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    • Flashman
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      To be honest, I haven’t shot a recurve in years since I starting dabbling with making and shooting primitive bows. As my shooting has continued to deteriorate, I decided I wanted to start hitting what I was trying to aim at, I decided to shoot my Wes Wallace Mentor recurve (takedown). The first thing I noticed besides the fact I was shooting much better, was how noisy it was. I didn’t remember it being so loud previously. I also recognize longbows are quieter than recurves but it still seems real loud–a real thwang every time an arrow is loosed. I played with arrow weights and brace height. I am up to 7 5/8’s inch from just less than 7 inches. The noise is constant and there doesn’t seem to be much change. I checked the limb bolts. The flemish string with cat whiskers is the same as in the past. Any other ideas what might be causing this noise and any suggestions on a solution? Thanks.

    • Stephen Graf
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      Sounds like you’ve checked most of the potential culprits…

      But it seems to me that arrow weight, or spine are the likely problem since your brace height is good.

      Maybe you’re arrows are too light for the bow. You could try a heavier point just to see what happens. You might need to add 50 grains to hear any difference. As long as you are over 10 grains per pound of bow weight, then the arrow weight shouldn’t be a factor in noise.

      One other thing is release style. Sometimes bows are noisy with 3 under when they are quiet with split fingers. Might try that just to see what happens if you shoot 3 under.

    • jpcjpc
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      Try it It works very well

      Any material you can glue will do the job

      http://www.3riversarchery.com/Calf+Hair+String+Groove+Silencers_i3559_baseitem.html

    • Vintage Archer
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      jpc wrote: Try it It works very well

      Any material you can glue will do the job

      http://www.3riversarchery.com/Calf+Hair+String+Groove+Silencers_i3559_baseitem.html

      jpc beat me to the suggestion…a good material for this is mole skin it has it own adhesive, Can be purchased at most drug stores

    • jpcjpc
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      :D:D

    • Flashman
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      Wes Wallace emailed me with a response and we connected at the Longbow Safari. He indicated the solution was Cat Whiskers about 14 inches from the nocks. I originally had Cat Whiskers but they deteriorated in stages, hence the noise problem. He showed me how to put them on. His was great; mine was a failure. It made a huge difference. Later I redid the one put on and the bow was even quieter. I am extremely pleased with the noise level and with the bow overall.

      Wes is a great guy and a credit to our passion and endeavor.

    • jpcjpc
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      I make my ”cat whiskers” with2 inches of an old FF string

      Works very well depending where you place it on the string ( as any silencer )

      It’ nice looking price zero, and I have it on my recurve for 1 year Stronger than anything else

      4 inches moleskine glued on limbs where string is in contact with limbs

      And if of course your brace height is good you’ll have a very quiet bow

      Nothing works if brace height not perfect

    • Etter1
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      My experience is that yarn puffs are by far the best string silencer you can use.

    • jpcjpc
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      Yes, and my puffs are made of FF 🙄

      Other interest insensitive to moisture

      I think the best materal is the one who gives you what you’r looking for

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      The best cure that I’ve found for a noisy recurve is a longbow…

    • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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      Smithy, pretty funny. I started back into shooting with my old Wasp. I had stuff all over the bow to try to get it quiet and it was never as quiet as my longbow, except when I’m making a bad release! dwc

    • Stephen Graf
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      Smithhammer wrote: The best cure that I’ve found for a noisy recurve is a longbow…

      touche! 🙄 😳

    • RalphRalph
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      😆

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