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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-04-2016, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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2 coil vs. 4 coil traps

Thinking of getting a dozen of new Bridgers #3 dogless , thoughts on 2 or 4 coil ?
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Re: 2 coil vs. 4 coil traps

My Bridger #2's are 4 coiled and fully modified and I like them. If you get the 4 coiled and don't want them on until freezing conditions you can take them off easily.
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Re: 2 coil vs. 4 coil traps

I don't use bridgers, but here's my thought on 2 vs 4. I prefer the power of a 4 coil trap to bust out of crusted over ground and to give it a little more speed when not frozen. Now, It won't break out of a COMPLETELY frozen set. But it will break through a partial freeze. I haven't noticed any fur damage but all mine are cast jaws and/or offset. The holding power is also better if you latch onto a big yote. I've caught many foxes in 4 coiled yote sets and didn't have major leg damage.
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Re: 2 coil vs. 4 coil traps

We own a lot of both, four and two coiled K9 traps. I would never four coil our Bridger 3s without laminating them. Just too much force hitting the leg of a grey or someone's house cat. We have run four coiled laminated Duke 4s for a lot of years now with very little damage to anything we've ever caught.

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Re: 2 coil vs. 4 coil traps

i run nothing but 4 coil, but i'm up here in Potter County too, so needing to bust thru crusted over ground is pretty much the normal almost all of trapping season. yes, they snap hard- they're supposed to, but i think more leg damage is due to not having enough swivel action moreso than 2 vs 4 coil. i picked up a red yesterday with a nice high ankle snap and it had zero leg damage. i do use offset jaws, but again, i think that swivel action, or lack thereof, does more damage that coils or jaw type.
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Re: 2 coil vs. 4 coil traps

I bought a couple used Duke #4's - 4 coil that measure a tad more than 6 1/2 inches.

Never used them, but the price was right..
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Re: 2 coil vs. 4 coil traps

Unless you're wanting the for beaver, I'd go 4 coiled. New trap springs lose a bit of tension every season, four coiled are always gonna bust up though whatever you plant them in. If they're for canines, I'd go with the offset jaws.
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I guess I'm in the minority, I like 2 coiled traps
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Re: 2 coil vs. 4 coil traps

Been some years but I like the lighter traps. If I was trying to catch a smart coon I used 1# jumps. Small traps sure are not going to cut through any crust but sure were able to set off light. I use to spend hours heating not boiling traps, I get a kick out of every time I hear of boiling traps. I have to say the 1 1/2 jump, 1 1/2 coil were the bests for me. Took years to learn to set in right places and got to the point I never had too many misses. Got a loot of coons and foxes in crazy places. Red in swamps, and coons in muskrat bank sets. Sure funny seeing a x-large coon in a little 1# long spring.
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Re: 2 coil vs. 4 coil traps

Thanks for the input guys! Just trying to make some adjustments, I lost a big coyote the other day . He pulled out of a MB 550 4 coil and lost a bobcat that pulled out of a Bridger 1.5 4 coil.
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