How to Adjust a Vanguard Trigger

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The Weatherby Vanguard is a bolt-action rifle made in many calibers. This weapon is known for being fairly inexpensive while still being reliable and dependable. The Vanguard's trigger isn't adjustable externally as with some rifles. In order to adjust for a shorter or harder trigger pull, one screw must be adjusted. This requires tightening or loosening the front adjustment screw until the desired trigger pull is achieved. Note that the actual trigger and sear should only be modified by a competent gunsmith.

Items you will need

  • Screwdrivers

Unload the weapon completely. Visually inspect the weapon to ensure no live ammunition is present.

Depress the floor-plate release lever to open the floor-plate. Unscrew the front and rear trigger-guard screws. Pull out the trigger-guard assembly from the stock. Remove the stock from the weapon.

Loosen the lock-nut securing the front trigger-adjustment screw.

Turn the adjustment screw counterclockwise to decrease trigger pull-weight, or clockwise to increase pull weight. Rotate the screw one full turn; tighten the lock-nut and reassemble the weapon to check for satisfaction. Repeat as necessary. Note that the trigger pull-weight cannot be decreased below 3 1/4 pounds.


  • Never attempt maintenance on a loaded firearm.
  • Never point the Vanguard at anything that you do not intend to shoot or kill.
  • Do not attempt to modify the rear adjustment-screw.


  • Lighter trigger pull can result in greater accuracy because it reduces hand tremor that can affect trajectory.
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