Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall


Tab material

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Big-D 15-Mar-19
Big-D 15-Mar-19
StikBow 15-Mar-19
Fritz 15-Mar-19
Bender 15-Mar-19
MStyles 15-Mar-19
Wild Bill 15-Mar-19
osage 15-Mar-19
fdp 15-Mar-19
Babysaph 15-Mar-19
fdp 15-Mar-19
Tracker7 15-Mar-19
monkeyball 16-Mar-19
Rick Barbee 16-Mar-19
Bowmania 16-Mar-19
Cameron Root 16-Mar-19
Rick Barbee 16-Mar-19
Rick Barbee 16-Mar-19
Rick Barbee 16-Mar-19
Rick Barbee 16-Mar-19
monkeyball 16-Mar-19
Rick Barbee 16-Mar-19
fdp 16-Mar-19
From: Big-D
Date: 15-Mar-19




What do you use to make your tabs ? Also where do you get the materials?

From: Big-D
Date: 15-Mar-19




What do you use to make your tabs ? Also where do you get the materials?

From: StikBow
Date: 15-Mar-19




Barbeeā€™s tab-worth the $

LEATHER FROM TANDY also works well

From: Fritz
Date: 15-Mar-19




A friend of mine buys bags of leather scraps really cheap at Hobby Lobby !!!

From: Bender
Date: 15-Mar-19




True shell Cordovan leather is pretty much considered THE STUFF for shooting tabs. Sure I've found a few acceptable substitutes over the years, but really, cordovan is what the best tabs are made of.

For anybody interested in either making their own, or repairing a worn out favorite, I do know where to get 4" x 4" squares of cordovan. Bigger pieces of high quality Cordovan for less money than what is available elsewhere. Just PM me if interested.

From: MStyles
Date: 15-Mar-19




Cordovan leather is the best tab material, imho.

From: Wild Bill
Date: 15-Mar-19




For the face I use cordovan with cowhide for the backing, loop and spacer.

I've made some good purchases of leather on ebay. Cordovan was available from razor strops.

From: osage
Date: 15-Mar-19




I have the back hide from Kudu, wildebeest, Red hartebeest and Nyala. All make good tabs, one thickness is OK, two if preferred. One hide will probably do a hundred or so. Haven't tried the hair side yet but will try that next one. It appears that Impala might make a good substitute for Cordovan.

From: fdp
Date: 15-Mar-19




I get my leather from old wallets and women's purses from 2nd hand stores. Sometimes from old boots. I have an entire tanned cow skin that I face some of them with.

From: Babysaph
Date: 15-Mar-19




Does Barbee just make 3 under tabs?

From: fdp
Date: 15-Mar-19




No.

From: Tracker7
Date: 15-Mar-19




http://www.taylortel.net/~rickbarb/tabs.html

From: monkeyball
Date: 16-Mar-19

monkeyball's embedded Photo



Rick's tabs look like they are built like a tank and I am sure they are worth every cent.

I am a do it yourselfer on some things, and tab making for me has always been fun. My tabs are crude but I like them.

Scrap leather works well, Cordovan if you like the slick feel, and you can experiment with different thicknesses.

I've even used the tongue leather off of an old pair of my Danner boots. Just be sure you use the right foot for which ever hand you are.....just kidding.

Good Shooting->->->->Craig

From: Rick Barbee
Date: 16-Mar-19




Shameless plug. 8^)

My tabs are pricey, but there is "zero" material in a tab out there today that will give you as slick of a release as ballistic nylon as the string face. None, Zip, Nada.

No, that nylon will not last you as long as cordovan leather will, BUT if you occasionally lubricate it it will last you long enough to get way more than your money's worth out of it, and that's a long LONG time.

Then, there's that break in factor. My tabs require "zero" break in. They shoot the same from shot #1 as they do at shot #100,000.

Their only real drawback is you can't trim them, but with a little communication on size requirement during your request for one they can be built where you "don't have to" trim them, and even be built to a completely "custom size" (for a little extra charge) if that's what you require.

Rick

From: Bowmania Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 16-Mar-19




Shameless??? Don't believe a word he says!!!

Barbee tabs are better than he just stated.

Bowmania

From: Cameron Root
Date: 16-Mar-19




Not only do you feel all fuzzy for having one. They are slicker than owl $hit and finer than frog hair. Barb B

From: Rick Barbee
Date: 16-Mar-19




Here are 3 custom size tabs I just finished up for a feller.

3-7/16" wide top to bottom.

They are a custom size build of my 3 under Signature with string walking stitching.

Rick

From: Rick Barbee
Date: 16-Mar-19

Rick Barbee's embedded Photo



From: Rick Barbee
Date: 16-Mar-19

Rick Barbee's embedded Photo



From: Rick Barbee
Date: 16-Mar-19




These have finger/wrist combo lanyards.

Rick

From: monkeyball
Date: 16-Mar-19




There a lot prettier than mine Rick........

Good Shooting->->->->Craig

From: Rick Barbee
Date: 16-Mar-19




[[[ "There a lot prettier than mine Rick........

Good Shooting->->->->Craig" ]]]

I'm gettin better at building them. 8^)

Rick

From: fdp
Date: 16-Mar-19




That's a big man that's gonna' wear that tab.





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