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Dredonn

What to look for in chossing a new trigger.

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Hi I'm fairly new to this forum and also ARs, I recently bought a Savage MSR 10 in .308, and love shooting it. I was told I'd get even better groups if I was to upgrade the trigger, I've been looking at a few different ones and realized I don't have enough info to chose the right one. So here's my question, as a person who's never changed out a trigger before, what features am I to look for, also 2 stage vs single stag, I'll mostly be spot and stalking hunting hogs in Fl. and maybe shooting some deer. Any help would be greatly appreciated, I don't want just go and get a trigger and then not be happy with it.

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The key is figuring out if you prefer single stage or two stage and go from there. Typically a trigger upgrade does make a lot of difference vs a standard mil spec trigger.

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There is no formula to work out your problem because trigger choice/preference is so very very subjective.

But like Edgecrusher says, first you need to decide on single or 2 stage, from there it's purely fine tuning your preference.

I like both single and 2 stage triggers, 2 stage for target/long range when you are working on precision, single for competition/hunting where you want a 'fast' trigger for possible multiple shots quickly.

But again, it's very subjective and the most personal thing in your rifle is your trigger.

 

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Thanks for the advise guys, I guess from what I've seen a 2 stag trigger is more for long range precision shooting, but what I'll be doing most is short range and multiple shots quickly. So I'm thinking that a single stage with a short reset is what I need.

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I prefer two stage. Some of mine, super three gun from geiselle, have such short resets that it feels like a single. Others, like my ssa-e’s are great for precision.

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im on the larue band wagon!! sales are on right now. its a fast trigger.  I love the ssa-e also for bench rest. shooters choice. 

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You can shoot a 2-stage trigger FAST. Trust me.  If it's a good one, you won't have any issues at all shooting it fast.  It's tough to make a good single stage trigger into "an excellent accuracy trigger."  For accuracy, the 2-stage trigger rules the world.  If it's good.

The one trigger that breaks these rules is the Geissele Super 3 Gun trigger - there just about is NO takeup on it...  That's the fastest single stage trigger you'll ever find, and you can shoot it accurately, at distance.  I prefer other 2-stage triggers, at distance, but that one will work. It's more designed for speed, but with practice, you can be accurate with it.

If I was in your shoes, I'd pick up one of two triggers, only.  Geissele SSA-E (3.5lb combined pull), or the LaRue MBT-2S (4.5lb combined pull).  That G-trigger is gonna run you $250 all day long, with a sale. The LaRue is gonna run you $87 from now 'til Christmas.

Your call.

I've switched over now to almost running that LaRue in almost everything I have.  I did pick up another G Hi-Speed Match trigger last spring, for a specific build, and I have just about every G-trigger you can imagine, and they're all great, but for the money, that LaRue trigger really delivers.  Which is why I keep buying it...

My $0.02...

Edited by 98Z5V

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Beware if you're shopping the Geissele triggers used, or from an unknown retailer. All Geissele triggers have a "G" on the top backside of the trigger bow.  The Geissele Hi-Speed triggers have a "GA" on the trigger bow...  none of the other Geissele triggers have that "GA" on there.  That's "Geissele Automatics" and it's only on the Hi-Speed triggers (National Match, DMR, and Service Rifle triggers).  :thumbup:

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I would also recommend that LaRue MBT. I have SSA and SSA-E and the MBT is every bit as good quality and feel, SSA-E is just a touch lighter. For the money LaRue has it down. I do still want to get one with a GA on the trigger bow though. :hail:

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I've been looking into that Larue and it seems everyone really likes it, and you can't beat that price. Hopefully I'll be able to get one before the sale ends, thanks for all the info gentlemen, I feel more informed about my decision now. ?

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A “good” single stage trigger is $$$. Look at PACT Gold, Jard and Timney for examples. 

Im a single stage fan, but I’m not a long distance shooter. I like sturdy combat triggers. 

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I use the Larue MBT 2S in my hunting AR's. They work well, and are fast. A couple weekends ago I lucked into a group of hogs at about 200yrds. It was as close as I could get. Thankfully, they were in a large clearing. First shot resulted in a drt, second shot resulted in a hog dead that ran approx. 30yrds and dropped, third shot miss, fourth shot resulted in a hit and blood trail to the property boundary where we couldn't go. That third hog is probably dead, but we'll never know. The Larue MBT 2S triggers work very well. And, I personally can't see any way that they slowed me down in my shooting. Those hogs run pretty dang fast. The rifle, a PA10 with 18" barrel, 168grn TTSX handloads at 2552fps five shot average.

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Doesn't the Savage MSR10 come with a pretty decent Blackhawk Blaze 2 stage trigger? My buddies MSR10 did but it might be a slightly different model. 

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On 3/28/2019 at 8:47 PM, dubya said:

Doesn't the Savage MSR10 come with a pretty decent Blackhawk Blaze 2 stage trigger? My buddies MSR10 did but it might be a slightly different model. 

The Hunter has a single stage trigger, not sure who makes is but it's around 8 lbs, I'd like to drop that to between 3 and 5 lbs.

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