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A club has two traps. One is a laporte that has been rebuilt and the other a pat trap that is two years old. both are set at 9 ft high 10 yards out,42 mph and the birds hit at 49-50 yards. However the Laporte trap looks like it is throwing higher birds and other shooters seem to think so as well. Does the Laporte throw targets at a different angle than the pat? Shooters say they are shooting under them on the Laporte. Any suggestions?

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Our club has 2 185 Laporte traps,In my opinion the laporte has one of the best systems of consistent target placement on the plate and arm,the release of the target would mimic how a frisbee is thrown as at the start of acceleration of the target off the plate is soft increasing the force of acceleration until the target leaves the arm.We have a balltrap version that will throw a target over a hundred yards without it breaking,perhaps the difference could be attributed to amount of spin put on the clay.
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<i>Shooters say they are shooting under them on the Laporte. Any suggestions?</i>

Tell them to point higher?

Could be the spin. One may have more spin than the other.
 

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had a guy tell me once that the targets were flyin past the stake, I told him to shoot before they got that far, I doubt if shooting under a target has anything to do with type of trap, if both are set at same height, and speed, how could there be a difference, at least enough of a difference that a 30 inch pattern is gonna see. mark crist
 

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For what I have hear the Laporte is a problem soon to come. There is a club that I go and shoot at that has or should I say HAD one and was glad to get ride of it. Pat is the way to go with far less problems. Parts are easy to get and to service.
 

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Pat traps go the distance with minimal expense. La Porte ain't bad, but it's French, and we found some real inconstencies in spare parts. Holes in 2 different places, etc.

The frog machine got better when they introduced the brake motor, but it's still not the best.

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I will not try to give you advice only observations, but I looked up a Laporte trap and the ones I looked at only had 8 or twelve towers. I am just guessing, but you may have the Laporte set lower in your trap house than the Pat. I think this would give you aslightly steeper angle and when set at the same 9 foot it would go up alittle higher the farther out you get, because of the stepper angle. John 8703697
 

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Just my thoughts on the subject, one of the traps is set higher in the trap house than the other which would make one target come out at a different angle. Its like stacking the beads on your shot gun. The lower the back the higher the front. I hope I explained it right.

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I agree with WTW and John Browning. To check this you can drive a stake off post one.With a string level with the concrete (laser would be better)
Pull the string tight and level to the side of the trap house. Mark the side of the trap house. Your throwing deck should be level with this mark. If the machine is lower you will see more "face" on the target. Making it look higher.
We repoured 4 fields 3 years ago and used a laser to do this. We knew the floors had been poured incorrectly,all were to high so all you saw the the leading edge of the target. One field had to be raised 11 inches!

For what its worth

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