Quad Trailer in Devon - Steve Bradley
‘Worth Every Penny!’ A really solid clay target machine that throws out great clays
I’m so pleased I stepped up the range to the Acorn AutoClay 320 and even more so that at the last minute I decided to have it mounted on an ATV trailer. Didn’t really fancy pushing it up the field on a hand trolly! Assembled it is a really solid piece of kit, and the smooth ride from the big wheels means it can easily be moved around with a loaded carousel to set up hundreds of different shooting angles with ease.
With a cup of tea and at a leisurely pace it took me about 45 minutes start to finish to put it together including fitting the spring. The first trial was to set the trap up so it fired clays over a hedge and trees into the valley behind. Distance I would say 60metres to clear the trees elevation needed about 30 to 40ft. No problem! I then tested the wireless control by walking around into the valley and then underneath the hill with the hedge and trees between me and the trap I pressed the button not being able to see the machine at all! Over the clays came perfect just like game flying over!
So then up to the second part of my valley further up the field and for this I wound the spring to give more tension until I have about 1.5 to 2inches of room left for adjustment.
Now this is where the field widens out with no hedge of trees and therefore a longer more shallow sloping part of the valley. Again leaving the trap up on top the hill we walked down 70 to 80 metres if not more so all we saw was the top of the hill (no trap) press fire and the clays come over appearing like they have come from nowhere! Perfect, just like a driven pheasant! Missed clays were landing about 20ft behind us. I would say at the killing zone the clays were 70 to 80ft up height of two houses comfortably.
We're not able to go up the field further to the largest part of the valley at the moment because there is stock in the field but when I do I know, as the hill takes a steeper descent I’m going to have targets fly overhead at least 150 perhaps 200ft. It is a perfect shooting valley to set up simulated drives!
Thank you Mike, brilliant, the trap is doing everything I wanted it to do. Both my daughters had a go yesterday and they really enjoyed it managing to hit some clays flying away and coming towards.
I do feel privileged to own such a great valley, what you see in the video is the small part go the valley. At the other end the valley itself deepens out at least as much again. Not taken the trap up there yet but will in the winter when the stock moves out. I should be able to present high tower clays easily.
I took it out again this week and fired 50 clays and it’s going great. I’ve probably put through 500 or so to date but have a big day this Saturday with my brother and his two lads coming down so will probably put through 500 if not a few more.
Like I said before Mike so glad I geared up to your bigger machine on wheels.