How to improve a ruger 10/22 trigger

Written by jeremiah blanchard
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How to improve a ruger 10/22 trigger
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The Ruger 10/22 has long been a favourite among plinking and sport-shooting enthusiasts. The rifle is extremely accurate and offers a lightweight design with little recoil. Many 10/22 shooters like to accurize their weapon, and one of the key aspects of accurizing is improving the trigger pull. The best way to improve the trigger pull is to install an after-market hammer. This will create a trigger pull of 1.13 Kilogram rather than the stock trigger's 8- to 9-pound pull.

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Things you need

  • Punch and hammer
  • Metal pin

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  1. 1

    Unload the weapon completely. Visually inspect the weapon to ensure that no live ammunition is present.

  2. 2

    Place the weapon on its side with the trigger-assembly pins visible. Knock out the two trigger-assembly pins using a punch and hammer. Remove the trigger assembly.

  3. 3

    Push the hammer-spring pin inward slightly with a punch or metal pin to relieve pressure on the spring. The hammer-spring pin is located at the top centre of the trigger assembly.

  4. 4

    Depress the trigger and release the hammer. Push the hammer forward. Remove the hammer spring from its groove in the trigger assembly.

  5. 5

    Push out the hammer pin using a metal pin or punch. The hammer spring is located at the lower centre part of the trigger assembly. Remove the hammer, bushings and tension spring.

  6. 6

    Place the new hammer bushings and tension spring onto the hammer. Set the new hammer into the trigger assembly. Replace the hammer pin.

  7. 7

    Push the hammer spring into its grooved slot.

  8. 8

    Push the hammer-tension spring back down, creating tension. Push the hammer-tension-spring pin back into its hole to depress the hammer tension spring. Reinstall the trigger assembly to the weapon.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also replace trigger springs to aid in improving the trigger, however, this is generally done by an experienced gunsmith; the interior trigger components are hard to install correctly.
  • Never attempt maintenance on a loaded weapon.
  • Never point a weapon at anything that you do not intend to shoot or kill.

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