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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-04-2018, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
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Bridger coil springs

My Canine mainstay are Bridger #2's & #3's.
One thing to keep your eye on after a catch is springs & spring pin.
After a catch or tuning last years traps...Two things guys overlook on the Bridgers is coil springs off center and/or spring pin is out of the groove in the frame. They can be easily tapped in place with plyers.
Tack welding the spring pin would solve the problem.
But the average guy doesn't tack weld pin. I've bought many used Bridgers and springs or spring pin was out of place.
Just wanted to pass this along to Bridger users.

Here's examples what to look for-
1)Coil springs not centered.
2-3) Spring pin is out of groove, on frame
4) Properly centered springs. Spring pin in groove.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-04-2018, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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Reason I posted is I've seen other guys Bridgers out of whack. I told them it is an easy fix.
Plus I bought many used Bridgers where things weren't lined up, but an easy fix.
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Thanks for the tip Hern, I started using Bridgers last season, even caught a sheep in one lol

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#2 modified Bridgers are my mainstay for canines. I got a dozen #2 dogless Bridgers new for this season. They come night latched from the factory. There isnít a Trappers Cap on the market to fit them....had a buddy fab me one. It started with a metal outlet workbox , with some additional welding and grinding done.

I have seen spring pins frequently move out of the notch after a catch. I usually notice it when the trap doesnít want to set properly. Iím gonna make it a habit to give them a good look from here on out.
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I came across this post not long after it was made and mentally logged the information.

Last week I received 6 #2 Dogless in a trade. I knew that I needed to level the pan and then grind down the back of the pan so that it would fire properly.

But when I went to set it I noticed that the one latch wouldn’t go past the spot where the jaws sit. Then it hit me, make sure that the springs are centered, etc... Sure enough it worked and all was well.

Thank you for the information. No matter how insignificant some may see such posts, there are those of us who it helps tremendously.

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Good post Thank You Herm

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