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    • lbman77
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      I’ve seen older posts on who makes quality strings, but couldn’t get it to come up on a search. Can I get some opinions on who puts out a good flemish B50 and the contact info for them?

      Thanks all,

      Rich

    • David Petersen
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      They might do a B50 for you, but I much prefer their fast flight: SBD Silent But Deadly. I now have them on all my bows including an Osage selfbow. 2-3 fps faster than B50 plus all the right stuff you want in a string. I left B50 after getting tired of re-tuning due to endless stretching.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      David Petersen wrote:

      I left B50 after getting tired of re-tuning due to endless stretching.

      Agreed.

      SBD makes a fine string. Check out Rick Barbee as well, and Dan Clum over @ Rocky Mountain Specialty also makes great strings.

    • lbman77
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      Dave and Smith, thanks for the reply.

      Dave: I’m concerned about using fast flight on my bow, since it doesn’t have tip reinforcement. I take it that it hasn’t been a problem for you, though. Also, who makes your strings? Maybe I missed it in your post, so I’ll look again. My memory seems to be getting pretty short these days!

      Smith: I’ll check out your suggestions. Thank you!

      Rich

    • David Petersen
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      Rich,

      Indeed, older glass bows are the most likely to suffer tip damage from FF shock. In my experience it doesn’t seem to hurt wood bows at all. Logically, older (unreinforced limb tips)longbows, which have little or not string slap on the limbs will handle FF better than older recurves, which have serious string contact. Someone here posted about reinforcing the tips of older bows to accept FF, which seems logical and easy enough to me. I have used SBD FF on a 1968 Bear KM with no problems at all.

    • Charles Ek
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      Bearbowman makes the strings I use on my ’58 Kodiak and ’68 Grizzly:

      flemishstrings.com

      Warning, he’s also got some good-lookin’ used bows for sale …

    • Cameron Unruh
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      OR…you could take a little time and learn to twist up your own strings. I love twisting up a string and never risk being without.

    • lbman77
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      Ok, so I forgot to say that I have a glass laminate longbow about 30 years old. I think it has tigerwood laminated limbs, but I’m not sure. Anyway, I’ll check out the suggestions on string makers. I’ll end up doing a Google search, since the latest TB didn’t have any string makers advertized.

      Cameron, I’ll be making my strings in due time. I’m looking forward to making more and more of my own gear. Until then, I’ll have to buy strings :D. Until then, know that apartment living is for the birds!

      Thanks for the replies, all.

      Rich

    • Robin Conrads
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      lbman77 wrote: I’ll end up doing a Google search, since the latest TB didn’t have any string makers advertized.

      There are at least two string makers advertising in the Classified section on page 85. 😀

    • Cameron Unruh
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      Rich – What is the length of your longbow? I would be happy to make you a B-50 string and send it to you – my gift. I have a bunch of B-50 that I am not using much since I switched to D-97.

      If you want me to make you one PM me your address etc.

      Cameron

    • lbman77
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      Cameron, a very generous offer, thank you. PM sent.

    • Cameron Unruh
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      Rich – here is the string ready to come your way…bear in mind I am not a professional string maker. I just twist some for myself and for some bows I build. It is B-50 – I served the string but you will need to place your own nock. Enjoy.

      Cameron

    • David Petersen
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      Cameron, a big thumbs-up. By the way, do you know the history of the name of your town, Clovis? Safe to assume someone found a Clovis site there? If so, how far from the ocean? Just curious as exploring the Clovis mystery (and first Americans in general) is among my hobbies.

    • Cameron Unruh
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      Dave – I wish our town had a history that was connected to the…Clovis. I will do some further research to see if there is a connection but to my knowledge our town name came from one of the founders of the city by the Name of Clovis Cole. I went back to verify that as best I could right now. I was not aware of the Clovis point, that I assume you are referring to. I quickly did a search and found some info on the Smithsonian.com site.

      Clovis is about 2 hours from the closest coastline which is Pismo beach or the Cambria area.

      I am now curious to know more about the Clovis point…

    • lbman77
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      Cameron, you’re the man! It looks fancier than what I had, which was brown and cream. I’m looking forwad to getting the old girl strung up again. Another thing I forgot to mention is that the old string broke at the loop. I’ll need to check the string knocks for roughness, although at first glance, they seem ok. Thanks again, Cameron!

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