Correcting a Deplorable Ruger 77/22 Trigger
I purchased a new Ruger 77/22 in 22 WMR with a walnut stock, mat stainless finish, and a heavy barrel, with the intent of making it my short range prairie dog rifle. After all, my Winchester Model 70 Heavy Varmint in 220 Swift is overkill and loud for shots under 100 yards. So, I mounted a reputable 6X24 scope with fine crosshairs and took the 77/22 to the range over the weekend. I fired 100 rounds of premium Winchester 30-Gr WMR varmint ammo off a heavy bench with solid fore and aft rests, but results were deplorable!!! I allowed ample time between shots, never let the barrel overheat, and swabbed the bore with a BoreSnake every 5 rounds. Five-shot groups at 100 yards averaged around 5"-6" and rounds generally walked back and forth between the 9 and 2 O'clock positions, although I had one 1.5" 5-shot group at the 9 O'clock position. Colorado winds were fairly light and a little variable (predominantly blowing from my 5 O'Clock), but the biggest problem I had was trigger pull. I know, I know, pretty standard for an out-of-the box Ruger, but I'm guessing it was about 7-8#, with quite a bit of creep. That kind of trigger is just not conducive to good groups and/or ethical shots on small game. So, I'm looking for a fix. I've done quite a bit of Internet research and the opinions/recommendations are plentiful and varied. Recommendations range from manipulating the existing trigger to replacing the whole thing with an after-market piece....and the conflicting info is rampant. One could spend days sorting through the data, so having gotten good info from this group before, I decided to pose the question to you all. How would you remedy a horrendous Ruger 77/22 trigger?