Go Back   The Michigan Sportsman Forums > Michigan Hunting > Michigan Trapping and Varmint Hunting > MichiganTrapping.com
Home Forums Classifieds Product Reviews Campfire Calendar Calendar MS Links
Register FAQ Blogs Members List Social Groups Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 03-19-2007, 08:52 PM
bhugo's Avatar
bhugo is offline
Tracker
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Grand Blanc
Posts: 150
Question old #2 square jaw victors

Remove this ad.....
become a Supporting Member today.
Hi All,

I have been given 10 older square jaw #2 victor traps. I have been told that they are not good for coyote as is and that the jaws should be replaced with 1.75 round jaws. I will be baseplating them, and the springs seem real strong. Has anyone ever heard of swapping square #2 jaws with round #1.75 jaws? Would they just fit...or have to be altered?

Some of the square jaw tips bend out as is normal and some of them are acually bent in toward the center of the trap on other traps. Was this an improvement?

Any help by the trap mdification experts would be appreciated.
__________________
Member MTA, NTA, FTA
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 03-19-2007, 09:17 PM
Dave Lyons's Avatar
Dave Lyons Dave Lyons is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Lake Ann
Posts: 1,558
Photos: 6Users Photo Gallery
Default

hugo,

Your best bet is to make sure the spring are good and use them for mink trapping and buy new traps for coyote trapping. Because by the time you make an old victor square jaw into a good coyote trap you could have bought a new trap.

Dave
Reply With Quote
Remove this ad...  
  #3  
Old 03-19-2007, 09:41 PM
griffondog's Avatar
griffondog griffondog is offline
Korthals Ugly Dog Owner
Rank Type

 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Oakland County
Posts: 3,211
Photos: 93Users Photo Gallery
Default Traps

I'll second Daves thoughts on the victor 2's. You might as well buy a real coyote trap.

Griffondog
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-20-2007, 08:33 PM
bhugo's Avatar
bhugo bhugo is offline
Tracker
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Grand Blanc
Posts: 150
Default

Solves that problem...thanks guys. I will keep them for the creek trapping.
__________________
Member MTA, NTA, FTA
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-22-2007, 08:06 PM
Mallard Mallard is offline
Guide
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Traverse City
Posts: 348
Default

I'll second what Dave has said, and add that the #2 square jaw victor, without too much pan tension (springs on the weaker side), makes a super fine mink trap!
__________________
Proud member of SCI, NTA, DW, DU and NRA

Progress is not created by contented people. ~ F.Tyger

old #2 square jaw victors - MichiganTrapping.com
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-27-2007, 11:20 AM
David G Duncan's Avatar
David G Duncan David G Duncan is offline
Moderator
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Hay River, Northwest Territories
Posts: 2,996
Photos: 356Users Photo Gallery
Blog Entries: 34
Default

bhugo,

The old square jawed #2 Victor Fox Traps, were a fine Fox trap in their day. But are no where near as effective as the current day round jaw coil spring traps.

You are correct that these #2 Square Jawed coilsprings do not make a good coyote trap, because a coyote will easily pop the jaws out of these traps.

These #2 Square Jawed coilsprings will work fine as a mink and muskrat trap, but unfortunately the will grip too high up on the foot of a raccoon. Which makes them a very unsatisfactory raccoon trap! To get around this problem with raccoons, it would be recommended that you employ a good drowning wire set-up, when you set this trap for mink. Because any good mink set is also going to catch every passing raccoon.

I have had good results using my #2 Square Jawed Victor for both coyote and fox during early winter, by only setting them where I can utilize a drag set-up. But I never set these #2's in a situation where I have to solidly stake these traps, if there is a possibility of catching a coyote.
__________________
Trapper Dave
Member: ATA, MTA, NTA
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-07-2007, 09:28 AM
wmduckman's Avatar
wmduckman wmduckman is offline
Guide
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Grant, Michigan
Posts: 216
Photos: 4Users Photo Gallery
Default

bhugo,
since you were given these traps you have no purchase cost. victor 1.75 replacement jaws fit the traps fine. if you have access to a tig or gas mig welder, I would modify your traps. I do it all the time. F&T prices are
base plates 1.25 , 12.50
jaws (pair) 1.75 , 17.50
jaw lamination kit 8.95
38.95 total plus shipping.
Far from the price of new traps and you built them your self.
__________________
MAY GOD BLESS ALL OUR TROOPS.
Member:
Michigan Trappers Assocation
National Trappers Assocation
Michigan United Conservation Clubs
Ducks Unlimited
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:42 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2000-2011 Michigan-Sportsman.com flagship of the iGreatLakes.com network