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Primos Revolver Deer Call Review

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The Primos Revolver Deer Call lets you dial in buck grunts, doe grunts and doe bleats all from the same call, making it an astoundingly versatile deer call.

The genius of the Primos Revolver is its simple dial design — all you have to do is rotate the green dial to choose the type of deer call you want and then blow. Because it’s so versatile and easy to use, it made our guide to the best gifts for hunters this year.

Primos Revolver Deer Call Review: Why Have a Deer Call?

This photo shows the Primos Revolver Deer Call.
The genius of the Primos Revolver Deer Call is its easy-to-adjust dial that lets you create a range of bleats and grunts.

The Primos Revolver Deer Call can replicate an estrus bleat, doe bleat, doe grunt, young buck or a mature buck grunt.

The simple design lets you change calls during a calling sequence — for instance, if you wanted to let out an estrus bleat, which indicates that a doe is ready to breed, then follow up with a buck grunt, you can. The calls would tell a nearby buck that not only is there a rival buck in the area, there’s a hot doe, too.

If you’re rattling antlers to call in a buck, you can start with some buck grunts and then get into your rattling battle. Grunts and bleats can also work after a rattling sequence. One of our hunting buddies had some grunting and bleating success by grunting 20-30 minutes or so after a rattling sequence from a tree stand. Maybe the bucks decided to close the distance after hearing the grunts . . . or maybe they were on the way in anyway and the grunts might not have mattered. Hard to say. Except it’s clear that the grunting and bleating didn’t hurt.

Another hunter this year spotted a nice whitetail buck chasing two does across a meadow. He whistled but the buck ignored him. His hunting partner used his grunt call, which stopped the buck in his tracks.

The point? A good grunt call is a deer-hunting tool you probably want with you.

We like the Primos Revolver because it’s super simple, sounds decent, and it works. I stuck mine in the top sleeve of my AGC Bino Harness for ready access, using it to stop a small buck and a doe while trying to get a young hunter a shot. I also used the Revolver as part of a calling sequence this year that brought in solid 4-point public-land whitetail (or 8-point depending on the region where you hunt), again, trying to get a young hunter a shot. Before the new hunter could get settled, the buck left the opening . . . and a black bear promptly appeared in his scope.

Primos Revolver Deer Call Review: Pros and Cons

The Primos Revolver Deer Call is made from some sort of black rubberized plastic material that’s durable and quiet — if it hits against something hard, like your rifle, the noise is subdued.

The rotating dial is crisp and easy to use.

There are two very minor cons. First, in the heat of the moment, it’s easy to mistake which end to blow into. If you make that mistake, you just lose a second or two. Not usually critical, but maybe.

Second, in low light conditions, it’s tough to make out the small molded-in markings that indicate which call you’re going to make, for example, MB for “mature buck” or EB for “estrus bleat.”

For next year, I’ll use a permanent marker to make it easy to identify at least the mature buck marking.

As for durability, the Primos Revolver seems pretty stout. I’ve used it in the rain with total success and down to about 15-degrees Fahrenheit.

All-in-all, if you’re looking for a deer call that can handle grunts and bleats, the Primos Revolver is a solid do-it-all deer call. Highly recommended.

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