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Don't get caught in a 550 anymore. #7567565
04/23/22 03:07 PM
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After I got my fingers caught in a 550 I put this together.
It's a 2x6 and two furniture strips.

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Re: Don't get caught in a 550 anymore. [Re: Guss] #7567619
04/23/22 03:57 PM
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Excuse my complete ignorance for what you are showing, could you please tell me a little more about that block of wood and it's use ?

Re: Don't get caught in a 550 anymore. [Re: Guss] #7567622
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OK since all 550 come center swivel the hole make the trap sit level.
So the trap won't slide.

Re: Don't get caught in a 550 anymore. [Re: Guss] #7567628
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And your using this to help you set your traps out on your trap line ??

Re: Don't get caught in a 550 anymore. [Re: Guss] #7567650
04/23/22 04:31 PM
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I have not try it in the field yet

Re: Don't get caught in a 550 anymore. [Re: Guss] #7567656
04/23/22 04:38 PM
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I'm not following what the purpose of it is or how u use it. Are u using to help u set the the trap or bed the trap in?

Re: Don't get caught in a 550 anymore. [Re: Guss] #7567705
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When I set the trap it was not flat because of the swivel and when I set
it it slid and caught my fingers.

Re: Don't get caught in a 550 anymore. [Re: Guss] #7567708
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I see what your getting at, sound like your practice setting on a bench or other hard surface, and I can see were that could help you out. You should also get in the habit of lifting of flipping over the loose jaw ( when the springs are compressed ) before reaching in to the pan to set the trap. This is a foolproof way to set the trap without ever catching your fingers by mistake.

Re: Don't get caught in a 550 anymore. [Re: Guss] #7567724
04/23/22 06:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Guss
When I set the trap it was not flat because of the swivel and when I set
it it slid and caught my fingers.

Gotcha. Thanks. I catch myself about 2 or 3 times a year
Lol I thought that is just being a normal trapper grin

Re: Don't get caught in a 550 anymore. [Re: Guss] #7567856
04/23/22 08:47 PM
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Catching your fingers is just part of the process. I usually get pinched once or twice a year. Iím pretty sure you canít catch coyotes if you donít catch yourself first, I read it in a rule book somewhereÖ.


"I have two guns, one for each of ya."
Re: Don't get caught in a 550 anymore. [Re: Guss] #7568581
04/24/22 04:55 PM
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Maybe that's why I never caught a yote this year! First year I didn't catch myself. Last year a #4 dls got me!

Re: Don't get caught in a 550 anymore. [Re: Guss] #7568692
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Haha, I go ahead and stick my hand in on the first set I make to remind me of how it feels and get it out of the way. Whole hand doesnít hurt at all like a single finger! Especially if you already have it anchored!!

Re: Don't get caught in a 550 anymore. [Re: Guss] #7568703
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Never tried a 550 on for size. I like the #3 four coil Bridgers myself.

Re: Don't get caught in a 550 anymore. [Re: Guss] #7568728
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It helps to have cat like reflexes !

Re: Don't get caught in a 550 anymore. [Re: backroadsarcher] #7568736
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Originally Posted by backroadsarcher
Never tried a 550 on for size. I like the #3 four coil Bridgers myself.


I'm going to get them for beaver.

Re: Don't get caught in a 550 anymore. [Re: Guss] #7568837
04/24/22 09:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Guss
Originally Posted by backroadsarcher
Never tried a 550 on for size. I like the #3 four coil Bridgers myself.


I'm going to get them for beaver.

Get the #5 Bridger instead for beaver and save yourself some headaches by educating some beaver.


Common sense is a not a vegetable that does well in everyone's garden.
Re: Don't get caught in a 550 anymore. [Re: Guss] #7569002
04/25/22 07:35 AM
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You are going to use a slippery surface piece of wood rather than the ground to set the 550?
Um.....
Well....
Fire in the HOLE!!!

Blessings,
Mark


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Re: Don't get caught in a 550 anymore. [Re: Mark June] #7569006
04/25/22 07:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Mark June
You are going to use a slippery surface piece of wood rather than the ground to set the 550?
Um.....
Well....
Fire in the HOLE!!!

Blessings,
Mark

It works sweet Mark.

Re: Don't get caught in a 550 anymore. [Re: Guss] #7569014
04/25/22 07:59 AM
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In my opinion that is a giant waste of time and space and completely unnecessary for setting a 550, also the 550 is not a good choice for a beaver trap at all. That said, itís your deal, good luck.

Re: Don't get caught in a 550 anymore. [Re: Guss] #7569125
04/25/22 11:34 AM
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I believe he was going to use a Bridger # 3 for beaver. Still not ideal, but some guys like them. I personally use #5s for beaver, cause those back feet are huge.

Smacking your fingers every now and then is just part of the process lol. Iíve probably been grabbed by every trap I own at some point. The 330 hurt bad but by far the most painful was a brand new 4 coiled duke #4 that just got the tip of my middle finger. Lost that whole fingernail. Itís not bad getting a couple fingers, or even just one up higher, but when the tip of one finger takes the full force of the springsÖ.OUCH


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