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    • Dennis
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      I’m just getting back into bowhunting after a 20 year absence. For 25 years prior to that I was a traditional recurve shooter but I’m getting back in with a 66″ – 60# longbow that I overdraw by a good margain. I need to order some spare strings for my new (to me) longbow and I’d like to see some discussion on the new “fastflight” strings vs. the dacron strings I was used to.

    • rayborbon
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      I use D97 on most of my bows. It’s quieter than B-50 and has less stretch than B-50.

      Never used FastFlight.

    • Dennis
      Post count: 52

      OK so I ordered the new strings from the bow manufacturer and the strings that arrived were from another supplier. I assume the bowyer outsources his strings. The bowyer suggests a brace height of 6 1/2 to 7″ for the particular bow. After shooting a dozen or so arrows with the new string the brace height was down to about 6″. I put several twists in the string to get it back up to 6 5/8″ and the bow shoots fine but I don’t think the string is finished stretching and there is more hand shock than with the old string. (Same number of strands.) I expect I will need to put several more twists on the string before it’s totally shot in. My concern is just how many twists in a bow string is too many? Will a string with a great many twists wear quickly?

    • rayborbon
      Post count: 298

      My experience has been that it would be difficult to put too many twists on a bow string which is near the correct fit for a bow. Putting too many twists on a string is not something I have ever worried about. I don’t see how it could negatively affect strength unless there was a knot in it or some other oddity. I don’t believe it would wear any quicker than one with less twists.

    • Hiram
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      Anyone for a Flemish string making thread? How bout a jig thread?

    • Mark Turton
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      Hiram

      I’m interested, it’s something I would really like to learn.

      Mark.

    • Hiram
      Post count: 484

      See what I can drum up.

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