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Mb 550 first impressions #7097454
12/20/20 12:03 AM
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Last year was my first season trapping in 15 years. Most of my traps had dissapeared over the years so when the boys wanted to trap I had to get some more.

After doing a lot of reading i decided i wanted os mb 550s. But it was January and my trap store was out and if i wanted for shipping I would miss more of the end of season so i bought dogless bridger #2. They worked but the had sharp edges that were hard on paws , needed pan tension adjusted ect...

This season I bought a dozen 550s and man do I believe they are worth the extra cash. Add a shock spring and set. No way for the pan to move forward or back needing adjustment or pan tension. Thick rounded cast jaws no need to laminate.

I have yet to catch anything yet (only set 2 today and its raining tonight) but I believe these are the traps I will be buying in the future. I will save the bridgers for places more likely for theft or getting ran over.

I'm glad to have experience with the bridgers they make me really appreciate the mbs so much more.

I know everyone has ther favorites what are yours for coyotes and why? Me I don't have time to tinker and work on traps to save a few dollars. To have something great out of the box is wonderful.

Re: Mb 550 first impressions [Re: Providence Farm] #7097460
12/20/20 12:07 AM
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I'm right there with you. The 550 is an excellent choice for me. Easy to set, bed, solid, consistent.

Re: Mb 550 first impressions [Re: Providence Farm] #7097461
12/20/20 12:08 AM
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I have caught a ton of coyotes in mb550s and they do live up to the hype. Iíve been using the same 4 dozen for ten years with zero issues. I do really like a fully modified Bridger #3 though, I run a mix of both. With the mb I have never had a pullout, never had a toe catch. Always full foot in the trap, buried way in there. I really wish mb would hurry up and come out with a #3 size version of the 550, I would buy a pile of them.


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Re: Mb 550 first impressions [Re: Providence Farm] #7097462
12/20/20 12:08 AM
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Also use mostly the offset MB 550ís. Add an extra swivel and shock spring and ready go. Sometimes have to adjust them to get to my desired 3 lb. pan tension. I always get good paw catches. Good humane trap.

Re: Mb 550 first impressions [Re: Providence Farm] #7097463
12/20/20 12:10 AM
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Thats Great! I know I love my MB650's & 750's


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Re: Mb 550 first impressions [Re: Bob] #7097464
12/20/20 12:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Bob
I have caught a ton of coyotes in mb550s and they do live up to the hype. Iíve been using the same 4 dozen for ten years with zero issues. I do really like a fully modified Bridger #3 though, I run a mix of both. With the mb I have never had a pullout, never had a toe catch. Always full foot in the trap, buried way in there. I really wish mb would hurry up and come out with a #3 size version of the 550, I would buy a pile of them.


If your getting good solid catches with the 550, what is your reason for a larger trap? Larger pan?

Re: Mb 550 first impressions [Re: Providence Farm] #7097466
12/20/20 12:15 AM
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Re: Mb 550 first impressions [Re: Grandpa Trapper] #7097477
12/20/20 12:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Grandpa Trapper
Originally Posted by Bob
I have caught a ton of coyotes in mb550s and they do live up to the hype. Iíve been using the same 4 dozen for ten years with zero issues. I do really like a fully modified Bridger #3 though, I run a mix of both. With the mb I have never had a pullout, never had a toe catch. Always full foot in the trap, buried way in there. I really wish mb would hurry up and come out with a #3 size version of the 550, I would buy a pile of them.


If your getting good solid catches with the 550, what is your reason for a larger trap? Larger pan?


Simply for the larger kill zone, especially when making blind trail sets


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Re: Mb 550 first impressions [Re: Providence Farm] #7097478
12/20/20 12:24 AM
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I have had no issues with MB 550 cast jaw offsets, love them.


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Re: Mb 550 first impressions [Re: Providence Farm] #7097483
12/20/20 12:36 AM
12/20/20 12:36 AM
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.... I have quite a few 550ís... theyíre a thick solid trap... but Iíll grab a bridger 2 dogless first... that is the flattest...easiest bedding trap Iíve ever used... almost donít even need to dig a bed in soft ground... just twist it in

... and I have no problem with letting sorry stinkin coyotes wear the burs off lol


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Re: Mb 550 first impressions [Re: Providence Farm] #7097486
12/20/20 12:44 AM
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I love my MB 550's....they don't leave a mark on my released animals...always a good catch


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Re: Mb 550 first impressions [Re: Savell] #7097516
12/20/20 01:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Savell
.... I have quite a few 550ís... theyíre a thick solid trap... but Iíll grab a bridger 2 dogless first... that is the flattest...easiest bedding trap Iíve ever used... almost donít even need to dig a bed in soft ground... just twist it in

... and I have no problem with letting sorry stinkin coyotes wear the burs off lol


Folk like you are the reason antis have got so many restrictions put on us. That attitude right there.


