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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-30-2010, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
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Which is a better 1 1/2 for the money?

Sleepy Creek, Bridger (unmod), or Montana? Right now I own MB and Duke traps. The MB traps are awesome but I'm looking to move in some 1.5s that are a little cheaper than MBs. All opinions are welcome. Thanks
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Re: Which is a better 1 1/2 for the money?

If you get the Bridgers and spend 20 minutes on the grinder like I've shown in the past, you will have the best #1.5 of the group. They are built with heavy material for a 1.5.


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Re: Which is a better 1 1/2 for the money?

Thanks 17, appreciate it.
Are the jaws too rigid on them or what?
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Re: Which is a better 1 1/2 for the money?

There is alot of concern with coons pulling out of stock #1.5 Bridgers. I'm not a coon trapper, but I've caught and held fox and coyotes without a problem in these little traps. A design flaw was brought to my attention with these traps. The taper on the outside of the jaw allows the levers to be pushed down with little effort.
I merely ground a flat spot on the outside edge of the jaw and the trap now locks up tight. A very simple yet very effective modification for a lightweight trap.
The trap on the left is stock. The trap on the right has the flat spot ground on the jaw.
In the video, the stock trap is shown first and the improved trap shows the results.


I've come to realize that you don't have to grind both jaws to achieve the positive lockup. I just set the trap, keep my thumb under the pan so it can't fire, and grind the loose jaw on my bench grinder. The single flat spot ground on the jaw takes away the mechanical advantage of the ramp on the tapered jaw.








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Re: Which is a better 1 1/2 for the money?

Thats great 17, thanks so much!

Just out of curiosity, are the Cavens at MTP gonna make the new ones without this flaw?
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Re: Which is a better 1 1/2 for the money?

We file/grinder almost all new traps. I agree with 17 on the Bridgers, they are one great trap.

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Re: Which is a better 1 1/2 for the money?

yeah the bridgers are a good strong trap needing almost no mods. I laminated mine though
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Re: Which is a better 1 1/2 for the money?

I just put 1/2 dozen of these and the 1.65s on the Christmas list that I gave to the fiance haha
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Re: Which is a better 1 1/2 for the money?

Montana's a very strong trap low cost.

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Re: Which is a better 1 1/2 for the money?

Well, FWIW, I'm a strong believer in "you get what you pay for" theory. I've used alot of different brands of traps and I've found that the MB's are built solid, need little or no adjustment, and will last longer than some other less expensive brands when cared for properly. The few extra $$ in cost is worth my time, replacement, and trouble.

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