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Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Cumberland County 5A
Re: Remington Model 700 - USA Today article
By most expert accounts, there were inherent problems with the original (Walker) M700 trigger assembly. Much of which has been amplified by the issues you mentioned.
I have read discussions on this over the years, by gunsmiths, gunwriters and other knowledgeable folks, who agree that the original triggers can cause problems, under the right (wrong) circumstances.
I have been around M700s since the 1970s and have never known anyone with such a problem, including those I own myself. My huntin' bud owned over a dozen M700s, most of which had those triggers. No problems and all had been "tinkered" with years ago.
Things can happen with mechanical devices. What has always bothered me about the reports, is that in almost every case, injuries or deaths are more attributable to the shooter not exercising appropriate gun handling.
If you are not pointing the firearm at something or someone and it goes off unexpecedly, all that generally results is a bad scare. I've never trusted anyone's safety and never point a firearm where it ought not to be pointed. So if one ever does go off, the worst that should happen is me gettin' damp skivvies?
Some folks' learnin' curves just look like circles...3A Camp/also hunt 4B