Free Encore & G2 Trigger Job instructions
Free Trigger Job/Assembly/Disassembly Download and printable instructions for Encore & Pro Hunter frames & the very similar G2 frame mechanisms for both doing trigger jobs and for basic routine disassembly/reassembly/safety function checking frames.
All current instructions we have do not adequately address altering the sear notch, so we are working on a complete shop manual which will be available soon. Meanwhile, we are providing free instructions until such time as our shop manual is available. We still offer a printed version at a discounted price, but you can save yourself some money and get the manual for free from this page.
Without altering the sear notch, our trigger/sear springs #1 through #3 are usually "drop-in" requiring no alteration of the sear notch, and the instructions are quite adequate for drop in installations. While there is a chance the #3's will require altering sear notch, I personally recommend and use the #2 for all my hunting applications. Never hurts to try out a few different weights to find the one you like the best.
For lighter pull weights, we need to provide you with a better means of controlling the recutting of the sear, which we have done with our EZE Lap sear hone. We have also redesigned our polishing stones and now have them available for purchase in three different grit choices and are now a commercially cut hard hard arkansas stone. I recommend to join our newsletter so we can properly notify you of new product availability.
Meanwhile, I am not comfortable charging for the old trigger job manual and I am giving them away for the asking as a printable .pdf that of course works for both pc's and Macs or as a download of the original 2000 pc-only "auto run" files that you run on your pc only.
We want to go green, and save you some green! For less than the book was, you can buy the pliers you really need instead. Now that's going green!
|We are giving you two options for instructions.
1-$5 off our previous price printed TRIGGER JOB INSTRUCTION MANUAL! Purchase from next menu item down the list.
2-Print your own in .pdf
|Problems Downloading the manual from the link at the bottom? Email requesting free copy sent as attachment here.
|Basic Encore Trigger Job video by Russell Lynch
This $18.95 basic course on trigger work and accuracy tuning is a great place to get started, especially for those of us who learn faster by video.
|Click the link below for the Free PC version only download. Will not run on most Mac computers. May require disabling your anti-virus program temporarily.
This is an "auto-run" file that you click through page by page on your computer. It is not readily printable and as stated does not run on Macs. This is the oldest, original version done back in 2000 before the G2 came out and has no references to the G2. The printable .pdf download does address the G2.
|Sorry, the link below is currently not available.|
|Notes about doing the download:
(Currently not available)
It is not impossible to print from this auto-run file, but it is not set up to print from.
The file is 1.83meg. Should be under 10 minutes via a 28.8 modem.
On older pc's you may have to "right click" then use "save target as" to do the download.
|Don't want to attempt trigger work yourself? Contact Jim Hendershot, SHOTS Gunsmithing, for excellent work, quick turn around, and a good price for the work.|
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|Specific tools for doing trigger jobs developed after the download instructions were prepared back in 2000. These are newer tools NOT covered in the pc instruction auto-run download.|
|Trigger/Sear Spring Pliers
The download shows using a hemastat for holding the Trigger/Sear Spring during installation into the sear. We now offer specially hand forged needle nose pliers with hooked, offset jaws that securely hold the spring by the coils while you capture it with a pin punch and push the pivot pin in.
They work perfectly, and whether you work on the trigger or not, every shooter should at least have a pair for routine disassembly, cleaning, and reassembly. They make life with an Encore or G2 soooo much easier.
|How to Alter Encore and G2 Sear Notches
See this page for diagram and explanation of altering the sear notch.
It will become obsolete when I have the new fixtures and tools available, but is helpful for now.
|80 degree Diamond EZE Lap for altering sear notchesNote that the instructions show using a square Diamond EZE Lap for working on the sear notch. Pull weights below about 3 pounds require closing up the sear notch angle by about 10 degrees in order to keep the hammer securely cocked once the sear notch has been polished.
You cannot do this correctly with 90 degree edge, thus we mill Diamond EZE Laps to an 80 degree angle so you can.
The concept is to use the SAFE SIDE of the 80 degree side of diamond lap held against the TOP SIDE of the sear notch, using it as a guide while the grit side of the lap cuts first at the inside of the notch and progresses until the inside corner is lowered and the lap cuts all the way to the bottom edge of the sear notch.
This closes up the sear notch angle, making it on a more horizontal plane so the hammer nose has less tendency so "slip down the slope."
|Polish the altered sear notch with 80 degree polishing stone
We cut and finish special stones with a matching 80 degree angle to follow up after recutting the sear notch with the 80 degree Diamond Lap.
They are cut to fit into the sear notch after you close it up. Ie, you cannot get into the corner with a right angle edge. Hold the stone so it uses the top side of the sear notch as your guide while polishing the lower side of the notch. Be careful not to change the angle cut by the 80 Degree Diamond Lap.
|Heavier, Speed Lock Hammer Springs
The factory hammer springs are marginal at best at just approximately 30 pounds at normal compression.
It is a fact that if you have misfires and talk to TC about it, the first thing they tell you is to take off the hammer extension IF you are using one. In other words, just that little extra weight on the hammer slows it down enough to cause misfires.
Our custom Heavy Hammer Springs are 51 pounds at normal compression, much, much stronger and absolutely essential if you use a hammer extension.
Also, if you have excess headspace, you are much more likely to have misfires. A stronger hammer spring is NOT a total fix for headspace related misfires, but does help a lot. Headspace is critical with these guns and must be kept to a minimum for reliable ignition and best accuracy.
I now install a 51 pound hammer spring in ALL trigger jobs I do on Encores and G2s, no exceptions.
|See also the pages below for accuracy and misfire issues related to headspace.|
|See this article about measuring and correcting headspace.
It is VERY simple to do and is something EVERY TC shooter must do sooner or later since guessing at headspace or ignoring it sooner or later WILL cause serious functional and accuracy problems with these break open guns.
Frankly, if one chooses to ignore headspace, they would probably be better off going back to conventional fixed barrel rifles.
|Correcting Headspace via Shimming the Firing Pin Bushing.
It is as easy as taking some simple measurements, removing the screw in front of the hammer, sliding the firing pin bushing out, installing whatever amount of shim is indicated, then reinstalling the firing pin bushing. VERY simple to do.
May require removing some material from the end of the barrel via lathe, mill, file, belt sander, etc. to make clearance room for the firing pin bushing to be moved forward.
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