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Who uses modern string silencers?

Messages posted to thread:
HuumanCreed 25-May-22
superslamsam 25-May-22
Jim 25-May-22
The Whittler 25-May-22
The Whittler 25-May-22
JusPassin 25-May-22
Live2Hunt 25-May-22
Dave Lay 25-May-22
Dave Lay 25-May-22
Kanati 25-May-22
Wudstix 25-May-22
Grizbow 25-May-22
GUTPILEPA 25-May-22
HEXX 25-May-22
David Mitchell 25-May-22
randy_68 25-May-22
Yellah Nocks 25-May-22
TGbow 25-May-22
mangonboat 26-May-22
Wudstix 26-May-22
Stealth2 26-May-22
Nemophilist 26-May-22
SteveBNY 26-May-22
fdp 26-May-22
trad archer 1 26-May-22
R.grider 26-May-22
Harleywriter 26-May-22
HuumanCreed 26-May-22
marc 31-May-22
Viper 31-May-22
BigHorn 31-May-22
Kanati 31-May-22
Babysaph 31-May-22
SteveD 31-May-22
cut it out 31-May-22
cut it out 31-May-22
BigHorn 31-May-22
bodymanbowyer 31-May-22
bugslinger 31-May-22
Corax_latrans 31-May-22
monkeyball 31-May-22
From: HuumanCreed
Date: 25-May-22




I'm just curious,

Anyone run modern silincers on their trad bows?

Like those rubber ones that you usually find on a compound bow.

Bowjax, Monkey tail, etc.

From: superslamsam
Date: 25-May-22




Yes, I use Pine Ridge Wishbone string dampeners. They are easy to install, can be moved on the string, work well and are durable. They are lightweight as well. I also use cat whiskers too, but really like the wishbones.

From: Jim Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 25-May-22




I don't use any on my ASL's. I use Widow Spiders on my deflex/ reflex longbows and recurves.

From: The Whittler
Date: 25-May-22




Paracord from Hobby Lobby and many colors to pick from.

From: The Whittler
Date: 25-May-22




Paracord from Hobby Lobby and many colors to pick from.

From: JusPassin
Date: 25-May-22




String leeches.

From: Live2Hunt
Date: 25-May-22




Last year I went through every type of silencer you could think of for a bear super k, trying to get it quiet. The best performer? cat whiskers. Yarn and paracord worked, but the ball I had on there to get it quiet made pom pom girls jealous.

From: Dave Lay Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 25-May-22




It sure what defines a modern silencer but the best thing I’ve found Is cat whiskers, but I cut them in half and install 4 1/2 whiskers creating a ball spaced out o the string and not any of it hanging down and “ slapping” at the shot . They do a great job

From: Dave Lay Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 25-May-22




It sure what defines a modern silencer but the best thing I’ve found Is cat whiskers, but I cut them in half and install 4 1/2 whiskers creating a ball spaced out o the string and not any of it hanging down and “ slapping” at the shot . They do a great job

From: Kanati
Date: 25-May-22




String leeches

From: Wudstix Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 25-May-22




Like Whittler, para cord sheath. Light weight and effective on my 60-70# bows.

From: Grizbow
Date: 25-May-22




I recently got some of the bowjax slipjax silencers, they work very well and seem to be holding up so far. Ive only been using them a couple weeks so far

From: GUTPILEPA
Date: 25-May-22




X3 on what Whittier said

From: HEXX
Date: 25-May-22




Four string leeches, 8'' and 10" from my OMP remedys.

From: David Mitchell
Date: 25-May-22




I'm still very satisfied with my homemade wool yarn puffs. I don't know if they are "modern" or not since I don't seem to remember them being used back when I started shooting bows seriously in about 1975. :o)

From: randy_68
Date: 25-May-22




Years ago I used the 3 prong Saunders silencers and have some Bowjax on a Samick Sage right now but don't really shoot much. They seem to work but yarn and paracord work better and gives it more of a thump sound. I was visiting my 88 yo mom for her birthday last week and asked her if she had any extra yarn. she said sure, help yourself to whatever you want. I went into her sewing room and she has no less than a thousand rolls of yarn, in just about every color so I picked up some grey and green. I made a few sets of 2" balls and they seem to be working just fine. Also been using the paracord but I had some issues with it blowing apart in fast flight strings. Never had any issues with it in B55.

