I have been trying to figure out a way to make deer grunt calls without having to use an "o" ring and tennon fit. Today I spent about 4 hours in the garage and I finally came up with something that worked out great and cheap at the same time. I know you can buy the gutsert but you still have the "o" ring situation. My new method completly ellimates the o ring and the cracking problem people talk about. It may take a little longer to make one but I think this is the way I am going to start making all my grunt calls. I don't really like making grunt calls but from time to time someone will request one. I will kind of talk you through my way of making it along with the pictures. The call is sanded however the finish has not yet been applied to the call.
First picture appears to be a regular ol' deer grunt call.
Second picture is where the fun starts. I bough some threaded 1/2" PVC male adapters. These work great however they have the nut end so you have to turn the nut shape round to fit 3/4" hole. Next I only drilled my blank the distance of the 3/4" tennon which was approxamitly 3/4" inch. I finished drilling the rest of the way through with a 1/2" bit. The deer grunt guts fit perfectly into the PVC adapter without any modifications. Grunt tube goes on the same as any other grunt call.
Thrid picture shows the barrel part of the call. This one uses the female adapter that accepts the threaded male adapter. Again it had the nut shape end so you have to turn it round. This fitting I turned down to 1" diameter hole. Again I only drilled the distance I needed for the adapter to fit flush in the blank. Next I stepped down to a 5/8" drill bit and drilled the rest of the way through.
If anyone has an intrest in this new method let me know and the next time I make one I will try and make a full tutorial.
I have never seen a deer grunt made this way so if someone else makes one like this I appologize and I am not trying to steal someone elses work.
This call looks pretty rough but I was in the process of making a new style so was not to concerned about looks just looking for functionality.