I picked up a couple of Oneida victor #1 stop loss traps. Anyone have problems setting them? The stop loss spring (bar) really pushes up against the pan making it hard to set off. Just wondering if maybe I am doing something wrong.
IMHO, that delay pin is insignificant, unnecessary and could be cut off ... many people never use it.That curved piece of steel has to be inserted between the stop loss arm and the spring before you bed the trap. When the trap fires the rat will straighten out the chain pull the pin out and release the stop loss arm. If that pin doesn't hold back the stop loss arm it could potentially knock the rat away from the trap. That's how I set em anyway good luck !!
It is funny how we all have our own tastes. I will not use a stoploss that the bail runs under the pan. I run wide bail B&L or usually the first trap I reach for is the very old square pan Vics (with the wire dog) or the old Pioneer equivalent.If u have to much pan tension, try and bend the wire of the stop toward the trap a little so it sits more on the frame of the trap, only foothold I use for rats, by only I mean victors, the other brands that have the wire by the spring r a waste of time IMO