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Trigger adjustment on an old Vanguard

Trigger adjustment on an old Vanguard
« on: August 16, 2017, 04:08:21 AM »
I'm trying to do some updates on my 1975 Weatherby Vanguard. I bought a Bell and Carlson stock that was supposed to fit all Weatherbys and it required some modification due to the bolt release assembly. I also bought a new Timney Trigger. The Timney is not working without milling some of the bottom metal to allow for the trigger to be pulled and sear released. It's getting close enough to season that the modifications will wait till winter. My question is if it's possible to adjust trigger weight on the older vanguards. It has two bolts on the front and one on the rear, I assume one of them will let me adjust the pull, however I don't want to pick the wrong one and jack the sear engagement up this close to season. Thanks.

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Re: Trigger adjustment on an old Vanguard
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2017, 06:07:46 AM »
A quick search on old posts concerning trigger adjustments on the older Vanguards shows that all references to the original vanguard have been pulled. If you can get an older manual, or if one of the Nation members has an old manual, if an adjustment can be made, it'll be in there. My 2007 manual says "Unload the rifle, remove the trigger guard assembly, loosen the lock nut on the front adjusting screw. To increase weight of trigger pull, turn the front adjusting screw clockwise until the desired pull weight is established. To decrease the weight of the trigger pull, turn the front adjusting screw counter-clockwise till desired weight is established."  Actually theres not much adjustment that will happen when adjusting it this way, but thats all you can do. You have to be careful not to back off the screw(while decreasing the pull weight)or the safety will lock up and not work.( you'll have your rifle in the safe position but you can still pull the trigger and it will go off which is extremely dangerous) Putting in the Timney trigger is the best advice I can give you, and you won' regret it.
   
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Re: Trigger adjustment on an old Vanguard
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2017, 06:13:15 AM »
The manual also says ," For safety reasons, weight of the trigger pull cannot be adjusted below 3 1/4 lbs. for safety reasons."
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« Last Edit: August 16, 2017, 06:26:26 AM by danno50 »
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Re: Trigger adjustment on an old Vanguard
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2017, 08:18:46 AM »
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Re: Trigger adjustment on an old Vanguard
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2017, 04:13:24 PM »
dods, if you are attempting to adjust a factory Vanguard, don't.  Probably the worst candidate for adjustment around.  Most get a new Timney instead of attempting adjusting a factory.  Inletting a B&C for a Timney usually only takes an hour or two.  Good luck
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Re: Trigger adjustment on an old Vanguard
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2017, 09:12:29 PM »
The original Vanguard trigger is a little hit or miss as far as the potential for adjustment, but I'd sure try it before shelling out $130 for an aftermarket trigger. What you will find is it either adjusts nicely and you like it, or it is one where you can't adjust out all the creep and get a nice, crisp break and still be able to engage the safety on the rifle. It's definitely worth a try if you know how to adjust and test a trigger. If you don't, either let a gunsmith or Weatherby do it, or swap it to a Timney or RifleBasix.
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