Anyone who’s ever used a Remington 700 Rifle will tell you that it is one of the best bolt action rifles, especially for hunting. Sadly, the same cannot be said about its trigger. In some instances, the trigger has actually led to the rifle being recalled for being too dangerous.
Whether the Remington 700 trigger is faulty by default or the problem of unintentional discharging is as a result of poor maintenance is debatable. What is not debatable is that the best option is to get a replacement trigger.
There is a huge selection of Remington 700 aftermarket accessories due to its popularity. This can make finding the best Remington 700 trigger difficult as there are countless options. Luckily I have scoured the market in search of best trigger for Remington 700.
My search yielded over twenty different triggers all with something to offer. But to make things easy I narrowed down the list to five. In this article, I will be reviewing five of the best replacement trigger for Remington 700.
I have selected these triggers based on a number of things. First is how they performed and their overall reputation. Second is the quality of their construction. And lastly, what features they come with.
The Best Rated Remington 700 Trigger
JEWELL TRIGGERS, INC. - REMINGTON 700/40X & WIN M70 RIFLE TRIGGERS
- 440 stainless steel construction
- 1.2mm thick
- 1.5 to 48-ounce pull weight
On the face of things, the Remington 700/40X & Win m70 rifle triggers look like your typical standard triggers. It is easy to install and has an adjustable pull force. And that’s where its comparison with most standard triggers end.
Ordinarily, most triggers have an adjustable pull force of between 8 ounces and 10 pounds. But this is no ordinary trigger as it gives an adjustable pull force of between 1.5 and 48 ounces. This makes it one of the most versatile trigger mechanisms out there.
To adjust the pull weight, you will obviously have to change the springs. And it does come with three trigger springs. It is worth noting that choosing the heavier pull weight can lead to unintentional discharge in untrained hands.
In regards to construction, this trigger is superbly constructed. The inside components are crafted from high grade 440 stainless steel. Thus, it is capable of surviving extreme weather conditions. It is also easy to install on Remington 700 rifle.
Obviously, you will need to follow the instructions manual, but it is not that complicated. All in all, this is a very versatile trigger that can be used for tactical and hunting applications. Also, it can work with 40X type rifles.
GEISSELE AUTOMATICS LLC - REMINGTON 700 SUPER 700 TRIGGERS
- 12 ounce to 3.5-pound adjustable pull weight
- Two separate sears
- Triple redundant safety mechanism
- Can be single or two-stage pull
The Mk 13 sniper rifle that is a staple of the US military uses a Geisel automatic trigger. Thus a Geissele automatic trigger was bound to make it on my list. And the one that did is the Super 700 Triggers.
Designed for the Remington 700 it is based on the same trigger that Geissel developed for the Mk 13 sniper rifle. What makes it stand out from the pack though is how adjustable it is. It can be configured into either a single stage or two stage trigger.
Another thing that makes them stand out is the adjustable pull weight. You can adjust the pull weight from 12 ounces to 3.5 pounds. But what is most interesting is the fact that you can adjust the pull weight while the trigger is installed.
According to the manufacturer, these triggers are 100% drop in meaning no alterations or gunsmith skills are required. Online reviews on this trigger system seemed to agree with this claim. Meaning that it is easy to install.
Initially, the triggers were designed for the US Navy. As such, they are built from high-quality materials. To be more specific the trigger system is build using polished aircraft grade aluminum alloy.
TIMNEY - REMINGTON 700 TRIGGER W/SAFETY CURVED SHOE
- Aluminum billet housing
- Heat-treated steel internals
- Polished trigger surfaces
- .375 inch wide shoe
If I popularity was the main criteria for choosing the best replacement trigger for Remington 700 then the Timney Remington 700 Trigger would be top. This popular replacement trigger is another drop-in system that requires no alterations to be made.
In fact, this trigger is ideal for people who are not mechanically inclined or who lack the skill of taking this apart. However, this is not the only reason why it is a favorite of many. Its wider trigger blade is another reason.
This wider trigger blade gives your finger more movement and makes controlling the trigger easier. In addition, this wider trigger blade makes it easy to use with gloves on. This is something that hunters will find particularly beneficial.
The pull weight can be adjusted from 1.5 pounds to 4 pounds. Not the most impressive adjustable pull weight but it is still ideal for a variety of tasks. In particular, it is ideal for hunting purposes.
It is not too light as to be dangerous out in the field. On the other hand, it has a wider trigger blade compared to the stock Remington 700 trigger. This makes it one of the best aftermarket trigger for Remington 700.
SHILEN - REMINGTON 700/40X/XP-100 ADJUSTABLE TRIGGERS
- Carbon steel construction
- Serrated 4.3mm wide shoe
- Adjustable sear engagement
- Adjustable pull weight of 1.5pound to 3 pound
There aren’t many triggers as adjustable as the Shilen triggers. With this trigger, you can adjust the sear engagement, pull weight, and over travel. All this you can adjust based on your preference.
