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Goose shells to floaters

Postby waterfowlchaser123 » Wed Jul 30, 2014 1:19 pm

Any one gota a good idea or way to turn shells into goose floaters, I believe I've seen something on this before.

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Re: Goose shells to floaters

Postby noweil » Wed Jul 30, 2014 10:08 pm

Look for Blackrocks posts on making floaters out of super mag shells with pipe insulation used to be pretty common back in the late 80's early 90's where I goose hunted.
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Re: Goose shells to floaters

Postby waterfowlchaser123 » Wed Jul 30, 2014 10:17 pm

Appreciate never thought of something along those lines I was thinking some how seal it off and fill it with foam, but looks a lot easier.
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Re: Goose shells to floaters

Postby noweil » Thu Jul 31, 2014 6:42 pm

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Re: Goose shells to floaters

Postby blackrock » Thu Jul 31, 2014 6:45 pm

Try it, you'll like it!
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Re: Goose shells to floaters

Postby waterfowlchaser123 » Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:02 pm

Does it ride choppy water alright?
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Re: Goose shells to floaters

Postby blackrock » Thu Jul 31, 2014 10:05 pm

Oh yeah. We hunt big open lakes and reservoirs with swells.
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Re: Goose shells to floaters

Postby waterfowlchaser123 » Sat Aug 02, 2014 11:34 am

You just drilling holes and using zip ties to attach it?
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Re: Goose shells to floaters

Postby Nelliboy2 » Sat Aug 02, 2014 6:17 pm

Yes
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Re: Goose shells to floaters

Postby waterfowlchaser123 » Sat Aug 02, 2014 9:50 pm

Bought 3 dozen shells today thanks for the help and inspiration.
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Re: Goose shells to floaters

Postby Nelliboy2 » Sat Aug 02, 2014 9:55 pm

I will warn you....pipe foam is EXPENSIVE!!!!!
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Re: Goose shells to floaters

Postby waterfowlchaser123 » Sun Aug 03, 2014 1:15 pm

Nelliboy2 wrote:I will warn you....pipe foam is EXPENSIVE!!!!!


Well if I bought 36 floaters running at 100 for 4 decoys I would of spent $900, the 36 shells I got on sale for $210 and I found 1-in x 6-ft Foam Plumbing Tubular Pipe Insulation at lowes for $1.39 a piece so if I could get two decoys out of one piece id be around $25 on the foam.

Is there any problem with this method flipping over in the wind I found this on youtube should I stick with the pipe foam or do what this guy did?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-aRlZhSFYFg
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Goose shells to floaters

Postby Nelliboy2 » Sun Aug 03, 2014 1:34 pm

waterfowlchaser123 wrote:
Nelliboy2 wrote:I will warn you....pipe foam is EXPENSIVE!!!!!


Well if I bought 36 floaters running at 100 for 4 decoys I would of spent $900, the 36 shells I got on sale for $210 and I found 1-in x 6-ft Foam Plumbing Tubular Pipe Insulation at lowes for $1.39 a piece so if I could get two decoys out of one piece id be around $25 on the foam.

Is there any problem with this method flipping over in the wind I found this on youtube should I stick with the pipe foam or do what this guy did?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-aRlZhSFYFg

Do you have a link for that foam? I just bought 3/4 x 3/4x6'. With the shells I have one 6' piece is one decoy. I paid 4.60 through Home Depot it is actually in route, I'll return it if you found it that cheap.

