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#10536 - 03/30/06 11:54 AM 330 magnum or not? & Bodygrip Trigger Wires
WI_Archer Offline
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Registered: 12/22/05
Posts: 82
Loc: WI
I am looking into picking up a few more 330s for next season. What are your favorite brands of these traps and why? Also do you prefer the magnum style or the regular and do you really notice a difference? I know a lot of this is preference, but I am looking for a good trap that will last.

(Edit: Title edited to refelct topic shift - Hal)

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#10537 - 03/30/06 02:29 PM Re: 330 magnum or not? & Bodygrip Trigger Wires
Newt Offline
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Registered: 07/31/00
Posts: 508
Loc: Port Republic,South Jersey & C...
Good traps make you money.
My Belisle ave more than payed for them selfs, in just od ball catches.
Last year I rember 4 beaver cought by the foot,1 beaver by the tail and a otter by the tail.
This past season I cought a otter by the tail,in a 280. It so happened to be the last trap on the last day of the season,to be picked up.He was on dry land with trees about so he had something to get a hold of to TRY to power out.He weighed in at 29# and 46 1/2" on the board. (not including the tail,of course) If the prices on otter hold like in the January sale at NAFA he should bring close to $300.00 If not higher.

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#10538 - 03/30/06 02:35 PM Re: 330 magnum or not? & Bodygrip Trigger Wires
Hal Offline
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Registered: 07/17/00
Posts: 9945
Loc: Blue Creek, Ohio, USA
Good lord, Newt. It sounds like you need to adjust your traps! If you're catching animals by the tail, it sounds like they are almost getting through your traps. How many animals are you missing?

Me, I don't have any preference for magum style 330's. But I do in 280's and 220's, especially for otter.

I've caught several beaver by the front foot in Magum 280's as they tried to climb over the trap.

smile -- Hal
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#10539 - 03/30/06 05:11 PM Re: 330 magnum or not? & Bodygrip Trigger Wires
Talachulitna Jim Offline
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Registered: 12/09/00
Posts: 317
Loc: Anchorage, AK
Agree with Newt -- I like Belisle.

Jim

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#10540 - 03/30/06 07:47 PM Re: 330 magnum or not? & Bodygrip Trigger Wires
RiverOtter Offline
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Registered: 02/27/05
Posts: 646
Loc: Monashee Mtns, British Columbi...
Belisle for me as well.

The design of the "Super X" series is such that they are a Magnum trap without the need of a breaker bar, which I don't like because they add weight to the trap(which passes onto my load to carry) not to mention more weight for the springs to move when they fire. The factory stiff safeties are also a pleasant addition and I can not understand why the other manufacturers have not woke up yet with their fall off safeties.

If that isn't enough, they are even cheaper than the LDL's, Sauvageau and Victor where I order from.

RO smile

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#10541 - 03/31/06 07:27 AM Re: 330 magnum or not? & Bodygrip Trigger Wires
bobkat Offline
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Registered: 04/17/05
Posts: 113
Loc: Ruckersville, Va
Belisle for sure. Neck caught a 30lb otter in a 220 and he did not even move the trap in flowing water.

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#10542 - 03/31/06 08:13 AM Re: 330 magnum or not? & Bodygrip Trigger Wires
Newt Offline
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Registered: 07/31/00
Posts: 508
Loc: Port Republic,South Jersey & C...
Hal,Anybody th ever traped with me will tell you. My traps ARE tuned and in the best condision posable,its my living not my hobby.
These odd ball catches are a result of, raising water (Beaver by the foot)and animals backing in to the traps. ( a otter backing up into his toilit) Or a beaver turning on the dam cross over, to get a stick or something (beaver by the tail).
OH, I forgot last year,not last season. I cought a bobcat by the back leg, on a beaver dan in a 330.Guess he was walking across the trap, useing it as a bridge to cross the open water in the dam brake.
See I'm just catch'n and hold'n everything. That other wise would have been let go. A other trapper useing inferior traps, would be there stearing at a empty trap. Saying to his self "Self- A stick or flooting leaf must have sprong my trap". I also catch lots of muskrats and mink in my 280's and 330's too.

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#10543 - 03/31/06 08:56 AM Re: 330 magnum or not? & Bodygrip Trigger Wires
Hal Offline
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Registered: 07/17/00
Posts: 9945
Loc: Blue Creek, Ohio, USA
smile Okay.

smile -- Hal
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#10544 - 04/01/06 07:01 AM Re: 330 magnum or not? & Bodygrip Trigger Wires
Buzzard.. Offline
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Registered: 02/26/03
Posts: 859
Loc: North Carolina
I will stick with my dukes

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#10545 - 04/01/06 08:20 AM Re: 330 magnum or not? & Bodygrip Trigger Wires
Bogmaster Offline
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Registered: 07/31/00
Posts: 240
Loc: Lakeland,Mn.
Newton,while Belisles may be the cats meow,it is the closed jaw (magnum)part of the scenario,that causes, or should I say allows, tail and feet catches.Use some of the other 330 magnums,and you will also find you make these same catches.
Magnum-very little gap between jaws, when trap is fired.
Regular jawed 330-gap may be a couple of inches when trap is fired.
Tom Olson

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