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    • Dennis Sundborg
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      I have calf hair pads on my Buffalo limbs top & bottom. Over a period of a couple of months the outside edges of the pad on the top limb has shifted right to left suggesting the string is impacting the pad off-centre and then settling in to the string groove dragging the pad with it. The bottom pad has not moved. Have I got a twisted upper limb that only happens at full draw or is this a function of my release or of string twist? I can’t see any limb twist when I look down the string.

    • mhay
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      I have noticed the same thing on my Super Kodiak . Never gave it any thought untill I read your post . Went straight to the garage and made an inspection and found both limb pads , which are some synthetic material , have been creeping also . My string is twisted quite a bit in a clockwise direction. The upper pad had moved toward the centerline of the limb from both sides , yet the right hand side was more pronounced . Same on the botom limb except more pronounced from the left side .

      I give the bow the EYEBALL test at least once a week and to date have no discernable twist ,,,,,the bow being built in March of this year .

      Things like this really get into my walnut sized brain and torment me . So , I removed the pads (I have a bag with several dozen spares ) and reduced the twist by 10 revolutions , which gave a brace of 8.125”. She shoots great and the arrows are still like darts .

      I think you need someone to watch your limb tips as you draw the bow to check for twisting ,,,,AND I HOPE IT AIN’T ! With hunting season upon us you don’t need something like that to aggravate you .

      Might add , after removing the pads and shooting a few arrows , I can’t HEAR any more noise than there was with the pads .

      Best to ya

    • Dennis Sundborg
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      Figured it out. During the summer I was stringing and unstringing my bow on a regular basis. I don’t like to leave it strung in the heat, particularly in a vehicle. During the hunting season it stays strung. Just this past week I unstrung the bow while attending a family affair. When I restrung it, I noticed how the stringer and string interact. It’s the stringing/unstringing process that moves the pad. That explains why it’s only on the top limb. I also held the riser down with my sock foot and drew the string, watching the top limb. No evidence of twisting. I don’t have a twisted limb after all.

    • Jason Wesbrock
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      Excellent news

    • Stephen Graf
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      I never had any luck keeping pads like that in place on any recurve. They all seem to shift, and gum up the limbs to boot.

      A better solution is to serve some wool yarn over the ends of the string where they contact the limb. It stays put and does about the same job, imo.

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