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Re: Mb 550 first impressions [Re: Grandpa Trapper] #7097552
12/20/20 03:53 AM
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Re: Mb 550 first impressions [Re: Bob] #7097557
12/20/20 04:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Bob
Originally Posted by Savell
.... I have quite a few 550ís... theyíre a thick solid trap... but Iíll grab a bridger 2 dogless first... that is the flattest...easiest bedding trap Iíve ever used... almost donít even need to dig a bed in soft ground... just twist it in

... and I have no problem with letting sorry stinkin coyotes wear the burs off lol


Folk like you are the reason antis have got so many restrictions put on us. That attitude right there.

You really have no clue do you, Bob?


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Re: Mb 550 first impressions [Re: Swamp Wolf] #7097558
12/20/20 05:00 AM
12/20/20 05:00 AM
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Eastern Shore of Maryland
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Originally Posted by Swamp Wolf
Originally Posted by Bob


Folk like you are the reason antis have got so many restrictions put on us. That attitude right there.

You really have no clue do you, Bob?


lol


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Re: Mb 550 first impressions [Re: HobbieTrapper] #7097602
12/20/20 07:34 AM
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Originally Posted by HobbieTrapper
Originally Posted by Swamp Wolf

You really have no clue do you, Bob?


lol


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Re: Mb 550 first impressions [Re: Providence Farm] #7097606
12/20/20 07:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Providence Farm
Last year was my first season trapping in 15 years. Most of my traps had dissapeared over the years so when the boys wanted to trap I had to get some more.

After doing a lot of reading i decided i wanted os mb 550s. But it was January and my trap store was out and if i wanted for shipping I would miss more of the end of season so i bought dogless bridger #2. They worked but the had sharp edges that were hard on paws , needed pan tension adjusted ect...

This season I bought a dozen 550s and man do I believe they are worth the extra cash. Add a shock spring and set. No way for the pan to move forward or back needing adjustment or pan tension. Thick rounded cast jaws no need to laminate.

I have yet to catch anything yet (only set 2 today and its raining tonight) but I believe these are the traps I will be buying in the future. I will save the bridgers for places more likely for theft or getting ran over.

I'm glad to have experience with the bridgers they make me really appreciate the mbs so much more.

I know everyone has ther favorites what are yours for coyotes and why? Me I don't have time to tinker and work on traps to save a few dollars. To have something great out of the box is wonderful.


As far as coiled,, they are all I use. Great trap.


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Re: Mb 550 first impressions [Re: Providence Farm] #7097610
12/20/20 07:41 AM
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I've been quietly and not so quietly promoting the MB 550 OS since they came out all these many years ago. It's all I use and I haven't ever used a shock spring with the short chain set up. More to bed, taking longer, and you don't need them.

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Re: Mb 550 first impressions [Re: Savell] #7097611
12/20/20 07:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Savell
.... I have quite a few 550ís... theyíre a thick solid trap... but Iíll grab a bridger 2 dogless first... that is the flattest...easiest bedding trap Iíve ever used... almost donít even need to dig a bed in soft ground... just twist it in

... and I have no problem with letting sorry stinkin coyotes wear the burs off lol


I have been running half mb-550 and half no bs juniors the last two years. A buddy let me run a couple dozen bridger 2 dogless and I could bed them anywhere (even easier then the 550 which surprised me). I canít believe I did it but I sold off my 550... itís just too fast with those little guys.

Also itís worth mentioning there is a dead spot on those 550. Itís not often but if they step near that dog on the pan itís not firing. The bridger dogless on the other hand will fire anywhere you touch that pan. I donít like tracks near my pan and no trap fired. Doesnít happen to often but does happen.


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Re: Mb 550 first impressions [Re: Providence Farm] #7097653
12/20/20 08:28 AM
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I ran a mix of bridger 2 modifieds, MB550s, and Montana 2s the last couple seasons.
Yes folks, I didn't even set one of my old #2 or 3 longs the last two seasons, as I have done for like 40 some years.
550s are built like a tank. I love bridger 2s modified, too. For me sometimes it comes down to how remote the location I am setting...is it safe enough to risk what I invested in a 550, my first choice, if not the bridger or montana get the action.
Yes ill invest in more 550s and 2 mods as I go, perfect coyote traps in my opinion.
Jim.

Last edited by jabNE; 12/20/20 08:30 AM.

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