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The Art of Handcrafting Custom Game Calls => Handcrafting Traditional Reelfoot Duck Calls => Topic started by: FDR on August 22, 2014, 08:27:55 PM

Title: 5/8 bore Reelfoot picture added
Post by: FDR on August 22, 2014, 08:27:55 PM
I have been wondering what all the excitement is about so I sat down this afternoon and made one.
1.--Turned the insert extension to 5/8 outside diameter.
2.--Drilled my usual tone channel and exhaust
3.-- Cut the tone board above insert center line
4.-- Cut my usual tone channel
5.--Made a new wedge to fit
6.--Trimmed my reed on each side to fit the new narrow tone board.
7.--Assembled the call
8.-- Tuned the call

Bingo!  It will do everything a regular Reelfoot will do!  Tone is a little higher and the sound volume is not quite as loud.

I will post some pictures  of the toneboard and reed tomorrow.  Too dark outside to make pictures tonight.

A standard 3/4 Reelfoot insert is on the left. The 5/8 bore insert is on the right.  The stainless reed is for the 5/8 tone board and is slightly less than 5/8 at the base.  The tip geometry and overall length is unchanged from my standard reed.  The center reed shows the amount trimmed from each side of the standard reed.   A standard reed is shown at right. 
Tuning is about the same as a regular Reelfoot.  The slightly higher pitch tone results from the more narrow reed of the 5/8 bore and the tuning.  Less air required to run the call results in a slight lower volume.  Very similar to a short barrel 3/4 bore Reelfoot properly tuned.

Title: Re: 5/8 bore Reelfoot
Post by: Henry H on August 22, 2014, 09:58:13 PM
Awesome, Fred!  I had a feeling your curiosity would get the better of you!
Title: Re: 5/8 bore Reelfoot
Post by: Waylon at JWT Custom Game Calls on August 22, 2014, 10:12:23 PM
Heck yeah!!! That's kinda what I was going for in tone and volume. I've been playing all week with the sloped tone channel, I think I've about got it where I like the sound. It does make a ton of difference than a straight bore tone channel.
Title: Re: 5/8 bore Reelfoot
Post by: Chisler Wood on August 22, 2014, 11:43:11 PM
You mean I've been one of the cool kids and didnt know it all along?  Made quite a few. I like 1/2 metal reeds the best. WAY louder call and WAY less air to run.