Ruger BX Trigger Replacement Kit
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- Last updated: 21/01/2023
We all like firing a semiautomatic .22LR rimfire from time to time, either for casual plinking, mini-practical shoots or like me, hunting. The trouble is, by the very nature of the mechanisms on a lot of semi-autos, the trigger unit often leaves a lot to be desired. Often you are faced with a heavy trigger pull, undefined let-off and as much creep as a lounge lizard. That is why many shooters, including myself, opt for a trigger replacement upgrade or end up tuning the original trigger.
Personally, I would not attempt to have the original trigger worked on by a gunsmith, when there are so many alternative trigger mechanisms for sale as an upgrade. Timney, Volquartsen and Clark sell very good replacement triggers and they all offer a better build quality than the original unit and more importantly, a lighter trigger pull. However, they are costly. I would go for a newer Ruger BX trigger unit as an upgrade, which they now fit to all their new 10/22 rimfires, as it is available for under £100.
As this trigger is made by Ruger, it is easy to fit. In fact, it slots straight in without any issues but having said that, 10/22s are very easy to work on. All you have to do is remove the grey protective hammer retainer/stop that comes attached and then pop out the two trigger retaining pins from the action. Then, remove the old factory unit and slip in the BX trigger in its place. This process is also very handy for cleaning the 10/22, as we all know semi-autos can get very dirty and gum up quickly.
The trigger pull is crisper with a more defined break in the sears let-off, with a much lighter pull too, typically 3.25lbs instead of 6lbs plus! The magazine release pin is the same as the stock trigger, so if you want to fit an aftermarket extended version, you can. I fitted a BX to my test 10/22 rig, which was already fitted with a custom trigger costing twice as much. In the end, I replaced it with this BX version, as it was better!
On test, as you fit a new mag full of .22 ammo, you will notice the difference. I have had no issues whatsoever, except for better reliability and accuracy. You have minimal overtravel, so follow-up shots are faster and easier, plus the reset is more positive too. I had groups from the RWS Semi and Eley Contact rounds shrink by a good 10-15%, which is certainly worth it, especially on a semi-auto rimfire rifle.
You can spend a lot more on a drop-in custom trigger but quite frankly, for hunting, this BX trigger is perfect. That is probably why it is now fitted to all new Ruger 10/22s.
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