Well this past deer season, had an eye opening event happen. Was in a tripod stand watching down the road in 2 directions from the bend in the road. A doe made the mistake of coming out apx 60 yards from me broadside. I got the gun on her, moved ahead to a spot to let her come into my crosshairs, as I don't ever follow and shoot. It creates too much movement not to mention, that very movement can cause a bad shot.
Anyway I pick my spot and just before she gets centered, I roll my safety off and BOOM....... the gun goes off without my finger on the trigger and blows up some pine straw right in front of her---she gets away of course. So then I open my bolt (a Remington 700) and capture the spent round. I then put it back on safe, put the fired brass back into battery and close the bolt. I then simply holding the rifle and nothing near the trigger---put the rifle on fire. As soon as I do it fires again, needless to say that ended my hunt.
But more importantly, I get this real uneasy feeling in my gut as to how many times before I had the opportunity to actually shoot that I had live rounds in the chamber and the safe on (of course) and around others in the field. Never when in camp is my rifle loaded, but just going through all the times in my mind as to "what if" a deer had jumped up if I was in the presence of fellow hunters, what possibly could have happened? It bothered me greatly, and my ONLY saving grace was years of trying to be gun safe. Its an endeavor we as hunters owe one another in close proximity especially and even when alone as I was.
It only takes one mistake with a rifle or any other firearm, to have a permanent life changing event. I was so relieved I was alone when that happened. It was then I went straight home and ordered me a Timney trigger.
I ordered the one with the safety, vs one where I put my old safety on their trigger assembly. It was very sudden when it fires vs a smooth steady creep as I was used to with the old trigger. There is absolutely no creep, and when it reaches the set poundage, THEN the trigger moves and fires. It takes getting used to as personally I like a smooth predictable creep. Maybe Ill get used to it over time, as I've always had triggers (not just remingtons) that had SOME creep. The Timney is quite safe compared to what I had, overall I'm pleased with it but wont give a 5 star rating just yet. I have yet to punch paper with it and reloads, but will soon enough.
It has produced venison for me however, the day after I got it installed. So that's a step in the right direction.
I'd like to close with some heartfelt words to those who will listen, please----before you put your weapon on fire, have it literally aimed at what you're fixing to shoot at. And as always---PRACTICE absolute muzzle safety at all times.