T/C New Englander trigger pull

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  1. Jun 13, 2019 #1

    Richard Dittman

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    Does anybody know how to decrease the trigger pull on a TC New Englander. Been target shooting and by the time I try to pull the trigger, I am off the center of the target.
     
  2. Jun 13, 2019 #2

    Larry (Omaha)

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    How does the lock work outside the gun? If it takes too much energy to trip the sear, you need to start with tuning the lock. If the lock is tripping easy, then the trigger pivot point most likely is the culprit, provided the sear is not dragging on wood. Depending how the trigger is put together you may or may not be able to help its' mechanical advantage. A trigger is a lever, & If you don't understand the way levers work, then you will need more help. The single trigger is basically a lever that trips the sear. Where the pivot point is place on a trigger is what gives a light or heavier pull. Altering a trigger plate will take some skill if it is even possible due to how it is already made.
    Hope this helps.
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  3. Jun 13, 2019 #3

    Zonie

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    Pull the lock and check to see if the sear with the arm that is sticking out moves freely against the spring pressure.
    Some people tighten the screw that the sear arm pivots on too tight thinking that all screws must be tight.
    This is not true for the sear screw. It should be snug but not tight. Try loosening it up and then just snugging it down. That might help.

    Also a light coat of grease on the bottom of the sear arm, where the trigger blade contacts it might make the pull easier.
     
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    Grimord

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    Exactly what I was thinking zonie. I had a similar problem with my T/C High Plains Sporter, which is basically a New Englander with a pistol grip stock. Loosening up on the sear arm screw was just the ticket for a better trigger pull.
     
  5. Jun 14, 2019 #5

    Eric Krewson

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    I built a TC hawken kit gun, it had a double set trigger and probably had a 10# front trigger unset. I pulled the trigger for a second look and found the trigger bar looked like a rough washboard. I used a sanding block with various grits of paper and took it to emory cloth smooth then polished it with a polishing wheel on a dremel. My 10# front dropped to a super smooth less than 6# trigger and the loud click of setting the trigger dropped to a whisper.

    Your trigger bar may be really rough even though it is a single trigger.

    In the picture you can still see how rough the trigger bar is where I didn't smooth it out.

    tc rough trigger.JPG
     
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  6. Jun 14, 2019 #6

    Elkeater

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    If my NE trigger pull gets heavy I am reminded to clean the lock. Just a little dirt in the sear plunger makes a big difference.

    Thanks Eric, now I have to polish a lot of trigger bars.
     
  7. Jun 15, 2019 #7

    Richard Dittman

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    Thanks for all the ideas. I will look into them this weekend
     
  8. Jun 15, 2019 #8

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    Mine is about five pounds. Stiff but adequate for the purpose.
     

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