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    anyone lighten trigger pull by cutting coils off the spring. just wondering if it worked or just better off just replacing the spring with a lighter one. also thinking about polishing trigger parts for a smoother pull my creep will still be there but maybe a little more smooth. anyone have any experience with either of these or are they both stupid a$@ ideas. let me know. thanks. all else fails ill just buy the timney i guess. by the way the gun is a .300 wm ruger m77 mark II with a trigger pull in the 2.5 ton range.

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    Thats not the best way to lighten a trigger as firing pin impact lessens and can lead to missfires. Better to polish sear parts but if you don't know the right way to do that ,you better leave it to a real gunsmith as that can lead to unexpected noise if not done right.

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    Just buy the Timney, I've installed a couple dozen, they work well.
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    I've cut coils off both Remington 581's and 700's. One coil at a time. Worked pretty slick, especially on the 581's. Never had any misfires either.

    Not sure how lightening this spring could cause misfires since the spring in the bolt surrounding the firing pin is what pops the primer.
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    Another vote for Timney. They usually come already set just like I like them.

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    Yup. I'm guilty of fuzzy thinking. For some reason I was thinking revolvers not bolt guns. Yes, lightening the trigger spring could lighten the trigger pull. But most of the heavy trigger may be from poor sear angle and rough surfaces. It's possible to remove the sear spring and still have a heavy rough trigger. A timney is a sure fix.

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    On the ruger mkII trigger the first thing you need to do is mirror polish the sear surfaces, don't mess with the angles. I love Ruger designs, but their cost savings by leaving some parts as cast leaves me cold, especially in the trigger and sear. This alone should drop the pull weight, but a lighter return spring may be needed. Having worked on several mkII's, they seemed to have gone to a heavier trigger return spring on the newer mkII's, i.e. those that had the bolt milled for true crf vs. the first ones that had the claw extractor but push feed.

    If you d/t the trigger housing for an overtravel screw you'll have a real class act trigger, and one that is simple with very few parts. Honestly I think the mkII trigger is one of the best hunting trigger designs, it just doesn't recieve the proper hand fitting from the factory it needs.
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    thanks for the advice! any advice on the best material to use for polishing? ive heard of a couple things but im not sure which way to go.

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