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A friend and I were discussing the best way to pick up old hulls on a trap field. We have a "have a ball" but not happy with the results. Currently we use a leaf rake and get them into piles and then shovel them up and put in boxes. We have used small magnets but that is rather slow. He had an idea to build a push cart or wagon with a 12 volt electro magnet to pick the hulls up and then roll over to another area and turn it off and it would drop the hull (I realze that the good shells are more brass than steel and wouldn't pick up as well). Has anyone else tried this our know if a 12 volt magnet would be strong enough? Another possibilty would be a 110 volt generator in the rear of a golf cart and use ac current on the magnet. We have tried roofing magnets and they aren't strong enough. If we got the magnet too strong it might pull everyones guns off the gun rack and pull peoples heads off their stock if the have a steel plate in their head. Any thoughts or idea's. With the influx of cheap shells, hulls on the ground have become a problem when it comes to being too fat to bend over to pick them up. Bill Parson Jr.
 

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Have you ever thought about one of the push or pull type leaf brusher rake things where you just pull or push it along and it sweeps up about a 3 or 4 foot path of stuff off the ground?
 

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Tommy ... be quite, be very very quite and never let anyone know that I am even remotely write about anything at all or it will spoil my reputation.
 

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Get a couple of the walk-behind golf ball picker-uppers that driving ranges use. Have lot of rubber fingers on a big roller...the hulls get wedged into these and deposited 1n a basket.

I don't know where you're located but I know this club in SC Penna. uses these things. You might be able to get some info by calling them:
<center>Glen Rock Shooting Club<br>22 Winchester Rd<br>Shrewsbury, PA 17361
Phone: 717-227-1351</center>
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Go to google and type in "Ammo Up" and you will find a few different ideas. I saw ont of the push ones and they were pretty cool.

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THAT'S what the club I posted above uses. The grounds crew can pick up hulls as fast as they can run with those things. Here's the link: "Ammo Up".

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Lots of clubs have signs that say "/Any hulls that hit the ground belong to the club!" You don't put them in your pocket or bag and they are sold by the target box full at a reasonable price.
 

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Bill- We have a device that will take care of picking up the hulls. It is called "Art Bodell". This apparatus will not only pick up empties, it will mow the grass a day prior to the shoot, load targets in the houses, serve as a scorer all day long, keep the traps full during the shoot and pick up a gun and shoot a winning score. Every club needs to get an Art Bodell.

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IF YOUR TERRAIN IS ROUGH OR BRUSHY LIKE OURS, FIND A LARGE EARTH MAGNET AND ATTACH IT TO A 4' PIECE OF PVC. THEY ARE STONG ENOUGH TO PICK UP AA'S AND OTHER BRASS BASE SHELLS. THE PRIMER IN THEM HAS STEEL AND CAN BE PICKED UP WITH
A GOOD EARTH MAGNET. DON
 

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Why can't you pleasantly ask for them to put their empties in a shell pouch and empty them in the trash when they have finished. We would appreciate there assistance and also try to keep labor costs down for the sport.
A few empty shell bags around would be cheap if they don't have one.
 

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As a young lad many years ago. I spent my Sundays setting and pulling trap for the local gun clubs. It was our jobs as the sun set and the doubles guys was wrapping up to police the fields of hulls. We sorted them on a table at the rear of the club house. Some of the guys would buy them from us. The club let us split up the proceeds. We put the hulls into empty drums honor system was in place from there. It took us about 30 to 45 minutes for the puller and the setter to police along with the guys that would "help us". It seems in the new era of the "you owe me generation" no one wants to put the extra effort forward. That would be a totally different thread.
 
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