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My 9 year old and I are starting a traditions Crockett kit for her to squirrel hunt with. It was delivered yesterday. I'm a decent woodworker but have never built a kit before. after getting the barrel and lock plate in place and fitting well, I started on the triggers. I've got them in the precarved inlet all the way but they don't contact the sear bar at all. Don't even touch with trigger pulled as far as you can. How deep should they be? touching or almost touching the sear bar before setting. shure looks like I'm going to have to take out an awful lot of wood to make that happen. just wanted to make sure I'm not missing something before I go too deep.
 

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Set triggers should not touch the sear bar. Close, but not in contact. First step is to determine if the triggers are correctly adjusted. The unset rear trigger bar should only be slightly above the assembly. The lock sear needs to be low on the plate when in full cock. In a high quality lock the sear will rest at the same spot at any point, but you have to work with what you have. Can you post photos of your triggers and inside of the lock?
 

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Thanks for the help. I'm at work but will try to get some pictures up when I get home this evening.
 

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Do you the full range of motion when the lock is in the stock? Can you move the hammer from the fired position all the way to full cock? That will change the position of the sear bar. If not, you will have to get clearance for the full movement of the sear. But be careful, as the sear bar at full cock is very close to the level of the bottom of the lock plate.
 

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If the front trigger blade doesn't reach the sear bar when the trigger is pulled until it stops, the problem is usually the blade is hanging up on the wood in the mortise.
To find out where this is happening you can apply a layer of carbon to the blade by holding it in a candle flame or, apply a light coating of lipstick onto the blade, especially on the top and rear.
Then, install the trigger assembly into the stock and pull the front trigger several times. Remove the trigger assembly from the stock and look up into the mortise to find the place where it made contact and left some of the carbon or lipstick.
Remove that wood with a small chisel. You might have to do this several times to fix the problem.

Once done, the trigger blades should not bear on the sear bar on the lock. There should always be a little free play.
 

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Thanks for all the help. I'll try to figure out how to post some pictures, but with what you all have explained I'm pretty sure the triggers are just not inlet deep enough into the stock I did some measuring and it appears I have about .226 of an inch of free space between the top of the trigger assembly and the bottom of the sear bar.
 

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Your parts look normal. Place the lock in the stock and measure the distance from the sear to the trigger inlet. Check this against the distance from the trigger bar to the surface that seats into the stock. With this you can determine if the triggers will reach the sear. Inlet if needed but only just get them close not touching.
 

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Thanks, that was the problem. I've got the inlet deep enough now and they are working as they should. I've got a lot of extra wood to take off the bottom of the stock now but that's alright a thin wrist will be better for my girl anyway.
again thanks for all the help and advice. Hopefully we won't have any more issues and I'll post some pictures when we get it finished up.
 

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Good on you for building this rifle with your daughter!!!
 

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Blushing the iron nitrate. Wasn't sure how that would work on Beech but it is turning out to be a very nice color.
She started singing "oh oh it's magic" as the color changed.
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The color change may seem to be magic, but its chemistry as heat causes the tannins to darken.

Way to persevere on getting the triggers to work. Good to see your daughter helping with the build.
 

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I have two older kids, one boy and one girl, neither of them have any interest in hunting or fishing. This one likes hunting and shooting and building things so I try to keep her interested. We got the barrel and under rib blued today too but didn't get any pictures. A few more coats of finish on the wood and we will start putting it back together. Thanks for all the positive comments.
 

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Howdy:
It's great to see your young'un getting involved. We need more kids like that if we want to keep this tradition alive. It's more than just a Hobby, it's history and our heritage!
God bless you both:
Two Feathers
 

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Well it's not perfect but a 9 year old's attention span will only go so far. She did pretty much all the stock finishing and and the blueing with just me telling her how. It's a little nose heavy for her but she's at that age where they grow like wildfire so I figure she will be able to handle it pretty good by next squirrel season. Hopefully we can get a chance to sight it in one evening this week.
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She's pretty proud of herself.
 

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