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Thread: Best trigger gauge who makes it?

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    Best trigger gauge who makes it?

    Would like to hear some discussion on the best of the trigger gauges out there on the market.

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    I've used various methods, bird shot in a heavy duty ziplock to confirm a 500g trigger break on a match Air Pistol. I've also used the RCBS which is OK and I now use a hanging weight set that goes to 8 lbs in 1/4lb increments which is slower but precise.

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    Hanging weight set is interesting but I need something compact that I can pack in a gun bag.

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    I have been using a Wheeler trigger gauge that I got from Midway. It isn't the best, but it reads the same as hanging weight and seems to be consistent.
    It was about $20 and is small enough to carry in a range kit.

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    I have the cheaper RCBS. It must be 30 years old. It is accurate and consistent and would not take up a lot of space.

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    The pull springs work and get you very close Lyman RCBS wheeler all make these. They give a decent repeatable pull weight. I have the rcbs and like it as it has a sliding indicator that stays at the highest point. Lymann has a digital out too.

    Most match rules on trigger weight sate must lift or hold xxx lbs. Service rifle s 4 1/2 lbs. and when checked they use a hanging weight of the correct weight. I have one made with a cup that hold lead shot. shot can be trickled in to close then one piece dropped at a time until the sear trips. And then the shot cup and hanger is measured on a postal scales. I have seen the hanging weight set with 1 lb, usually 3ea, 8 ounce lb 3-4 each, 4 ounce 2 ea, and 2 ounce 2 ea. the weight of the hanger and base is the constant you can get below. These also take a steady hand to use accurately.

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    The Lyman electronic trigger gauge works very well. I have used it to set the triggers on several service rifles.
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    I use my rcbs to set the service rifles triggers also but then double check them with the hang weight.

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    Ive got a WWII
    armourers trigger gauge ,been using it for years.

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    Kind of looking at the Lyman electronic and the Wheeler electronic gauges right now.

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    I have the RCBS and just inherited a 40 yr old Ohaus. I like the pull break indicator on the RCBS but the old Ohaus has a better trigger hook and is half the size.

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    The Wheeler spring (analog) type gives very repeatable, relative results for ~$20. You can have confidence that one trigger pull is the same (or different) than another with this device.

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    I enjoy my Lyman electronic. Not sure what would be the "best" though.

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    I use the RCBS. Seems to be consistent and no issues with it.

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    Theres a lot of things that make a great trigger. Length off pull, break point, distance to the break, crispness. On a 2 stage theres also the length to first stage and then length of second stage. weight distribution between first and second stage. I have felt 4 1/2 lb triggers that feel like 2 lbs due to the short second stage and the first stage take up. Weight is important but only a small part of a great trigger

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6bg6ga View Post
    Kind of looking at the Lyman electronic and the Wheeler electronic gauges right now.
    I use a Lyman digital. It works well for what I do, but I have no idea how precise it is.
    To get consistency, I put the gun level in a vise or rest, and make sure I'm pulling the scale straight back, with the bar inline (parallel) to the gun. A consistent pull gives consistent readings (as long as there's not something wonky with the trigger). Pull firmly to the rear, without jerking, and slowly increase pressure.
    John T.

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    I have an RCBS and some homemade hanging weights, made with shot at home. Was in Arizona one winter a while back and had forgotten to bring scale along. I made a stop at Walmart sporting goods and found a fishing scale with large dial. I think it was somewhere around $3. Made a 2 and 4 pound weight to test and calibrate. No stop on it, so I simply count up the scale out loud as I slowly pull. Not match accuracy, but works great when I am working on a trigger and want to see progress.

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    I like Wagner force gauges, but they cost more than the rifle.
    I have been able to collect the whole set for cheap on Ebay.

    Big companies buy them, and no big companies want them used.

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