Re: Bridger DP
Let me start this off with saying Iíve been a Bridger fan for years. I replaced all my foot holds in early 2000-2002 with Bridger #2ís then I modified them and never looked back. Looking at the price Bridgerís selling their D/Pís for at Minnesota Trapping Supplies it was a no brainer for me.
However, after receiving them I sent them back. The only thing I liked about them was the stake, chain, and swivels. Which you can get similar quality from any other D/P on the market. The cylinder is rolled steel and then pressed together kind of like you would dove tail wood. I understand it coon trapping but it seemed to be a cutting corners more than I would like to have seen. They used a bolt and a nut to assemble pan/trigger assembly. Again coon trapping here, but I can see the nut coming off and having to repair the trap prior to resetting it. I could push on the bolt with my thumb and flex it. Iím not saying they had weak springs on them because they were not weak. But they seemed to be easier to set than other D/Pís. Like I said, not bad, but a little less quality. They just cut too many corners for me. They may be the correct purchase for you and your line. For me Iíll spend a few more dollars for a higher quality trap in hopes of fewer problems on the line.
Iím going to look at the Z-Traps and Duke. I got burnt in the late 1990ís on Duke Traps which left a bad taste in my mouth for their products. I fully understand that they worked out their design issues. But Iím still salty over the poor purchase none the less.