Ruger Precision Rifle: The Timney Trigger

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Hey everyone it’s Don again. This Yeti finally managed to get himself out into the cold for some shooting. Good thing too because I’ve been really excited to get this particular article out the door. Today I’m going to be talking about another trigger offering for the Ruger Precision Rifle, but this time we’re going to be doing the Timney trigger. Before I get down to brass tacks I need to thank Timney for sending me this trigger. They were awesome to work with that’s for sure.

Brass Tacks

Like the original factory trigger itself, the Timney Trigger is a self contained and 100% drop in trigger. They are wire EDM cut, heat treated to 58-60 rockwell, and Teflon-nickel coated. Out of the package it’s an 8 ounce first stage, and a 16 ounce second stage. The wall between the two stages is very easy to find as well. You can adjust the first stage to be between 8 and 16 ounces. I thought that it sounded fine out of the box, so I left it as it was. They offer it in either a straight trigger shoe or a curved trigger shoe, and Timney was kind enough to send me one with a straight trigger shoe. To be completely honest I have no experience with a straight trigger shoe so this was an excellent opportunity to test it.

It’s installation was exactly as I’d expected, a breeze. During the installation though I decided I’d maybe try installing the Seekins Precision ambi safety I’d picked up a few months back at Brownells. The trigger may have been a breeze, but the safety was a fight. I actually never got it to work. Every time I’d try it would just jam up and not work properly. So I installed that on an AR-15 of mine instead.

Simple installation

My Initial Feelings On Two Stage Triggers

Rich and I are definitely very different people. He likes two stage triggers, and I prefer single stage triggers. I’ve felt like two stage triggers have allowed me to develop bad habits in the past. It might be almost cliche in how over used the phrase is, but I like the feeling that I get of essentially a glass rod breaking. With all that being said I have to say that I was impressed with the Timney Trigger. The first stage is light enough that I don’t really notice it and the second stage breaks crisp and cleanly. It’s almost like firing a single stage when it breaks.

It definitely took some time getting used to a two stage from a single stage. One reason I’m such a big fan of single stage triggers over two stage triggers is that I feel like I picked up some bad habits when I had them. Becase I knew I had this uptake to deal with, and I could tell exactly where the break point was, I found I was breaking a fundamental rule of gun safety. That is I had my finger on the trigger before I was ready to shoot. A single stage forced me to get rid of this bad habit, and since then I haven’t brought it back.

First time on a swinging platform, good practice the day before the match. I was also telling my friend, whose rifle you can see in the background, how much I was loving the trigger.

So how do I feel about it?

I’ve had this trigger for a while now. I wanted to get plenty of experience with it before I made my opinion known. I don’t like how sometimes people have only a few hours to develop an opinion, as I feel that doesn’t give you the full picture of the product. In this case I’m really glad I gave it a lot of time because initially I didn’t like it, but now I love it.

It’s a tough thing to have what you think you know turned upside down. That’s what happened with this trigger. Initially I thought I hated two stage triggers and preferred single stage triggers. To be fair my experience with two stage triggers was more from the Savage style pseudo two stage. I made the mistake of prejudging it based on my experience with those triggers. This trigger is leaps and bounds better than the Savage style triggers in my opinion. After experiencing this trigger, I’ve learned that each trigger has applications where they excel, and a well made two stage trigger like this Timney trigger is a great thing to have.

650 yards.

Living With the Timney Trigger For The Ruger Precision Rifle

This trigger really cemented it’s place in my heart since I started shooting matches. At this point in time I’ve shot three matches. Every match can be best described as in field conditions. I’ve had baking heat and blowing dust as fine as talcum powder, pouring rain, and sleet and ice. I saw rifles fail in some of the nastiest ways. One particular rifle got so packed up with sleet that it essentially became a slam fire gun, and he had to withdraw from the match. But my Timney kept going. The dirt, dust, and general nasty just wasn’t able to find a way in.

