I was out moose hunting this winter and brought my Winchester M70. After shooting once, I proceeded to feed another round. As I was closing the bolt, the rifle fired. A friend of mine was behind me and was a bit spooked as was I. I know my hand was not on the trigger because I was using my trigger hand to close the bolt. I also am sure that nothing was even touching the trigger.
When I first purchased the rifle about 5 years ago, I had to adjust the trigger because it was factory set at about 6 pounds. In order to get it down to about 4 pounds, I had to adjust the trigger all the way down. It is by no means a hair trigger and actually could be set lower to help with accuracy.
The day this all happened was a cold day at about 0 degrees F. So I am guessing that moisture may have frozen on to the trigger mechanism and froze the trigger down. And of course as I am feeding another round into the chamber the safety is off.
I called Winchester and all they said is that I could send the gun to them to have the trigger readjusted back to factory setting. I asked what this entails. They indicated to me that they would simply adjust the trigger up to the factory setting of over 5 pounds. Now, how is this a fix and how can you shoot accurately! I told them since they sold a gun with an adjustable trigger, I simply adjusted the trigger so that I could shoot it properly. Also, I asked if this would be at my own expense. Winchester indicated that it most likely would be at my expense. So, why would I send my gun through the mail to have it "fixed" so that I could not shoot it properly? Maybe Winchester does not take safety as serious as I thought.
Any thoughts on this? I am wondering if I should simply get a gunsmith to rework the trigger or reinstall a new one?