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Old 03-19-2019, 04:03 PM
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I was in the market for a 17HMR rifle and couldn't pass up the deal at Walmart for a Savage 93R17 heavy barrel and wood stock for $199. Unfortunately, this rifle didn't come with an Accutrigger. Tested the action and trigger when I got home and thought I made a big mistake. They were stiff and super gritty. I spent close to 6 hours honing and polishing the bolt inside and out. That plus a liberal coat of oil and the bolt now works pretty well. Took it to the range and tested it at 50 and 100 yards. Even with a horrible trigger and 15 mph winds I was able to get 1 to 1.5 MOA groups. I'm impressed. Can't wait to tune up that trigger to see what this thing will do.
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Old 03-21-2019, 10:18 AM
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Gobigkauna, have you called Savage to see if an accutrigger could be retrofitted in your rifle? I have the 9317HMR with the accutrigger adjusted to just under 3 lb.s and it is very nice. There are a number of aftermarket triggers out there, but they are a bit expensive. If you aren't able to smooth your trigger out, that might be an alternative move. I am surprised that it did not have some type of adjustment in the stock tigger. I am not familiar with the trigger at all, but a lighter trigger spring might be an option.

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Old 03-21-2019, 11:57 AM
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Gobigkauna, have you called Savage to see if an accutrigger could be retrofitted in your rifle?
I just gave Savage a call and they say the accutrigger is not compatible (although they may be saying that for liability reasons). They suggested I talk to Timiny who I also called and they don't make a replacement trigger. Rifle Basix makes a replacement sear but apparently it only works with the older trigger group.

I scoured the internet for more information and found two modifications that can improve this trigger. One is to add a shim to the rear of the trigger group, which I did, to reduce the pull length. The other is to replace the spring with a lighter one. I will try that next. I also plan on polishing the trigger / sear contacts.
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Here is what the .17 HMR is capable of (and better with a competent man behind the trigger) at 100 yards. The one round outside the group was me.

This was at an outside range with a high ledge blocking any wind and a nice sunny day.
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Old 03-21-2019, 12:44 PM
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Here is what the .17 HMR is capable of (and better with a competent man behind the trigger) at 100 yards. The one round outside the group was me.

This was at an outside range with a high ledge blocking any wind and a nice sunny day.
What rifle and what ammo? Yes, I am finding that even in this el cheapo Savage rifle the 17hmr round is a lot more fun.
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Old 03-21-2019, 07:34 PM
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What rifle and what ammo? Yes, I am finding that even in this el cheapo Savage rifle the 17hmr round is a lot more fun.
Rifle was a Marlin 917 with a Simmons 3-9 scope using CCI Maxi-Mag 40 grain HP ammo.

The rifle has a replacement trigger (Rifle Basix) set at 2 pounds.
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Old 03-22-2019, 02:40 PM
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Added a shim (cut up piece from a soda can) and took it to the range this morning. Wind was howling (gusts to 30 mph) so I set up a target at 50 yds. Ammo was CCI A17. Here's one of my 5 round groups. The others were pretty much identical to this. I suspect the two fliers were me, but it might have been the wind also. I can't get over how much better the trigger is with just that soda can shim. So far total investment in this rifle is still $199. Couldn't be happier.
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Rifle was a Marlin 917 with a Simmons 3-9 scope using CCI Maxi-Mag 40 grain HP ammo.

The rifle has a replacement trigger (Rifle Basix) set at 2 pounds.
I don't think you were shooting CCI Maxi-Mag 40 grain HP Ammo in a Marlin 917
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Trigger

You might try looking for a Apachie trigger I don't know if they replace a non accutrigger or not. They are not very costly
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