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I'm considering a new hammer and I'm not sure whether to go for the mcarbo hammer or the VQ hammer. I was thinking about the mcarbo pro kit but I don't really want a 1lb trigger. What are your thoughts on each hammer and their pros/cons?
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What is your intended purpose? A one lb. trigger is OK for target shooting but too light for most hunting. I have had several VQ hammers and they all tested differently in different rifles. The last one was down to just over a pound while the others were about 2.
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What is your intended purpose? A one lb. trigger is OK for target shooting but too light for most hunting. I have had several VQ hammers and they all tested differently in different rifles. The last one was down to just over a pound while the others were about 2.
Not a hunter, just a paper puncher. I'd be fine with 1.5lb, I just don't want something TOO light. Most of my other rifles are about 2.5-3lb so I figured that would be a good goal.
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My experience with the McCarbo trigger kits in my Remington 597.. First off, you will not get a 1 lb trigger pull with this kit. Will be closer to 2.5-3 lb pull. Second, I experienced light strikes and failure to fire. Just my personal experience.
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I have a Jard hammer in mine and the trigger is at 2lbs. Huge improvement over factory. I'm not sure they're still available....
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VQ hammers haven't been less than 3# in mine which was generally the usual, average by others.

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I have been happy with the VQ hammers. The 5 or 6 I have used were right where Al says, in the 3 lb range. Some slightly less. One was creepy and heavier but when I swapped it to a different rifle it they both were fine. Huge improvement over factory. No Mcarbo experience here.
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As stated earlier, a VQ in mine went down to 1 1/4#. Since I bought the rifle used perhaps it had bubba trigger work already. I had to remove it.
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i have a mcarbo pro kit in mine and the trigger pull is 2lbs 9oz. Chris said put ~350 rounds through it to break it in. i'm at 200 rounds now.
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by the way, no failures to fire yet. my headspace is, though, close to minimum, so all the energy of the hammer goes to driving the firing pin into the case and not shoving the case forward in the chamber first.
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