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Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Northern Berks County, PA
Re: New M70 joins the "family"
The New Haven style trigger is a GOOD trigger! You can adjust it easily yourself, and make them a GREAT trigger. I adjusted that 257's trigger from a spongy pull that I'd guess was 6lbs or more to a crisp 3lb (estimated) pull. The "safety" test for a trigger adjustment is to first ensure the rifle is NOT loaded, then work the bolt to c0ck the striker. Close the bolt on an empty chamber, safety OFF, and give the butt of the rifle a firm rap on the floor. If it's too light, the striker will be released. If it's not, it'll hold.
The New Haven style trigger can be adjusted to very, very nice levels with some time and careful work. It's not hard to do.
The MOA trigger from FN is nice. The overtravel is very little, and it breaks nicely out of the box. I have not finished removing the hot glue goop they put over the adjustment screws (the stuff is IN the allen heads of the screws!), so I haven't fiddled with it...yet. I think it can be lightened a touch and cleaned up for overtravel just a little. Considering the groups it's starting to shoot, I'm not terribly worried about it just yet.
I can say that the quality of the FN rifle is apparent. From holding and handling one, it's clear that they are putting the attention into the build of them that was badly lacking in the last years of New Haven production. The bedding in the '06 I have in the picture above was little more than hot glue. I redid it myself with acra-glass, but the stock is just keeping that rifle from being all it can be. It (the stock) will be replaced, along with the magazine setup (since the DBM arrangement it has requires different inletting, so I'll buy the parts to make it a hinged floorplate magazine instead).
The .257 turned in an MOA group last time I benched it, too. They can and do shoot.
More my point here was that the FN rifles really have been made well. Since I got it, I'm often asked about them, and I figured I'd post some thoughts here. Both my dad's FN-made rifle and my own are grouping under an inch with handloads, and are very nicely built.