Standard Class Trigger Weight

Post by DavidABQ » Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:08 am

I thought it was any safe trigger? Perhaps it is left to the whim of the match director; I can't remember.

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Re: Standard Class Trigger Weight

Post by ShootingStar » Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:22 am

jbzeus,
The rule book says "any safe trigger pull" - so as a Match Director, I don't measure it - I just do the bump test on an empty chamber.

Now if what you are really asking is "What weight do the top shooters set their SB rifles to?" that's another question I can't answer.
I do know of a couple of folks who have their Standard Rifle set to 2-4 oz.
There's getting to be fewer and fewer people using dedicated Smallbore (Standard) Rifles. Several top shooters have benchrest actions mated to top-name barrels - cut to length to make Hunter weight (with super-light stocks) and just shoot the best 2lb-1oz trigger they can get.

Probably not much help to you.

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Re: Standard Class Trigger Weight

Post by jbzeus » Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:32 am

Yes, that is my question. For those who shoot a standard rifle for standard instead of their hunter rifle what are the top shooters setting their trigger weight at?

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Post by Emietenkorte » Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:37 pm

I only shoot one rifle for both hunter and standard in smallbore but I shoot a separate standard rifle and hunter rifle for high power. I have the triggers set exactly the same, 2lbs 1oz on both standard and hunter rifles. If I shot two rifles for smallbore I would do the same thing. I don't want the inconsistency of different trigger weights when I'm at a match, I just use the additional weight of my standard rifle to minimize the movement. I'm not saying it's the only way, it's just the way that seems to work for me.

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Re: Standard Class Trigger Weight

Post by snipes » Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:42 am

Interesting question. I use two separate rifles, but mainly because I have two different rifles I want to enjoy. I won't be winning any championships anytime soon though.
I do have a question regarding the multiple comments about 2 lbs. 1 oz. What scales are you all using to give yourself that level of confidence of knowing you are exactly 1 oz. over the minimum? Any time I adjust mine I always worry I will be under and the last thing I want to do that morning is pull my stock off and adjust the trigger. So I end up going for 2.5 lbs or so.

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Post by Evelio Mc Donald » Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:59 am

The best way to check the trigger pull, is to use a certified set of weights that has a hook and hangs on the trigger with the gun upright. You cock the trigger, sit the weight set on the floor ( with two lbs. weights on it ) stick the hook on the trigger and lift the gun slowly, it should pick up the weight without releasing the trigger, if it does goes off, you are too low. This is the way that the trigger pull is checked at the big matches.
The set is available from Brownell's.
Needless to say to make sure the gun is empty prior to checking the trigger pull.
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Re: Standard Class Trigger Weight

Post by Emietenkorte » Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:57 am

I have the Lyman Trigger Pull Gauge which gives a good ball park, how you pull and direction sometimes gives a variation. As Evelio said above, the trigger weights are the best way to go. I normally use the gauge to get it close and then use the weights.

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Re: Standard Class Trigger Weight

Post by jbzeus » Sat Oct 14, 2017 3:46 pm

All good information but the only answer to my question seems to be that even though you can use a lower pull weight folks are using 2# for their standard gun as well as the hunter. I get keeping the weights the same for consistency I just thought folks might be using something like 8oz since they could go lower.

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Re: Standard Class Trigger Weight

Post by Jason » Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:33 pm

I have my standard class smallbore rifle trigger set at about 12 ounces. I tried it as low as 6 ounces like my prone rifle, but that was just too low for me for a rifle that is only shot standing. I don't really shoot my standard rifle that much anymore. I usually shoot my hunter rifle for both classes.

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Re: Standard Class Trigger Weight

Post by Jerry G » Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:15 am

Way back when I shot my standard rifle, it was set at 3 oz.

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