While I never experienced an unintentional discharge with the stock Remington trigger, on the other hand I was never able to dial in a satisfactory trigger pull while maintaining reliable functioning. After reading Jack Belk's book about all the things that can go wrong with the Walker trigger i opted to upgrade to a Rifle Basix ERV3 with a 4 - 20 ounce adjustment. Actually, I purchased the ERV3 several years ago, and since then I've heard mixed reviews about the Rifle Basix. If I had to do it over I might go with another brand, but in the meantime I'll give this a try.
So far the only thing I don't like about the Basix trigger is that it came with a bolt lock. The bolt is locked when the safety is in the "SAFE" position. The original Walker triggers also had a bolt lock -- it was a marketing decision because the Winchester M70 had a bolt lock so Remington had to keep up with the Jones's. However, the M70 has a 3 position safety while the M700 is only 2 position. Lacking a middle position, it was impossible to unload a bolt-locked M700 with the safety "ON." That was a truly stupid design and people ended up getting hurt while attempting to unload their M700's in the "FIRE" position, so Remington discontinued the bolt lock.
I want to be able to cycle the bolt with the safety "ON" so I disabled the bolt lock. Otherwise, I left the Basix as it came from the factory. The trigger pull has quite a bit of take-up before it releases, but I don't find that objectionable on a hunting rifle. I havent measured the pull but it feels like one pound and I like it.
The barrel was painted with rattle can stove paint, then topped off with stove polish. Stove polish contains wax so it may deter rust. In any event the flat black finish matches the matte finish of the receiver, it will be easy to touch up if the need arises, and I usually have stove paint and stove polish on hand.
The factory barrel combined with the 23 ounce carbon fiber stock made the balance muzzle light, while the 25" Shilen barrel balances much better and is still reasonable to carry at 8 pounds 1 ounce. The finished product is not fancy, it's just a practical hunting rifle.
My old '06 load used IMR4350 to push Nosler 165 gr. partitions but I'm low on IMR4350 so I tried H414. H414 gave good velocities but had high velocity variation, so then I tried AA4350 and velocity variation was much better. Without doing much load development, I settled on 59.5 gr. AA4350 lit by a Federal 210 primer, just because Quickload said that was a max load.
My bench is currently set up for revolver, not for rifles, but I hastily assembled some rests that did not fit the hunting rifle very well. Rests for my indoor bench are more complicated than average because I shoot through a small opening and the rest needs to position the barrel at just the right height. Anyway, the hasty rests were not a good fit and moved with every shot, but it was the best I could do on short notice.
Today's shooting session reminded me how unpleasant it is to shoot a light '06 from the bench for any length of time.
At first I tried a 70's vintage Leupold 3x9, but it didn't resolve bullet holes on the target any better than my 90's vintage Leupold 6x42, so I decided to go with the 6x42. Then I was reminded what a pain it is to sight in the older Leupold scopes with their mushy no-click 2MOA adjustments that take a shot or two to "settle down" every time you make an adjustment. I was making an adjustment at the beginning of every group which meant the first shot of every group was suspect.
Eventually I got the POI close with a sub MOA 3-shot group and called it a day.
Rather than use this rifle for experimentation, I want it to be dedicated to hunting and always sighted in for my hunting load (Nosler Partitions). If time allows I may do more load tweaks but I don't think itty bitty groups are important for an elk rifle with a 6X scope -- an elk is a big target and I confine my shots to reasonable ranges. What is important is having a reliable scope that is sighted in and reliable bedding that does not shift (the action sits on pillars & Devcon while the barrel is 100% free floated). When the weather gets better I'll check the POI at 200 yards and perhaps 300 yards, but otherwise I'm just thrilled that this rifle is ready to hunt again.