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315er
July 13, 2009, 08:57 AM
I want to buy a clay bird thrower for individual practice. I am a beginner who wants to develop my skills. My shooting place is within 100 feet of an electrical outlet..I've been using a hand thrower and faithful friend to throw... Any advice on what to get?

Shooter-activated?
Battery-operated?
Spring-activated?
Doubles?
Tripod?
Post-mount?
I have no clue...

Big $500 + club-type machines are not what I need... I found one for under $35 (Tripod model) but a guy posted a review that said it was trash that required welding before using...and would not throw past 50 yds.

I am tired of retro-fitting every dang thing I buy just to make it work.

I want a tool that works!! Any advice? THANKS!!!

Doyle
July 13, 2009, 09:01 AM
My buddy had one that he bought a Walmart that threw pretty well. It has a seat that the operator sat on to give it more weight. You could also get a Reese hitch adapter for it so that it would mount on a trailer hitch receiver.

OPC
July 13, 2009, 10:27 AM
If your buddy will keep throwing them, then a 3/4 cock Do-All Trap with a wobbler (http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/pod/horizontal-pod.jsp?_DARGS=/cabelas/en/common/catalog/pod-link.jsp_A&_DAV=MainCatcat602007-cat601042&rid=&indexId=cat601042&navAction=push&masterpathid=&navCount=3&parentType=index&parentId=cat601042&id=0003678) is about as good as it gets, IMO. He can point it anywhere at whim for different target angles, the spring is strong & will throw out past 70yds, and the 3/4 cock (cam) significantly reduces the cocking effort.:cool:

alfack
July 13, 2009, 11:40 AM
I've tried the cheap ones with the stakes that you drive into the ground or mount to a spare tire etc.. Two words. They suck! I have resigned to the hand throwers and a shooting pal. I think if you want to get one that works, you need to drop some major coinage. Please let us know if you find one that works for you.

Good luck.

big26john
July 16, 2009, 08:26 PM
If you have a buddy to throw the hand throwers work well. If you do get a thrower make sure you "anchor" it well or it will not throw well.

publius
July 17, 2009, 09:46 AM
Every cheap spring thrower I've ever had has broken clays and torn up within a couple of years. All I use now is a cheap plastic hand thrower. Works great, doesn't break clays and you have complete control of your throw.

oneounceload
July 17, 2009, 06:29 PM
If you're going to use those red plastic hand throwers, get the fiberglass extension that fits into the handle - you'll be able to fling them 100 yds at screaming velocities.

BTW, club machines can typically go for closer to $3500 to $5,000, not $500.

chris in va
July 18, 2009, 10:19 PM
Here you go. Trius One Step. No need to cock it by hand, just load the clay and step on it.

http://www.cabelas.com/p-0012730221110a.shtml
http://img174.imageshack.us/img174/4554/s7221110imageset01.jpg (http://img174.imageshack.us/i/s7221110imageset01.jpg/)

BTW, club machines can typically go for closer to $3500 to $5,000, not $500.

Well, you can get a very similar 'Aerial Assault' version starting at $370.
http://www.nativeoutdoors.com/aerialassault.html?gclid=CKeu79zo4JsCFRdGxwoddDW5bw

oneounceload
July 19, 2009, 08:05 PM
Well, you can get a very similar 'Aerial Assault' version starting at $370.
http://www.nativeoutdoors.com/aerial...FRdGxwoddDW5bw


and if you look at the large model, it's over several thousand dollars. Commercial grades are even higher

chris in va
July 22, 2009, 12:18 AM
I want to buy a clay bird thrower for individual practice.

He's not looking for a $5,000 commercial thrower, but would benefit from a $500 electric one similar in function. Not even sure why you mentioned the commercial types.:confused:

hknut
July 22, 2009, 01:05 AM
I had a friend who welded a thrower like the one in post 8 to a old, bald spare tire. He pulled it with 1 of his ankles and a string.

Ian0351
July 22, 2009, 02:01 AM
Isn't it more fun with a friend though? I have looked at and discarded the idea of a cheap thrower as I am not a welder or a mechanic and I already carry entirely too much crap to the range.

b.thomas
July 31, 2009, 08:48 PM
I've had one of the Do-All (full cock) Wally world specials for a couple of years now and they work great, except someone other then the shooter has to throw the bird. Works much better then the ground mounted ones, allot easier on the old back! Mine ran about $99 bucks at walmart. :D
http://www.do-alltraps.com/

stonesfan08
August 1, 2009, 03:07 PM
get one and buy a five dollar hand thrower they are fun. set the gun on the ground throw. dorp thrower pick gun. take off safty. aim and shoot. hard at first but gets easy fast. then try some one throwing from behind you, up high down low far left far right if you get good throwing u can make is do a like sprial. this is very hard to hit it does loops leading is very hard you can throw faster then most thrower.

its a good thrower that never has to be mounted and fits nicely in most gun cases. you can leave it in you truck even, under the seat.

xrx1113
August 15, 2009, 09:12 PM
i use a 12 year old not cheap but they work well and can do chores around the house.

HalH
August 16, 2009, 09:30 PM
I know this may be late but I just seen the post. I have built 2 clay bird thrower using a purchased thrower. They normally use a rope to pull that will through the bird. The problem was it normally takes 2 people to shoot clay's. Being I wanted to do this by myself it created a problem. I mounted the thrower on a small piece of plywood and added a foot control to through the clay bird. Not like the one pictured above but close. The parts I used were standard items that came from the local home products center. Within a few hours I had built 2 self operated throwers that work just fine. You load a bird, step on the trip arm, and shoot. I'm not sure if that's what you are wanting but it can be done. Besides the cost of the "2 man thrower" I spent about $8.00 or $9.00 dollars (US).

Ian0351
August 17, 2009, 01:36 PM
I think xrx1113 is on the right page! I think it's just more fun when you have the variance between tosses, makes for better practice too.

speedsixman
August 23, 2009, 08:59 PM
A year or so ago I did a Google search for reviews/comments about clay bird throwers. On one gun forum, (I forget which), there was page after page after page of threads bad-mouthing the Do-All Aerial Assault throwers. Seems they had a major design and quality control problem.
From personal experience, my daughter bought one of them 3 or 4 years ago for Christmas for her hubby. The blasted thing never has worked right, in spite of a trip back to the factory, and we had to modify the drop plate in it to get it to drop the clays at all! It worked OK for about 2 trips to the range, and then the power mechanism started hanging up, and wouldn't cycle the machine, and it now collects dust in the basement. Don't know if the factory has corrected their poor engineering or not, but research carefully before you buy one of them!!!!!

I bought a Champion Easy Bird about a year ago, no great precision machine, but so far it works!!!!!

Myron