foxpro spitfire/wildfire VS primos alpha dogg
Posted 13 October 2012 - 11:50 AM
Posted 13 October 2012 - 12:46 PM
The Wildfire was not out yet when I purchased my Spitfire, and I would have bought it over the Spitfire. Just too many (nice) extras for only a few dollars more.
I have one friend that has owned a number of e calls, perhaps 4 or 5 Foxpros, their more expensive models. If I remember right, he has stated he's had problems, again, with their remotes on most, if not all of them. Earlier this year, he purchased the Alpha Dog & in his opinion, it is hands down better than Foxpro. Now, this is after he called in only 2 coyotes with it (early this yr), and I have not spoken to him about it since. And keep in mind, the Alpha is still a fairly new call. But hey??
As far as any or all reviews go, you have to read between the lines sometimes. For example, some folks give high star ratings over all, and then in the body of their note, state the remote (or other) problems they had. I've seen this often!. And Foxpro has been notified by various folks (more than once), including myself, both by phone & in writing, with no feedback or idea of what they intend to do or not do to my knowledge.
The other (excellent review rating) is when someone rates how good a call is by ONLY the # of animals they call or don't call in. Can you imagine the ignorance of this? I've even talked to other callers first hand with them telling me how bad a certain call is since they hadn't called anything in with it, after the FIRST time using it. So, like I say, one has to read past the (face value) star ratings.
Now, with all that said, I DO like Foxpro, and own 2 of them. Their service is 2nd to none, & a good thing too, as odds are better than fair that one will need it... from what I've read & seen!
Also, I am NOT promoting the Alpha Dog. Not one bit! I am merely only trying to state my, & my friends experience and what I have read about and talked to others in person on is all. Perhaps a good idea is to go to someplace like BassPro or Cabelas and compare the two calls in person. Contact A.P. Jones from ALLPREDATORCALLS.COM (on the net) and get his say might be another.
Finally, most, if not all 8 battery e callers will have low battery life. Sometimes VERY low.
Posted 13 October 2012 - 01:19 PM
Posted 13 October 2012 - 03:04 PM
You are also correct on the Spitfire having too low of volume. I helped solve that by buying an external speaker from Foxpro, but of course that jacked up the cost another $55. That is another reason to go with the Wildfire, as it supposedly has a higher volume. But I do not know that for fact. Again, it would be really nice to compare at a store carrying several models. Be sure and call A.P. also.
Yes, the 4 battery calls have a MUCH higher battery life than the 8 battery calls. However, with the external speaker on my Spitfire, battery life will be reduced significantly if playing both speakers at the same time... which I have / will, & why I got the extra speaker in the first place. Oh, & battery quality will definitely make a difference as you pointed out.
As with most things when first learning, the more you learn the more you get confused, but then becomes clear(er) eventually.
Sounds like you have a good handle on it. Main thing will be to just take your time checking out all your options. I can't imagine going wrong with Foxpro, and not sure I could say the same about any of the others out there. Mostly 'cause I don't know enough (about the others). lol
Posted 13 October 2012 - 03:10 PM
BTW Foxpro is not made in China, unlike other offerings.
Posted 13 October 2012 - 03:31 PM
I just can't recall the volume difference between the 416 and say a FX5, when I hunted with my friends & their higher $$ calls. I will say this however... One time I dropped off a partner & then drove perhaps 3/4(?) of a mile away, and later on, he told me he could hear my 416 loud and clear... and not in so nice a tone of voice either. LOL
Anyway, while the 416 might not be quite as loud as some other Foxpro models, & definitely not as loud as Foxpro's loudest, most expensive models, it is more than loud enough IMO... especially when compared to the quiet Spitfire (comparatively speaking).
Posted 13 October 2012 - 03:50 PM
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Posted 15 October 2012 - 03:37 PM
please let us know which caller you go with and let us know how well it does or doesnt work.
Posted 17 October 2012 - 07:25 AM
To be honest, I don't really use it- I prefer hand calls for many reasons, but I keep it around for night hunting, and for hunting in areas with mountain lions and bears.
If I was you, I'd just get some hand calls, and learn to use them. It's just more satisfying, and they're easy to use. Really nothing to it. Once you call one in, you'll know you're doing it right.
Out in Victorville, you should have plenty of chances to practice.
Posted 19 October 2012 - 03:59 PM
Oh, and my friend's Alpha dog also worked great... Unfortunately he isn't any smarter than I am, missing twice as many coyotes as I did. Hmmmm, glad he doesn't check this site much anymore.
Bisley, in case you see this, Badcoyote (Alpha Dog owner) was with me only on my "northern" locations, with him and his dad heading home a couple days before us.
Anyway, alex, the wildfire sounds like an excellent choice. And no, I never heard of a I or II wildfire, but nor do I keep up with all the new stuff either.
Keep us posted on your calling results, and good luck...
Posted 19 October 2012 - 04:50 PM
One thing is use good nimh rechargables. I use 2300mah and they will go for hours of call time.
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