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Thread: Adjusting trigger timing, firing pin fall, Rem 700?

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    Adjusting trigger timing, firing pin fall, Rem 700?

    I'm setting up a couple of Rem 700 bolts, Savage bolt head conversions, and have some questions. These will be for 6-6.5X47L, SR primers.
    The new bolt head moves the dryfire stop rearward during the conversion so you must take material from the front of the firing pin shoulder. This also requires turning the firing pin diameter down and shortening the tip.
    This is a perfect time to fine tune firing pin protrusion, firing pin travel and "handoff" of cocking piece sear to the trigger. You can slightly increase the firing pin travel or reduce it as much as you wish at this time. This does require machining of the rear of the bolt body but that was discussed recently on another thread.
    1. What is the optimum firing pin fall? (Less should make cocking slightly easier, I think)
    2. What is ideal firing pin protrusion?
    3. Would you bush the firing pin hole to be a close fit to a .060 firing pin diameter at this time?

    Thanks for an input,

    Jay, Idaho

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    Jay

    I have Farleys, which are pretty close to a Remington.

    I played with the trigger hangers untill I got the fall at no less than ,220. (not easy on a Farley). I also set the spring tension at 22-23 lbs.

    As far as the tip protrusion, I would feel free in saying that .045-.050 is ideal.

    As for the .060, you do not have to go that small. My Farleys have a .068, and they handle anything I feed them, which, as you might know, is up there.

    The Stiller Diamomd Back that I built my 30BR LV-Sporter on does feature a .o625 firing pin, it seems to work just fine, as the Rifle shoots really well.

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    I had to move the firing pin's cross pin forward. Otherwise it had something like .190 total firing pin travel. The Vipers have about .200 firing pin drop. I think my 40x ended up with about .210.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crb View Post
    I had to move the firing pin's cross pin forward. Otherwise it had something like .190 total firing pin travel. The Vipers have about .200 firing pin drop. I think my 40x ended up with about .210.
    My early Viper came with .200 with a HVR Jewell. Sometime after I got it, Jerry told me that he feels that there is no substitute for enough pin fall, and that he recommended turning the trigger hanger around to gain some. I did that, and after had filing a matching clearance not in the other end, I ended up with .220. The hand off had been perfect, so I ended up with .020 cock on close, which is totally unnoticeable when the bolt is operated at the speed that I normally do. Although I did not notice any difference, I left it that way. The action came with a crudely cut off striker spring that measures #19 cocked. Since then I have played with a number of combinations of springs, the stock pin, and an aluminum shafted one. None has shown any definite difference, except the light pin shows less reticle movement from dry firing on an empty chamber. Perhaps the small firing pin tip has something to do with that. I think that they require less energy to function properly.

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    Jay,

    Somewheres here in BR Central cyber space, there is an outstanding post by Jim Kelbly wherein he discusses all things ignition concerning the 700, and why Mike Walker designed it the way he did based on his testing. I tried to find it and post a link, but was UTL...

    See if you can find it. It is well worth the read.

    Justin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zebra13 View Post
    Jay,

    Somewheres here in BR Central cyber space, there is an outstanding post by Jim Kelbly wherein he discusses all things ignition concerning the 700, and why Mike Walker designed it the way he did based on his testing. I tried to find it and post a link, but was UTL...

    See if you can find it. It is well worth the read.

    Justin
    This?

    http://benchrest.com/showthread.php?...prove-accuracy

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    How far

    Quote Originally Posted by crb View Post
    I had to move the firing pin's cross pin forward. Otherwise it had something like .190 total firing pin travel. The Vipers have about .200 firing pin drop. I think my 40x ended up with about .210.
    does one move the new cross pin hole if one wants say .050" more fall is it a simple .050" move forward?

    Thanks,

    Pete

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    It is not that simple. You need to maintain a little gap in the dry fired position of the pin, between the front of the cocking piece and the bottom of the cocking cam notch. Since the existing gap is less than .050, moving the hole as you mentioned would result in the pin fall being reduced by the difference between the existing gap and .050, and the cocking piece acting as the dry fire stop instead the front of the firing pin flange. This is not desirable. Ultimately the working depth of the cam notch, plus the amount of cock on close add up to the pin fall. You can cheat this some, but not that much. You may note that Jackie mentioned using as little as .040 protrusion. The difference between that and what you currently have would be added to the WORKING fall ( as opposed to the total fall). When firing a live round, the primer stops the pin, not the front of the flange. If you think about it, as you increase the protrusion, the WORKING fall is decreased.

    If you assume that Jackie knows his stuff and that a minimum of .040 protrusion does not hurt accuracy, and you have say .055, shortening the tip by the difference would increase the WORKING fall by .015. Just looking at total fall can be deceiving since the primer acting as a stop during firing does not let the pin fall to that extent.

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    Thanks Boyd

    I understand.

    Pete

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    We have found in testing military ammo in a Universal Receiver, that we need to have .030"-.039" firing pin protrusion and .020"-.025" firing pin indent in a SAAMI copper for 5.56mm small primer, and .060"-.068" protrusion and .020"-.025" indent for 7.62mm large primer, both being harder military primers, for reliable ignition in all conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1911Nut View Post
    Yup. Thank you, sir.

    Justin

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    Not sure if they are still around, but Stan Ware made some excellent videos on Remington trigger timing, bolt lapping, etc...
    They were on his website initially, but I belive it is no longer functioning.
    Mike

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    Stan dropped out

    Quote Originally Posted by savet06 View Post
    Not sure if they are still around, but Stan Ware made some excellent videos on Remington trigger timing, bolt lapping, etc...
    They were on his website initially, but I belive it is no longer functioning.
    Mike
    Don't know why. He HAS some Youtubes on the bolt timing that were very well done and relocating the bolt handle for extraction. SGR.

    Pete
    Last edited by Pete Wass; 11-12-2020 at 02:34 AM.

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    Here is a link to the YouTube video by Stan Ware on bolt timing. You can get to all of his videos from this page.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFlKuj2La_0

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    I've been getting

    Quote Originally Posted by MilGunsmith View Post
    We have found in testing military ammo in a Universal Receiver, that we need to have .030"-.039" firing pin protrusion and .020"-.025" firing pin indent in a SAAMI copper for 5.56mm small primer, and .060"-.068" protrusion and .020"-.025" indent for 7.62mm large primer, both being harder military primers, for reliable ignition in all conditions.
    not all that much indentation in my SR primers with .055" pin tip protrusion, actually had to increase it by .005" to get them to fire in that rifle. I'm quite sure 30 to 40 thou wouldn't do it in the rifle. Not saying it won't in others but dealing with what I have. I'm going to use one of the pins I have to drill another hole in it, shorten the butt and the front of the cocking piece and see what happens. Ill report what I find. As an aside, the .220" both rifles have for fall seems to work but one always wonders if they might find more, doesn't one?

    Pete

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