- Dennis SundborgMemberFebruary 3, 2016 at 9:01 pmPost count: 34
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.
- Dennis SundborgMemberFebruary 4, 2016 at 2:30 amPost count: 34
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.
- Stephen GrafMemberFebruary 5, 2016 at 11:39 amPost count: 2247
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.
- RalphMemberFebruary 5, 2016 at 3:12 pmPost count: 2412
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’ 🙂
- Dennis SundborgMemberFebruary 5, 2016 at 3:17 pmPost count: 34
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?
- Stephen GrafMemberFebruary 6, 2016 at 11:41 amPost count: 2247
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 CoulterMemberFebruary 7, 2016 at 2:22 pmPost count: 2143
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
- handirifleNovember 4, 2016 at 5:53 pmPost count: 409
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.
- handirifleNovember 21, 2016 at 1:39 amPost count: 409
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.
- Jimmie NewtonMemberMay 18, 2018 at 9:53 pmPost count: 15
I have the “talent” of being able to make my Brackenbury recurve shoot with a good amount of noise when I make a sloppy/funky release. Most of this stems from some physical disabilities, to a minor degree. But a lot of it does have to do with the fact that my shooting sucks like a bucket full of ticks. Have some bad arthritis in my fingers and hand, and wrist that broke and never healed properly from my old motocross days. So, my release suffers somewhat, and one side effect of that is the occasional noisy release.
I shoot split fingers, btw. I’ve read that 3 fingers under can be louder……..
I’ve been shooting my 50# longbow lately, because the poundage is lighter than the Brackenbury. I can make my longbow shoot noisy with a relaxed, loose grip. When I grip the lonbow tighter, it gets much quieter. Dunno if that would make your recurve shoot noisy or not. The loose grip does’t seem to affect my Brackenbury recurve at all……..
Added in EDIT: Holy Crap!!! I just saw the date n this old thread! Hope this guy has already fixed this by now! Dunno why it showed up near the top of my list of recent post……..
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