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New prototype call

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OK folks. I have been talking on here about making a new type call and I have come up with something. I want to post it up and have everyone take a look at it. I am looking for specific comments about what you think, what I should change, etc. So feel free to sound off.The call is a closed reed call that can be voiced anyway you want it. It uses the standard JC Reed so can easily be changed. It is made from a shotgun shell. Actually only the brass from the shot shell. The rest has been trimmed away and replaced with wood. On this first prototype, I used an old shell that I found on the range. It ended up having all the brass color get polished off in sanding. Hopefully, if I use a new one, that won't happen. The over all length of the call is 3". For comparison, I used a new 3" shell, but it actually measures 2 9/16" long. My first question is should I leave it at 3" or cut it off. How long does a Super Mag 3 1/2" shell measure. Maybe that is what length I should be using.I used Red heart for the wood. It is all natural. Should I try dyeing the wood so it is more red, painting the wood, using acrylic or just not worry about it? Should I try and go with different colors of wood to replicate different brands of shells? This one happens to be a Winchester.I want to try and make some from 20g shells and some from 10g shells. Should each be different colors or does that make a difference? The last thing I have considered is to leave the plastic casing in place and just line it with wood for rigidity. I don't know how that would look or hold up, but just another idea. OK here are the pictures of the call with a live 12g for comparison.post-40-1193102098_thumb.jpgpost-40-1193102114_thumb.jpgpost-40-1193102127_thumb.jpgpost-40-1193102145_thumb.jpg

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I'd probably grab it out of my pocket and run it into the chamber without thinking. It looks very real to me. :smiley-funny-post-sign:

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Very cool Lynn! Maybe a red color wood instead of paint. I like where you're going with this. It would have to stay on my lanyard though so it wouldn't find it's way into the ol Benelli.

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Yea, see that is another issue. How do I do a lanyard holding spot? I don't want to grove the call, although that would work. I may consider drilling though one side with a double hole to make a spot to hook on to. Maybe just carry in the pocket. See, another issue to be resolved. This is fun!!

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Um carrying it in the pocket would be a bad idea for me...that's where I keep my shotgun shells.

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Oh I don't know a groove right above the brass would look good by me. I'm with Mike, wouldn't want to carry it in my pocket.

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great looking call. i would go with the double hole for the lanyard. I think the size would produce a great sound..

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That looks awsome Lynn. I kinda' like the faded red color. It reminds me of an old papper cased shell thats been left in a duck blind for a while. A little rounding of the edges at the end would really give it the look of and old time roll crimped shell. You could try grooving the call just enough for the lanyard string to fall halfway in. It might not be noticeable once the lanyard is on the call. You could also drill a single hole in one side of the call so a piece of lanyard string could be poked tru, pushed out the open end of the call, tied in a knot big enough that it wont pass thru the drilled hole, and then pulled back inside. I wonder if it would be possible to make a dove call or a pintail/teal wistle that looks like that? You should get your idea trademarked or copywritten or whatever the heck you need to do because I get the feeling that if one of the large call companys saw that they'd sell 'em by the thousands. Just think about how many shotshell shaped pocket knives, coffee mugs, thermoses, trailer hitch ball covers, and beer can holders have been sold.

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Thats a great looking call. I love your creativity with those calls. I would love to buy a call from you eventually.

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The best way is to have an idea of what you want, contact me and I can make it up for you. Easy. But I do, once in a while, post one up here for sale. Unfortunately, I don't have any for sale right not. But there will be a post that may interest you in a day or so. Wait for it. :roflmao3[1]:

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Solder works on copper and I think it might work on the brass. You could solder a loop onto the end for a lanyard.db

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Verry cool Needs something on it so it wont end up in the gun or the mouth.

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The best way is to have an idea of what you want, contact me and I can make it up for you. Easy. But I do, once in a while, post one up here for sale. Unfortunately, I don't have any for sale right not. But there will be a post that may interest you in a day or so. Wait for it. :drinks:
Oh the suspence.

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I got to see it first hand when I went to pick up the calles he made for me. It looks great and sounds great to so I think it will be a winner!

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OK guys and gals. I have taken this one step further along. Here is a 20g shell that I completed this afternoon. Again, not being a new shell, it isn't the prettiest call, but I was working with what I had. I fitted a piece of wood into the body of the shell itself, and then trimmed it off. Then I drilled out the primer pocket for the reed to go in and used a forstner bit to hollow out the body. The inside is all oiled up nice for protection. I think it looks kinda cool. What do you think? Sorry about the quality of the pictures. I just remembered about 20 minutes ago that I had not taken pictures and ran out to the shop to take a few. I didn't bother to set up the tripod so they aren't the best.post-40-1193637602_thumb.jpgpost-40-1193637614_thumb.jpgpost-40-1193637628_thumb.jpg

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Oh Braz You are KILLING ME... I need one of the first one.. The red wood one.. Its gorgeous and I like the size. A small groove for the lanyard I think would be worth it so it doesnt get lost. A beauty like that deserves to be more than a shelf setter.

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Lynn you are coming up with some very unique calls. Very cool!

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