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Old May 2, 2018, 02:32 PM   #1
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Wheelybird 2.0 - is it worth the extra $$?

I noticed that they have the new wheelybird out now, a "2.0".
From what I can tell from the ads, it comes with a wireless trigger.

Other than that, is there a reason to spend the extra money on a 2.0? I've been wanting an electric thrower for a while, so, doing my research... thanks!
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Old May 2, 2018, 03:15 PM   #2
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I started with a White Wing electric trap. Worked great, but the foot switch would up set my stance. I then went to a wireless control, that also worked great, but I had to change my hold on the gun to trip the trap.
Then, (this is where everything gets good) I got a Clay Delay voice operated switch.
Now I just load my gun, arm the Clay Delay and call for the bird. I do sometimes forget
and arm the unit before closing the guns action. That sound alone will trip the unit.
And will send a bird off before I'm ready to shoot.

I'm a casual trap shooter, shooting at a local public range where you have to bring
everything with you, but I can shoot as long as I want for just the daily fee.
A electric trap machine is well worth the money spent.
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Old May 2, 2018, 08:09 PM   #3
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well I kinda figured I was going to get a voice activated remote switch eventually; but I also have a wife and kids so I think a foot-operated switch will be good for a while
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Old May 3, 2018, 07:46 AM   #4
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I sometimes shoot with a group, so I pressed a old engine remote start switch
into service. Added a length of cord from a old appliance to the switch.
The Do all traps use regular 110V plugs as connectors on the control circuit.

That trigger switch just added a bit of niceness to the setup.
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Old May 3, 2018, 08:37 PM   #5
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I went ahead and ordered it. A buddy from the UK is coming over next month. We are going to do some serious clay damage together... I think he'll love it.
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Old May 3, 2018, 08:41 PM   #6
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Have fun, let us know how you like it.... and share some pictures.

Us armchair shotgunners like pictures
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Old May 4, 2018, 07:03 AM   #7
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With a cycle time of less than two seconds we are too busy shooting to take
pictures!

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Old May 6, 2018, 06:47 AM   #8
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Going forward, another thing you might want to consider is buying a used commercial machine - yes they are more expensive, even used, but they are built to throw hundreds of thousands of targets. Whether from a club closing or upgrading, you can get brands like LaPorte, ProMatic, MEC, Winchester and others for decent pricing
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Old May 7, 2018, 07:14 AM   #9
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The cost difference between a used commercial and a new can be used to buy
clays and shells. can be handled by one person.

And the commercial trap will be harder to handle, than the DoAll trap
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Old May 7, 2018, 08:31 AM   #10
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But it will also throw further and faster and typically last a lot longer. Commercial sporting machines are mounted on wheels and can be moved by hand or atv
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Old May 8, 2018, 10:48 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the replies guys!

I think that if I end up wearing out the wheelybird I will step up to a commercial thrower. Before we get there, however, I will have a chance to find out how often I end up using the trap and how I like it...
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Old May 13, 2018, 11:32 PM   #12
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Tried it out for the first time yesterday.

Main observation -- this thing has to be leveled just so. If it isn't, the clays just don't feed right.

The foot switch I can get used to.

With my Winchester model 1300 pump I was actually able to hit some birds.

Funny thing is, with my Remington 11-48 semi auto, I wasnt able to hit a thing...
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Old May 14, 2018, 06:31 AM   #13
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Take a friend with you next time, he/she can operate the switch.

The foot switch does throw your stance off that much.
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Old May 15, 2018, 11:23 PM   #14
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Going to try it again this weekend.
Watched a lot of videos, took some time to learn what I was doing wrong.
In the meantime, the bruise is healing nicely...
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Old May 16, 2018, 06:44 AM   #15
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There is one thing about the electric traps -- you tend to go through a lot of
shells and birds quickly.
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Old May 16, 2018, 04:17 PM   #16
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There is one thing about the electric traps -- you tend to go through a lot of
shells and birds quickly.
I have a trick up my sleeve. I recover a lot of the clays, since I don't hit most of them
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Old May 17, 2018, 08:54 AM   #17
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Our public range is open only four days a week, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

The Thursday morning shooters will usually walk the field before shooting, a couple of
times I've left with more birds than I started with after my shells ran out.
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