"any opinions on which is the better call"
Jade7 wrote:Just wondering if anyone has any opinions on which is the better call, which one sounds more realistic, has better range, which one is faster and which call is the easiest to operate thanks!
- totally subjective. One will be preferable to one hunter, and visa versa. Both can kill geese, and both are limited, for the most part, by the skills of the person running it. Both are made from $10 worth of material, both will set you back a boat payment."which one sounds more realistic"
- again, mostly subject to opinions of the operator and the listener, and determined by the skills of the operator. Fred Zink is, in my personal opinion, a more total caller than Foiles, but both have killed many birds with their respective calls. Given that you're looking for a realistic hunting call, I think you should try both in the field and ask that question to the only listeners that matter - the geese."has better range"
- mostly based on limitations of the caller. I don't like Zink guts at all - I've run their calls in the field and on films, and even while staffing for them I had to tune my call with different guts, otherwise I wouldn't be able to run the calls well. With his guts in them, I get limited range. With other guts, the COD runs very well for me. The Foiles, by design, is tougher for me to do certain trick notes on than the COD. It is limited in range for me based on my style and skills."which one is faster"
- since the SMH is in this conversation, I'll assume again this is for hunting and not competition (which is not to say the SMH can't win comps in the right hands, but there are much better options out there). This begs the question, how much speed do you need? How much can you produce? Quality and clarity are more important to me in the field than a mass of sound. The COD will respond a little quicker to air presentation based on the interior dimensions. The SMH is fast enough to kills birds."which call is the easiest to operate thanks" -
both - and neither. The SMH is a straight-bored barrel with an insert that creates a step down, forming a large volume space to fill - this makes the call pretty easy to break into a cluck, but creates certain challenges on other notes. The COD has a gradual opening in its Glodo, so there will be increase speed in its response to air, so it's also easy to break into clucks, but tends to be better suited to finesse style notes than the SMH. That being said, Zink guts are notoriously light to break over - in particular compared to Foiles guts, which behave more like Cluckers or Edges. You have to define "easiest" - the Zink with Zink guts requires less air to operate - the Foiles guts are easier to run if you're accustomed to other calls. Personally, I would go for a marriage of the two - the COD with Foiles guts, but that's me. Ultimately, they're both acrylic tubes with subtle difference, but both are subject to the same laws of physics - ie, they both run the same way.