Easiest Split Ring Pliers for Colt Snipers etc

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Blind Luck

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We changed a lot of treble and assist hooks on last weekend's 3day. Pitbull split ring pliers were the easiest by far. I bought both sizes this week.
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Website says authorized dealers are Fisherman's Landing, Squidco, Seaforth, Ken's Custom Reels, etc....

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Their spectra cutters are great also at a good value
 
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Blind Luck

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HPA’s for me on all split rings! Period! One and done!
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Even the fans of HPA sr pliers for the heavier rings say they have 2 or 3 different pair for lighter rings. ( check out old BD posts for lighter ring pliers ..July 2019) At about $13 each for Pitbulls, I covered all my needs for $30 including tax. The regular pair works for freshwater and lighter saltwater rings ...about 120lbs. The HD pair of Pitbull pliers works on higher gauge rings. I think HP sell for $70...there's no comparison
 
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We changed a lot of treble and assist hooks on last weekend's 3day. Pitbull split ring pliers were the easiest by far. I bought both sizes this week.
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I have used many different brands and settled on HPA as the best for me but ordered the Pitbull hd after reading your post and I think they are going to be my new favorite. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience.
 
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Shon

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    Shon,
    Even the fans of HPA sr pliers for the heavier rings say they have 2 or 3 different pair for lighter rings. ( check out old BD posts for lighter ring pliers ..July 2019) At about $13 each for Pitbulls, I covered all my needs for $30 including tax. The regular pair works for freshwater and lighter saltwater rings ...about 120lbs. The HD pair of Pitbull pliers works on higher gauge rings. I think HP sell for $70...there's no comparison
    I get it. Unfortunately for me I bought the HPA’s awhile ago so I won’t be trying out the pitbull pliers. Yes they are $70 bucks but I’ll never need another split ring plier for small or super hyper wire rings. I have the blue handle Texas tackle pliers too.
    I’m glad this thread is up cause if they’re cheaper and work just as good as the HPA pliers, that’s gonna help a lot of people out. I wish I knew about them earlier.
     
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    I was just online and order ling cod jigs and pliers. What a pain in the butt to pay. I do not use pay pal and it took me 30 minutes to finish the order over debit card and they sent the order to the billing address and i filled in a different address But the price was right so we will see
     
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    hucklongfin

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    HPA vs Texas Tackle XL vs Pit Bull HD

    On both rings the HPA's open it further and easier than the others.
    TT can't open an 8 Ultra far enough to get it on a lure or hook and was marginal on the 10.
    Pit Bull did great on the 10 but can't open the 8 far enough.
    I'd say the Pit Bull is better than the Texas Tackle and is cheaper too! But on real strong rings with big hooks you still need the HPA's.

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    Cubeye

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    HPA vs Texas Tackle XL vs Pit Bull.

    On both rings the HPA's open it further and easier than the others.
    TT can't open an 8 Ultra far enough to get it on a lure or hook and was marginal on the 10.
    Pit Bull did great on the 10 but can't open the 8 far enough.
    I'd say the Pit Bull is better than the Texas Tackle and is cheaper too! But on real strong rings with big hooks you still need the HPA's.

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    Because the HPA is able to open the ring quite a bit, have you experienced any distortion in the ring with them?
     
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    hucklongfin

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    Not on the rings that need the HPA's! I've been able to permanently distort a small, weak ring. Of course, you don't have to open the ring the max the tool will go. But with big hooks like 8/0 Jobu's you need to open the ring to max and still have to force it over the hook ring.
     
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    Cubeye

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    Not on the rings that need the HPA's! I've been able to permanently distort a small, weak ring. Of course, you don't have to open the ring the max the tool will go. But with big hooks like 8/0 Jobu's you need to open the ring to max and still have to force it over the hook ring.
    Hard to tell from the photos, but it looks like the Pit Bull opens the Ultra Split Ring better than the Texas Tackle?
     
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    hucklongfin

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    Hard to tell from the photos, but it looks like the Pit Bull opens the Ultra Split Ring better than the Texas Tackle?
    Yes, the TT barely moves it while the Pit Bull HD opens it some but not enough to fit over anything you'd need that ring with.
     
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    hucklongfin

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    Well, the Pit Bull HD work well on the Hyperwire and would do ok on the Ultra's if you're hooking them to smaller rings on lures or small diameter hook eyes. They don't do any better with the Ultra 7's and 9's than they do the 8's. The Hyperwire #10 are my go to split ring for rigging jigs. The Pit Bull HD are cheaper than the Texas Tackle ones and work better. The 320# Ultra ring referenced by the OP is, I think, a #9. It’s the only one I have rated 320#.

    I took a Madscad 150 and all three pliers can put the ring on/off the lure. I had trouble putting the in-line hook on/off the ring with the TT and PB HD... they can’t open the ring wide enough to easily get the ring on the hook eye. The HPA’s handle it easily.
     
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    Blind Luck

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    I still think the Pitbull split ring pliers (both sizes) are the easiest and most versatile to use. The friends and deckhands I've given the pliers to really like them. I've only been able to use them on a work bench with a magnifying glass/light.
    (No blood blisters ..lol)
    They worked well switching treble hooks out to single hooks on some of my trolling lures down to small split rings on freshwater lures. I always was a major tool whore before my vision problems .... bought and shared what I liked.
    Well designed tools made me money in business...now they make my hobby easier.

    Tight lines and good health to everyone
    Blind Mike
     
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