From: Yellah Nocks
Date: 25-May-22




Advantages of catwhiskers is what sold me on them years ago: 1. They are unaffected by moisture 2. They do not pick up scent easily 3. They work VERY well 4. They can be "tuned" by cutting them on a bias, which covers a wider range of frequency 5. And I like the name(lol)

From: TGbow
Date: 25-May-22




I use to use cat whiskers mostly but the last 4 years or so I've been using Fisherman's Wool. Usually 2 small puffs on each end on recurves.

From: mangonboat
Date: 26-May-22

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I use yarn, paracord, cat whiskers, felt 'flowers', but I am partial to the 'Shih Tzu on a string' look I get making yarn puffs with 100% ragg wool yarn.

From: Wudstix Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 26-May-22

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This is paracord sheath material after @200 shots. @12-13 grains in weight for 4x2"

From: Stealth2 Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 26-May-22




All I ever used were Heavy duty Catwhiskers. Works just fine for me on all my hunting bows.

From: Nemophilist
Date: 26-May-22

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I don't know how modern they are, but I just use wool or acrylic yarn. I just make my own. I use a piece of plastic coat hanger as a guide. They are very cheap to make.

From: SteveBNY
Date: 26-May-22




Weight and placement are the primary factors in silencing.

Water resistance, aesthetics, and cost are sub factors.

From: fdp
Date: 26-May-22




My oldest son had Bowjax on one of his Frankenbows and they worked just fine.

From: trad archer 1
Date: 26-May-22




Another one for Cat Whiskers.

From: R.grider
Date: 26-May-22




Nothing silences better then wool yarn puffs. I get comments all the time of the quietness of my bows. I use velcro on limb where string slaps on my recurves, they are whisper quiet too. Most people put silencers too far up the string towards nocks, i put mine about an inch past limp fade outs. The middle of the string is where the noise is. 20 tight wraps around a credit card, tied in middle with dental floss, makes it the cheapest, easiest, best way. IMHO

From: Harleywriter
Date: 26-May-22




I use about anything - yarn puff balls and wool specifically seem to work best. But first I try to get it quiet as I can THEN reach for silencers. Brace height is first, string wax and arrow weight. Heavier arrows are quieter at least for me.

From: HuumanCreed
Date: 26-May-22




R.grider

why dental floss instead of serving material?

From: marc
Date: 31-May-22




I don’t use rubber but I do use 2 pieces of 7/64” AM steel in each end of the string. Quiet, easy, looks good one puffed anger a few shots and doesn’t absorb water and burrs don’t stick.

From: Viper
Date: 31-May-22




H -

Anything you put on the string will act as "a silencer" to some degree. The only real questions are how much weight do the add to the string, and (more importantly) how do they look?

Viper out.

From: BigHorn
Date: 31-May-22




I've tried monkey tails and jax but didn't like how they sounded. I like them on compounds. I use dyneema puffs, paracord puffs, or widow spiders all work great. the spiders do wear out though ime. the para and dyneema seem to last forever.

From: Kanati
Date: 31-May-22




Bighorn try string leeches. Small and quiet.

From: Babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 31-May-22




Surprised. No one has done a test on which it quietist

From: SteveD Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 31-May-22




Trad Lab's web site has tested silencers. Check it out.

From: cut it out
Date: 31-May-22

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What’s the best way to get the ball shape from cat whiskers? I can never get them perfect. I make my own from wool yarn like nemophilist

From: cut it out
Date: 31-May-22




What’s the best way to get the ball shape from cat whiskers? I can never get them perfect. I make my own from wool yarn like nemophilist

From: BigHorn
Date: 31-May-22




From: Kanati Private Reply Date: 31-May-22

Bighorn try string leeches. Small and quiet.

I have, I didn't like them on a recurve. I do like them on a compound though. I really would have liked the cleanness and simplicity of using jax, tails or leeches, but they seem way louder to me...it could just be the tone of the sound and not actual decibles. I have a pile, maybe I'll try them again.

From: bodymanbowyer
Date: 31-May-22




I have tried them. Different ones. None of them really seem to work, not for me. Plus they just kind of look,Ridiculous. Ridiculous and not working on my bows. Not going to have it. JF

From: bugslinger
Date: 31-May-22




I really like the paracord and dyna puffs.

From: Corax_latrans
Date: 31-May-22




I have been experimenting with Rick’s earplug trick. That seems to work pretty well, too!

From: monkeyball
Date: 31-May-22




If you put the earplugs where they belong all your bows will be quiet..........

Good Shooting->->->->Craig





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