During these matches I tried to keep trigger control at the forefront of my brain. The uptake on this trigger was the same every time. It broke at the same place with the same force every time. The weakest part of this trigger, was the yeti with Godzilla hands behind the trigger. Timney has seriously impressed me with this trigger to the point where I’m going to be trying some of their triggers in future rifles.

To Wrap It Up

I said it early on, I’m a single stage guy. The Timney trigger has impressed me enough that I have had have to totally reconsidered my position on two stage triggers. That’s a bold statement as far as I’m concerned. It’s not very often you are faced with something which radically changes your world view. I think Timney managed this with their trigger for the Ruger Precision Rifle. This Timney trigger has seriously impressed me, and I highly recommend it for anyone looking to improve their Ruger Precision Rifle.

Don is a Minnesota college student working his way through school as a firearms coatings specialist. An avid shooter with a love for just about all things gun related, gladly sharing his somewhat unique experiences with anyone who will listen. If you have any questions for me, email us!


  1. Interesting article-however, I was hoping to read a comparison between the Timney trigger and the original Ruger precision rifle trigger.

    1. Author

      Completely understandable Frank. I can pretty well sum it up for you: This trigger blows the original factory trigger right out of the water as far as I’m concerned. It’s been a long time since I had the original factory trigger in my gun, but my memory is of a trigger that was spongy, somewhat inconsistent, and not really as good as it should have been. This Timney trigger is my favorite trigger for the rifle right now.

  2. Thanks Don good article. I have a RPR 6.5 Creedmoor that I would love to fit this trigger to.What is the model number and could I get it in New Zealand?

    1. Author

      The Timney model number will depend on which exact one you want. The one that I have, with the 8 oz first stage and 1 pound second is a model 650ST*8oz/1.0lb. The ST denotes it’s a straight trigger, and you can figure out the adjustments on the second stage if you need to. If you prefer a standard curved shoe with an 8 oz first and 1 pound second you’re going to want a just plain 650.

      As to if you can get it in New Zealand, that is going to be far and away outside of my area of expertise. With import/export laws being what they are, I would advise you to get in touch with a Timney dealer in New Zealand. They will probably be your best resource.

  3. Great article. I found the article because I bought the trigger and the safety together. I experienced the same issue.. have you heard recently how to fix the issue.. I love the look of the seekins on the RPR… just wondering. Thank you!

    1. Author

      Great question Kelly. Unfortunately I don’t know. I assume it’s because of the geometry of the safety itself, rather than the lever. It’s noticeably different than the geometry of the standard one. Also I haven’t had much chance to tinker with this rifle as I’d like, between certain other projects, fighting off illness, and a massive upswing in my workload that is very out of character to this season and previous years.

  4. I fitted a Timney 650 to my December-purchased RPR (.308 20″ Gen 2?) a few weeks ago. In addition, I also fitted the Seekins Precision Ambi safety, but I had bought them separately. My Seekins has both the safety levers removable with Allen key screws holding them in.
    Trigger went in easily, and having used it the past 3 weeks, I couldnt imagine ever going back to the original. MUCH nicer trigger, and seems to always break at the exact same spot. VERY nice.
    I had a lot of confusion fitting the Seekins safety; it seems to me that the selector arms had been fitted the opposite way to how they were supposed to be fitted. Thankfully, they are both removable with the appropriate allen key. After a lot of messing around with how the original safety fitted into the rifle, I was able to screw the Seekins safety together in the same configuration, and it now fits and works just fine. Quite stiff to begin with, but has loosened up enough to be firm, and yet easy enough to use. Certainly nicer than the Ruger effort. Speaking of the safety geometry, I believe it can be fitted to either work with the original (90 degree?) ‘throw’, or a shorter 60 degree ‘throw; dependant on how the selector arms are configured.
    However, I dont believe the selector has been properly set up for the RPR out of the packet. Made me wonder if the setup on an AR platform mightnt be a different config to the RPR, and they have simply re-badged the AR safeties without re-configuring?
    Anyway, I have both now functioning as advertised, and very happy with both.


    Rod (Outback Australia).

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