I haven't hunted them but took them out in some waves 1-1.5' and they did well. The only problem I can see is possible guest, I plan on tiring sets of 2 and 3 (tail to breast with the line) to hopefully add a little bit of drag/weight to keep them righted. I have heard of guys tiring small weights to the tails to do this also. However, based on my testing it is not an issue (as of yet)

I and running flambeau (33" 18) g&h (42" 6), carry lite (37" 24). What shells are you running?
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Re: Goose shells to floaters

Postby waterfowlchaser123 » Sun Aug 03, 2014 2:46 pm

Nelli I'm not understanding what you said the problem that you could see in the pipe foam method was? But here's the link to the foam I found http://m.lowes.com/pd_24434-1410-P12XB/ ... Id=3133247
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Re: Goose shells to floaters

Postby waterfowlchaser123 » Sun Aug 03, 2014 3:00 pm

I bought 36 redhead shells as they were on sale but I'm looking to get more shells as they go on sale! So is pipe foam the way to go?
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Re: Goose shells to floaters

Postby Nelliboy2 » Sun Aug 03, 2014 4:39 pm

Thanks for the link. Maybe you know the answer to this question, if not I'll call them tomorrow. Is the 1" ID or OD? I have the hardest time when they only stand one inside of both ODxIDxlength.

Anyways, to answer your question I would recommend the pipe foam. Once winds get to around 25mph they may start to roll. At least that is with the 37-42" big boys. I have talked to quite a few people that are using these (blkrock being one) and they all have had great success both with pipe foam and from a hunting standpoint.

Out of the 9 guys that I have talked to one has told me with the style shell he had, he had a problem with the wind getting underneath the tail and rolling it. He added I think he said a 4oz peaice of lead to sink the tail.

Now with my testing this summer, I did have it roll once, and that was when I had allowed a lot of slack in the line. I have yet to have it roll when anchored in up to almost 2' waves.

To prevent any issue I will make sets of three decoys. The first will have 20' of line, I will drill a hole on the tail, allow 8' of line then tie the next decoy on. Making a string of 3 decoys to one anchor. (I will vary the number, 2-4 in a series). Hope this helps.
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Re: Goose shells to floaters

Postby Nelliboy2 » Sun Aug 03, 2014 4:41 pm

In the future, I would also recommend purchasing super mag shells. Visibility on the water is outstanding!
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Re: Goose shells to floaters

Postby Nelliboy2 » Sun Aug 03, 2014 4:47 pm

For the size shells you have (24" I believe) that thick of pipe foam may be over kill. You may be able to go with a thinner version.

Another up side to pipe foam method is you can carry more decoys on board because you can still stack them....unlike the guy in your video.
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Re: Goose shells to floaters

Postby waterfowlchaser123 » Sun Aug 03, 2014 4:54 pm

Thanks nelli appreciate the info! And I would think that would be the thickness of the foam bring a inch but that just my guess.
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Re: Goose shells to floaters

Postby waterfowlchaser123 » Sun Aug 03, 2014 5:04 pm

Any recommendations on reasonably priced goose shells?
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Goose shells to floaters

Postby Nelliboy2 » Sun Aug 03, 2014 8:30 pm

I just watch Fb and the classifieds on different sites. I am after one thing when I buy shells...SIZE!!! I am looking for 33" min and no max size. Carry lites, g&h (my fav) and flambeau are decent. They all work well. I have been buying them for roughly a 100 a dozen maybe a little less. Hitting all but the g&h with a coat of spray paint. I'm sitting at 4 dozen....going to keep adding till I reach 8-9 dozen I think.
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Re: Goose shells to floaters

Postby Nelliboy2 » Sun Aug 03, 2014 8:42 pm

Here a video of carry lites rigged with the pipe foam we were talking about. Great movement, great visablility!

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yPqCManuEWQ
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Re: Goose shells to floaters

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Re: Goose shells to floaters

Postby Nelliboy2 » Sun Aug 03, 2014 8:54 pm

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Here's one more. This is 37 and 42" shells compared to floaters
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Re: Goose shells to floaters

Postby blackrock » Sun Aug 03, 2014 11:57 pm

Looking good Nelli! I'll post a picture of my pipe foam with a ruler tomorrow to show you what I use. We bought some more shells too, G&H and we're up to 6 dozen. Can't even haul that many with the layout on the tender!
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