68 fps = 46.36 mph. That speed measured at the trap arm should throw the
bird 50 yards, if measured from behind the trap house the bird is going
to land well beyond 50 yards. There are a lot of variables I know so I should
change my statement to say these would be the results at our club.
I can tell you from my limited experience with Rick (I never knew him when his hair was dark)he makes a point of setting everything just right, and with doubles he takes extra time, seems like too much, but dam the birds are good. Pretty good ol bird setter, that silver haired rascal, watch your wine though, he can make it disappear. Scott
Very often in eastern Missouri the targets are very soft at 41 or 42 MPH and that depends on who does it, which gun is used, and where the person using it stands. I agree that the best way to do it is to set them 9.5 ft. high and have them travel 50 yards. No variables that way. Slow targets are also much more affected by variable wind but a lot of shooters like the soft targets.
I do not know about other clubs but when our stakes were destroyed by snowmobilers one winter we had the engineer from a local paper mill re set them with a transit and a steel tape. Ours are ATA legal.