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When a target comes off of a pat-trap tilted singles and handicap only, what adjustment do I make to correct this problem? Thanks
Optical illusion. Unless the target “tails off” toward the low side of the supposed tilt you are likely looking at the effect of low angle sun.
 

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What and type of target are you throwing? We use full orange. Our fields face east so there is always a shadow on the north side of the targets. Orange is much easier to see and minimizes the shadow. If the targets are orange dome only, the black outline will exaggerate the shadow effect.
Our club shoots evenings from 6:00 t0 9:00 year round. We always throw full orange targets. Summer time we have a green background, corn or beans in the field beyond the fallout area. Once is a while we shoot full white targets after sundown. That's a hoot. Big white Frisbee's coming outta house number three, smoke hanging in the air.
 

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Page 35, diagram 50 of the manual.

Make sure the singles finger is 4 3/8" from the doubles finger. If this measurement is less, you will get slanted targets to the right.
 
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Pat Traps have an adjustment for the throwing deck for taking the tilt out of whenever target you are throwing.
The deck sets higher on the right side(looking from the back of the trap) then the frame.
The large pillow block behind the gray control box has the adjusting nut on it.
It helps to have a couple of guys. One with a short 2x4 to hold up the throwing deck, while the other tighten the nut.

The machine is set to throw White Flyer, but there are some targets that take more then the adjustment allows. Then you have to shim the frame.
 

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Pat Traps have an adjustment for the throwing deck for taking the tilt out of whenever target you are throwing.
The deck sets higher on the right side(looking from the back of the trap) then the frame.
The large pillow block behind the gray control box has the adjusting nut on it.
It helps to have a couple of guys. One with a short 2x4 to hold up the throwing deck, while the other tighten the nut.

The machine is set to throw White Flyer, but there are some targets that take more then the adjustment allows. Then you have to shim the frame.
Direct from the mechanics at Pat-Trap (Charlie & Joe).
When the base frame is level the throw plate is designed to be 1/4" to 5/16" out of level and you should NEVER change that.
Give them a call. 603-428-3396.
 

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You always want to make sure the base is level front to back and side to side. On the older machines the throw plate would also be level side to side. If you have one of those you can loosen up the mounting bolts on the pivot bearing for the throw plate and move the plate up (looking at the machine from the back side) so that you have 1 degree of incline up to the right side of the machine. If you are not able to achieve the 1 degree it may be necessary to shim under the right side of the frame. It will make a noticeable difference especially on the RH doubles bird that is prone to curling off to the RH side of the field.

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When a target comes off of a pat-trap tilted singles and handicap only, what adjustment do I make to correct this problem? Thanks
Thanks for all the info, we throw an all orange white flyer target. I will check the finger for singles. We throw targets straight into the east and it was in the evening so it may have been an optical illusion
 

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It is rather easy to tell if the are slanting or just a shadow illusion. If the target is flying off to one side from original target path and landing in the ground like a turning airplane crash they are slanted. If they fly out and stay on course right until they are about ten feet off the ground then slant off to the side or maybe even back toward the trap, then it is an illusion. Wind sometimes does affect flight, but usually not slant the bird until long after you would have shot at it.

I always say the slanted birds look like a roster pheasant flying off and looking back at you while they slant to the side the are looking from.
 

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It is rather easy to tell if the are slanting or just a shadow illusion. If the target is flying off to one side from original target path and landing in the ground like a turning airplane crash they are slanted. If they fly out and stay on course right until they are about ten feet off the ground then slant off to the side or maybe even back toward the trap, then it is an illusion. Wind sometimes does affect flight, but usually not slant the bird until long after you would have shot at it.

I always say the slanted birds look like a roster pheasant flying off and looking back at you while they slant to the side the are looking from.
HUH?
 
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