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    • NavySkyPilot
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      I ordered a 58″ string for my Super Kodiak. I believe I should have ordered a 56″. All the bow’s markings are missing. I can twist the string down to the desired length (length of my used string). Anyone foresee any problems? Thanks, Dave

    • Chris Shelton
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      I would rather have to twist it that untwist it! I always twist mine a bunch. I have a string ment for a 62 inch bow on a 60? If that is wrong, I hope someone speaks up:lol:, but I dont think there is anything wrong with it!

    • NavySkyPilot
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      Chris,

      Thanks, I’ve twisted & got my brace height around 7 1/2 inches. The bow shoots well. I’m learning to shoot instinctive & enjoying shooting more than ever. I’ll be out next month chasing Toms and Jakes.

      Dave

    • Chris Shelton
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      No problem, chasin birds, that is what its all about!!! Be sure to post some pictures when you get a bird!!

    • heydeerman
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      Twist it up. There are some guys who sat a string tisted a lot feels rubbery. I say bull hockey. Doesnt hurt a thing

    • George D. Stout
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      Some years back I asked Bobby Lofton about using a flemish-twist on his longbows. Bobby said, I like them twisted-up a lot….keeps them from stretching so quickly. I have used AMO 62″ strings on 60″ bows by twisting them to fit….just so you don’t get overlapping knots in them.

    • MontanaFord
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      According to the guys at the bow shop I frequent, your string should (technically) be 4″ shorter than your bow’s AMO length…for example, my 58″ Grizzly takes a 54″ string, and my 52″ Kodiak Magnum takes a 48″ string. Anyway, just something to consider.

      Michael.

    • MOUNTAINSLICKER
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      I was taught that twisting is like tying a knot. The more you do the weaker the string becomes. 3 twists per inch is about ideal. Less than that there is danger of untwisting the loops. Often times if I miss or want to use on a different bow I make a bowers knot or timber hitch on one end. That’s faster than tying the second loop and allows for brace height changes without weakening the string. Different bows by design us different brace heights. I find if there are factory string grooves in the bows belly, bracing where the string leaves the groove about 14 inch from end of groove is a good starting point. Has worked on most bows I have ever tried it on. The maker didn’t put the grooves in without a plan. Most older bears can have an 8 to 9 inch brace height

    • MOUNTAINSLICKER
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      Just reread your question. Semper Fi from an old Marine and thank you for your service. I spent many long days in the Camp LeJune mud

    • Buckhorn73
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      Just my two cents here. I prefer more twisting than less. Whether one can overdo the twist – I suppose it’s possible but it sure isn’t going to unwind and let go.

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