Setting Triggers , before or after cocking ?

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Stykbow

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I usually set my trigger as soon as I enter the woods. I figure it’s one less thing to worry about when game comes along.
 

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I depress the front trigger then silent cock the hammer. Hold the hammer back while releasing the front trigger. Slowly let off the hammer to insure it is at full cock. Then set the trigger. One click instead of several.

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As Poker mentioned, there are several locks out there that require that the set trigger be set before cocking the hammer. If not done, the hammer will not stay back. I have several guns that have locks that require setting first.
 
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Elzay , in his tale of successfully shooting a Speed Goat ,Successful Speed Goat Season! , mentioned he set his triggers then fully cocked his rifle . I have always cocked my rifles with set triggers then set the trigger , Have I been doing it wrong all these years or is there no set rule ?
There is no set rule. There is only the rule that works for your rifle or for your shooting need. I have some target rifles that can only be cocked when the triggers are set. One rifle can only be fired when the triggers are set. The front trigger is only the release for the set trigger.
 

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I have a CVA Mountain Rifle that I set at 1/2 cock because I can. I have a custom .45 flinter that cannot bet set at 1/2 cock. I prefer being able to set it at 1/2 cock.
 

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I've always set at the half cock.
Don't know if that's correct or not but that's how I've done it.
 
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Elzay , in his tale of successfully shooting a Speed Goat ,Successful Speed Goat Season! , mentioned he set his triggers then fully cocked his rifle . I have always cocked my rifles with set triggers then set the trigger , Have I been doing it wrong all these years or is there no set rule ?
In my experience with set triggers: If the front trigger bar when in the raised position (triggers not set) is exerting pressure on the sear, the sear will not consistently, or maybe never, fully engage in the tumbler full cock notch. Just depends on what you have and how it is installed.
Larry
 

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For target shooting on the range I cock then set. For hunting, my rifles will fire set or unset and I do not set. With heavy clothes, gloves, cold and usually some nervousness, I believe a light trigger is a bad idea and can result in misses or wounding shots. However, bottom line is, it yer choice.
Yup, me too!
 
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