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Old 06-20-2020, 08:02 AM   #1
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Cool Paracord String Silencers

Try four 2” pieces of paracord sheath, pull out the white threads. Install just like wool and shoot. Wool puff @45-47 grains and 4 PC 13.3 grains, works well and sheds water better. Gain a smidge of speed.
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Old 06-20-2020, 08:29 AM   #2
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interesting! have any pics?
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Definitely better than wool yarn.
About the same as acrylic yarn.

I've been intending to do some experimenting with paracord, and foam ear plugs, but haven't got around to it yet.

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Old 06-20-2020, 09:29 AM   #4
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I guess I'm spoiled. My Toelke bows come with cat whiskers already on the strings and I've never needed to install a string silencer of any kind.
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I guess I'm spoiled. My Toelke bows come with cat whiskers already on the strings and I've never needed to install a string silencer of any kind.
Other than being heavy, Cat Whiskers work great, especially on longbows that have no string to limb contact/slap.

On recurves as long as the brace height is set good for them you're usually good to go, but if the brace is low, the weight of the whiskers increase the force of the limb slap, thus increase the slap noise level.

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Old 06-20-2020, 06:06 PM   #6
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Thanks Wudstix, that sounds nice and easy and is something I’ll try.
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Old 06-20-2020, 07:15 PM   #7
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After about 50 shots starting to fluff out nicely.
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Old 06-21-2020, 08:40 AM   #8
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Thanks for the suggestion Stix...thatll save me some money from buying catwhiskers. Paracord is always in the pack.
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Old 06-21-2020, 11:33 AM   #9
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Just passing along what I learned/heard.
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Old 06-21-2020, 10:13 PM   #10
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Put another 60 shots through longbow and noticed a bit more pop in the arrows, tighter grouping and pretty quiet. Thinking these will be GTG. Still not all fluffed out yet.
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Other than being heavy, Cat Whiskers work great, especially on longbows that have no string to limb contact/slap.

On recurves as long as the brace height is set good for them you're usually good to go, but if the brace is low, the weight of the whiskers increase the force of the limb slap, thus increase the slap noise level.

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Interesting... I know the Toelke's cut their catwhiskers pretty short. I'd imagine to try and keep the weight down some. Someday I'm gonna put together a string building kit and do my own testing. I like the idea of lighter and faster.
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Old 06-22-2020, 11:27 PM   #12
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@3.3 grains per 2” paracord sheath piece and I can see and feel the difference from wool puffs. Crisp and quiet.
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Old 06-23-2020, 06:57 AM   #13
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Definitely better than wool yarn.
About the same as acrylic yarn.

I've been intending to do some experimenting with paracord, and foam ear plugs, but haven't got around to it yet.

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Finish the remodel first. Hunting season is creeping up on us.

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Old 06-30-2020, 06:31 PM   #14
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Thanks Wudstix, I tried paracord silencers after reading your post and watching the Push video. I recently started shooting a mild R/D 62" longbow after a love affair of many years with ASLs, on which I did not put any silencers.
The paracord fluffs up nicely after a few shots and really does a nice job at quieting my bow.
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Put another 61 arrows down range, @175 total starting to fluff out nicely. Adjusted the paracord to 12” from nock grooves and got quieter, still tweaking length on 2315 and 2219, may end up with heavy hardwood arrows.
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Old 07-01-2020, 10:18 PM   #16
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Put a total of 201 arrows through to get these fluffed up nicely.
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Old 07-03-2020, 06:33 PM   #17
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I love cat whiskers trimmed to about the size of a quarter.. Been using them over 20 years without any problems. Drives me crazy when I see guys tie on whiskers and leave them long .. They look like a spinner bait.
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Old 07-04-2020, 07:51 AM   #18
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Put a total of 201 arrows through to get these fluffed up nicely.
Yes they do.

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Old 07-04-2020, 09:11 PM   #19
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http://www.tradgang.com/tgsmf/index....ch=49298;image

This is after 201 shots.
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Yes they do.



No offense but I would rather have a uniform ball of good wool yarn on mine.

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Old 07-05-2020, 05:20 AM   #21
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No offense but I would rather have a uniform ball of good wool yarn on mine.

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None taken. I have used otter fur and wool yarn also.
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Old 07-05-2020, 08:44 AM   #22
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I have been partial to Qiviut for years as it is light and sheds water very well. Gonna give PC a try and if it performs as advertised the cost savings would be substantial.
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Old 07-06-2020, 01:08 PM   #23
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The speed difference between wool puffs and paracord is noticeable, which is another plus when shooting heavy arrows.
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Old 07-06-2020, 04:59 PM   #24
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I sincerely doubt it's more than 2 or 3 feet per second. The difference between puffs and no puffs is generally under 5fps.

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Old 07-06-2020, 10:19 PM   #25
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It is visible and I know my eyes ain’t that good. And if it is pushing my 860 grain arrows as fast as my MOAB pushed my 750 grain arrows that is something.
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I use the neck hairs off of my last cow bison. That stuff will not gather water and works very well.
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Old 07-08-2020, 12:47 PM   #27
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I use the neck hairs off of my last cow bison. That stuff will not gather water and works very well.
Now that is a traditional solution!

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Old 07-09-2020, 08:28 AM   #28
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I have used coyote fur in the past and it is very light weight.
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Old 07-09-2020, 08:45 PM   #29
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Have adjusted PC silencers from 12” to 14” from nocks, slight buzz is gone. Just a thump remains. D/R longbows at 63-66# like silencers 1/4 of string length from nocks. Arrow flight is amazing, groups have improved to four arrows feathers touching. Speed is impressive. As quiet as anything I have tried to date; alpaca, coyote, wool, whiskers and Qiviut.
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Tweaked the PC to 1/4 from top and 1/3 from bottom. Testing in the dark really allows focus. It appears to work, but without a decimeter we may never know.
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