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  • Dennis Sundborg
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    I’ve been struggling with a noisy recurve for a number of years now. I love the bow and I get great arrow flight but I’m tired of critters jumping the string. (Thankfully I haven’t wounded any because of it.) I’ve tried all the standard noise reduction tricks but I still think the bow is noisy. Does anybody have an idea of the decibel rating number for a quiet bow? Apparently I can load up a free application on my wife’s IPad to determine if the bow is noisy or is it just my Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

  • wojo14
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    I have no idea about decibel levels, But I will say, you can not beat wool for silencers.

    I can send you some navajo wool for silencers. Works great!!

    Let me know.8)

  • Dennis Sundborg
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    Wojo

    Thanks very much for the offer. Very much appreciated. I tried Marino wool silencers and they helped a bit but still didn’t do the trick. I’ve tried different quality cat whiskers, I’ve tried beaver balls and right now I’ve got two sets of string leaches on the string. Still noisy. Thanks anyway for the offer.

  • Mountain ManMountain Man
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    I went to monkey tails on my recurve and they helped alot

    2 worked well but there very small and you can easily run 4/6

    They slid with minimal effort so you can tune your string for vibration noise but they dont move unless wanted

  • Stephen Graf
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    I hate to state the obvious, as I am sure you’ve tried it already, but…

    Brace height, brace height, brace height. Bump it up. The bow will get more quiet.

    I’ve never seen a bow that won’t get quiet. It may be up there at 9 inches or more of brace height, but it will get quiet.

  • R2R2
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    Dang recurves

    Assume you’ve tried a heavier arrow? Wood different from carbon? Maybe move side plate out a tad? A little bit might help a bunch and a little bit shouldn’t mess with spine much if at all. Mine actually shoot better with a little piece of something behind the side plate. Sometimes a little bit under the rest helps too. Might have to raise your nock set a bit but that’s easy enough.

    Just wonderin’ 🙂

    Good luck…

  • Dennis Sundborg
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    Steve

    Tried the brace height move right off the bat. The bow started to get noisier after 8 1/8 ” (at least to my ear and thus the decibel reading question). Manufacturer recommends 7-8″ brace height. I think my issue is the connection between the limbs and the riser with the Hoyt Paralever system. I’m thinking about trying “Hushpuks”. Anybody had any experience with them?

  • R2R2
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    Tried some moleskin in those riser/limb connections? ❓

  • Stephen Graf
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    Might give Hoyt a call and see what they say.

    If the sound is coming from something other than just string noise, it’s best to solve that problem directly, not cover it up with dampers.

    Yet another reason I like my American Semi Longbows so much. No such worries.

  • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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    Steve, on that note, justmout of curiosity, who made your bow? Dwc

  • Stephen Graf
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    dwcphoto wrote: Steve, on that note, justmout of curiosity, who made your bow? Dwc

    I’m afraid I’ll have to take the blame for it.

  • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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    I thought so. That’s pretty cool. You make laminated bows? One of these days’ I’ll have to give it a swing. I would like to have an American Semi Longbow, so that would be what I’d try for. Where do you get your supplies? thanks, dwc

  • Stephen Graf
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  • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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    Thanks! I’ve been looking at this site. I don’t think I’ll start one of these projects any time soon. I appreciate the work that goes into it. thanks, dwc

  • handirifle
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    Ontario

    I hate to ask the obvious, but did you try a LOWER brace height? I have a noisy recurve that DID get quieter when the brace got higher, but I had a 66″ Martin recurve that HATED anything higher than 7″. It was almost too low, but the bow was smooth, quiet, and shock free. It happened by accident too. My original string got frayed and I had the archery shop owner make me a new one, it was 1/2″ too long.

    I was shooting inside, so I said what the heck, I can twist it up if need be. He was more than willing to make a new one, but after a few shots I liked it. Added bonus was it picked up 5 fps with the longer power stroke too.

    The down side, is if it gets too low, hand slap can become an issue.

    I have also found that my bows are noisier with fast flight strings, rather than dacron or similar. Just my experience.

    Good luck.

  • handirifle
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    Ontario

    Have you checked the tiller on this bow? I have a bow that has been VERY noisy and like you, I tried everything I could think or read about, until I checked the tiller. Oddly enough I only checked it because I started shooting 3 under (long story there) and when I sanded the limbs to correct it (one piece recurve) most of the noise went away.

    Sounds like yours is a takedown so it would be easier to correct with shims.

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