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Old January 22, 2000, 05:14 PM   #1
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what is the best skeet thower for the money
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Old January 22, 2000, 05:55 PM   #2
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Someone with a strong arm.
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Old January 22, 2000, 09:31 PM   #3
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Gee Rosco,

That's what my dad thought too. Gee my arm would be sore some nights.

I was also the best TV remote for the money back in the days come to think of it...
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Old January 23, 2000, 12:56 AM   #4
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OK more input needed. What kind of thrower, manual, electric, mounted or hand thrown type?

Lincoln makes some very good manual traps, a bit on the expensive side but very reliable. They are designed to be mounted on a framework that you sit on to operate the trap. As to electric machines, the Beomat line, made in Sweden I believe, has the best reputation but you will need to take out a second mortgae to buy one.

As to "strongarm" type hand throwers, any one that throws the bird will work.


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Old January 23, 2000, 05:19 PM   #5
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My friend and I split the cost on an Outers Flight Master. We also got the second throwing arm. I think we paid $150 for the machine and $20 for the second arm. It works good for what we use it for (mainly a trap type setup). As for a skeet setup, we could probably set two throwers up. But since it is usually just my buddy and I shooting, it would be impractical. I still think the thrower has paid for itself as we don't have a 'thrower' that can be powered by soda pop and cookies.

If you do get the Flight Master, be sure to remove that stupid "safety ring". It makes the whole thing pretty awkward during transport to the farm where we shoot. I have also disconnected the main spring for storage so I can fold it up into a neat little package under my reloading bench.

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Old January 23, 2000, 07:22 PM   #6
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Old January 24, 2000, 11:51 AM   #7
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I have had excellent results using those red plastic throwers that sell for under $10 at any Wal-Mart, K-Mart, etc. Don't know the brand name, but they're easy to find.

You get a lot of control that way--throw soft, throw hard, high, low, etc. And will throw much farther than the best arm.

The only downside is you can't shoot alone. You need someone with you to throw while you shoot, then trade off. But then, most TFL members consider shooting a buddy sport, anyway, right?
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Old January 24, 2000, 03:19 PM   #8
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I think the cheapo...uhh...inexpensive, red plastic thrower you're thinking of is made by MTM.

I haven't had any experience with these, but I've heard they are terribly inconsistent. It probably depends on the skill of the thrower on how inconsistent it really is. Sure can't beat $10 though. I think it would be worth a try.
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Old January 25, 2000, 12:55 PM   #9
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Friend and I were out this last weekend with the red plastic thrower and had a blast - true, it does take some practice to get good with it, but once you have it down, it's fairly consistent. You can vary your throw distance, your flight angle and such very easily, and to boot, the shooter doesn't know exactly where it's going to go, either.

IME, it's a good way for you and a buddy to get good at shooting at 'real-world' targets rather than machine thrown targets. Plus, you'll build up your strong arm to the point that it'll make lugging groceries for the wife that much easier!

Seriously, for the money you can't go wrong with the red plastic thrower,
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Old January 26, 2000, 02:55 AM   #10
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Jonathan

Natchez Shooters Supply has the MTM E-Z Throw II for the following prices:

Target Thrower: $3.71
Tar. Throwers, Med.Range: $9.98
Double Target Throwers: $8.57

The Outers thrower:
Outers Flight Master: $141.16
Trap Doubles Throwing Arm: $21.31

I have no idea what the differences are between the three MTM throwers. Maybe somebody else here at TFL knows. Or you could check it out at the MTM Case-Gard website.

Happy shopping.
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Old January 27, 2000, 04:20 PM   #11
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The MTM throwers are offered in 'standard' which is just the red thrower itself, looks like a super-heavy-duty flyswatter with GIANT "C" on the end, to which the clay bird is inserted prior to 'throwing'. The Medium Range thrower is the same red thrower with a long wooden rod screwed to it (about 3-4 feet long, IIRC), which allows you to get a greater swing on it prior to release, and the Double Arm thrower is the same red plastic handle with two 'heads' that lets you throw 2 birds at once (with or without the wooden extension attached).

I've only had experience with the 'basic' thrower. Let us know if you get one of the others, I'd be curious if they work as advertised. Sure can't beat the price!
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Old October 13, 2005, 01:59 PM   #12
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i have used the MTM EZ thrower and the EZ throw MR. they both work well, but the EZ throw MR is much better!! it is an awesome thrower, but you have to know how to use it. you have to hold it with a split grip, and then you snap it instead of using a big swing like a golf club. One of the coolest things is that you can make the clay curve in mid-flight and pull stunts like that. it takes some practice, but i would suggest spending the money for the EZ-thrower-MR. by the way, it is mounted on a fiberglass rod, NOT a wooden rod. That is important, because you get extra flex and play from the fiberglass. a few hints: vary your swing from starting up high to starting down low. i swear that the clay will hook and slice according to your swings. it is really awesome, and extremly challenging for the shooters.

i say shooters because i used to have multiple shooters line up and try to hit the clays i would throw. i once threw 14 clays without any of the 4 shooters making a shot!
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Old October 13, 2005, 04:48 PM   #13
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Yup, red plastic arm. It can't be beat.

Boy will it put those things out there! It takes some getting use to....but it is a good challenge.
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Old October 14, 2005, 12:57 PM   #14
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Depends...

Clay throwers come in all Price Ranges, Features, and Qualities.

Personally I am partial to and recommend the Trius 1 Step.

Portable, allows one to shoot by themselves, safe design , ease of use.


http://www.lymanproducts.com/TriusTraps/Triushome.htm


I have used the various simple Outers to the high dollar LaPorte's.

I have a special thing about Skeet Fields, clay games, and "bird shoots" out the middle nowhere places..farms, pastures.

These 1-Steps are sure great at teaching, learning and practice.

Not to mention the fun factor.
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Old October 18, 2005, 05:54 PM   #15
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Double Thrower

The single red thrower' are great and it didn't take too long for me or my friends to learn hwo to throw. If it's cold try to warm them up (engine Block). Also they're pretty stiff the first couple times out but once broken in are extremely easy. I broke a double thrower once. Was throwing a pair and it broke off at the end of the handle and hit my Dad's friend's gun. Gl;ad I didn't hit him in the face. So stick with the singles!
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Old October 19, 2005, 01:20 PM   #16
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I will second those Trius 1 Step's. They are easy to tote and require no set-up at the range. We've oft times showed up, shot and left whilst others were still struggling to mount their throwers to a spare tire or secure them to the hard-packed dirt.
The only trouble with the Trius 1 Step's IMHO is that they throw kind of slow and doubles are barely moving. We often use ours in conjunction with the cheap red plastic throwers in order to keep things interesting. Siince it is a 1 Step, it is easy for the same operator to also hand toss.
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