Thanks for all the contributors on this thread. I'm a total gun newb, but mechanically inclined. I just got my first gun, a Marlin 795, and did most of these mods already.
I don't have a proper trigger pull gauge, but did the bucket with water trick to get a rough idea....
Initial, brand new from the box: 4321g = 9.53 lbs
My first mod was to replace the trigger spring with a floppy disk spring.
Revised pull: 3588g = 7.91 lbs
I couldn't believe I got a 1.6 lbs reduction from that one spring!
I did all the other mods (so far) in a single sitting, so I didn't get numbers from each stage.
Mods done in second sitting:
- Polish everything!
(That was time consuming, and I could probably get some parts finished even better than they are)
- small bend to sear spring
- removed 1/2 coil on the hammer spring
Current Pull: 1763g = 3.89 lbs
Total REDUCTION: 2558g = 5.64 lbs!
I didn't mess with the sear at all, and only polished up the hammer surfaces. I don't want to get into that until after I've had a chance to break the thing in, so I don't over do it.
Less than 4 lbs is decent for a starting point, isn't it?
I picked up a Simmons Mag 22, 3-9x32 scope pretty cheap, and am just waiting on some rings to get it mounted.
Now I just have to get out to a range.
Thanks again to everyone here