Apart from being adjustable, it is also easy to install. It comes with a set of Allen's head set screws that allow you to make small and precise adjustments. A hex nut locks the screws securely.
Inside the Shilen’s inner components are heat treated and made of steel. This gives it durability and toughness. Overall, the triggers are made from carbon steel and are available either in matte blue or stainless steel finish.
It is compatible with both the Remington rifle and XD-100 pistols with rear-grip. And what is more interesting about this trigger is that it is ambidextrous. Meaning it can be used for both left and right handed actions.
The standard shilen trigger has an adjustable pull weight of between 1.5 pounds and 3 pounds. If you want more pull weight, there is the competition version with 2 to 6 pounds pull weight. It is ideal for target practice and competitions.
TIMNEY - REMINGTON 700 CALVIN ELITE TRIGGER
- Self-contained drop in trigger
- 6061-T6 CNC machined aluminum construction
- Double sear design
- 8 ounce to 2.5-pound adjustable pull weight
Timney triggers all come in a matte black finish. But there is one that comes in a distinguishable golden finish. The Calvin Elite Trigger is a special Trigger from Timney. Designed as an alternative to the Remington 700’s default trigger it has a lot going for it.
To start with it is exceptionally light. The adjustable pull can be adjusted from a meager 8 ounces all the way to 2.5 pounds. Its pull weight is not as heavy as that of others on this list. If you are used to heavier triggers, this might take some time getting used to.
Similar to all the other triggers on this list, it is of a better quality compared to the Remington 700’s stock trigger. All the important components have a Teflon Nickel coating. While the exterior of the trigger is made from CNC machined aluminum.
It is also a drop-in trigger that does not require any alterations to be made. This makes it easy to install. In addition to this, it also features a double sear design. What this means is that you get a better grip and feel.
On top of this, it also shines in the safety department thanks to its two position trigger blocking side safety. The purposes of this safety is to protect you against any unwanted discharging of your firearm. There is also the lifetime warranty that it comes with that makes it even more appealing.
Best Remington 700 Triggers Buying Guide
Before settling on a trigger for your Remington 700, it is important to consider the qualities that make up the best Remington 700 trigger. Here are the most important qualities to consider when shopping for a replacement trigger.
Triggers are constructed from all sorts of material. However, only those constructed from CNC machined aluminum or steel are worth your time. Aluminum and steel are very durable metals that can be turned into corrosion resistant materials.
Your replacement trigger should be made from either one of these two metals. And when it comes to steel, it can either be stainless or carbon steel. Inside a good replacement, the trigger should have heat resistant components.
Corrosion resistance and heat treatment of internal parts will protect your trigger in case of an internal malfunction.
This term refers to the amount of force required to pull the trigger. Most replacement triggers have adjustable pull weights. This means you can adjust the pull weight to fit your desired purpose and shooting style.
In my experience, I have found that a pull weight of between 2.5 and 4 pounds I ideal for hunting. On the flip side, a lighter pull weight will be ideal for long range shooting. The kind of trigger you go for will depend mainly on your shooting style.
It is, however, important to note that changing the pull weight can be a technical process and if done wrong can lead to a faulty trigger. So if you are unsure of how to adjust the pull weight of your trigger, it is better to seek assistance or leave it as it is.
Single stage vs. two stage
Replacement triggers are either single stage or two stage. Of course, there are those that give you the flexibility of both single and two stage. But what exactly does this mean? In the firearms industry, a single stage trigger is one that breaks immediately you pull it.
On the other hand, a two-stage trigger produces a sort of a crank sound when you pull it. Ideally, two stage triggers are ideal for precision shooting. Meaning that single stage triggers are best for tactical applications.
For hunting purposes especially hunting that involves shooting at targets from long distance a two-stage trigger is ideal. This kind of trigger allows you to make micro adjustments before firing a shot.
Ease of use
The whole point of buying a replacement trigger is to replace your gun’s existing trigger. As such, there are some modifications that you may need to make. Thankfully this is not the case with modern triggers.
Most modern replacement triggers are what you would call drop-in triggers. This means you can easily slot them into the trigger area without making any alterations. Thus, when looking for a replacement trigger for your Remington 700 always go for a drop-in.
Also, a good replacement trigger should be adjustable in terms of sear engagement and over travel. In addition to having an adjustable pull weight.
The Remington 700 is undoubtedly an exceptional rifle. But a rifle is only as good as its weakest link. And given the disappointing reputation that the gun’s stock trigger has acquired over the years buying a replacement is always a wise move.
However, not every replacement trigger out there will be a good fit for your Remington. The best Remington 700 trigger will be easy to install and use. The five replacement triggers I have reviewed above are some of the best out there.
They all offer unique features suited to the Remington. In conclusion, there are very many Remington 700 replacement triggers. But not all are worth their asking price. To get value for your money I recommend doing some basic research before buying a trigger.
This article is a great place to start your search. With this in mind, I hope you now have the confidence to go shopping for a replacement trigger for your Remington.