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Old 07-21-2011, 07:05 PM
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I am tired of trying to keep my cat whisker string silencers untangled. Is there a consensus among recurve shooters as to the best type of silencer. I shoot a Martin X-200 at 50#, flemish string.
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Old 07-21-2011, 07:32 PM
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Never had ah problem with the cats. There quite and waterproof. Just like the looks of puff style. Wool, muskox and stuff like that better.
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Old 07-21-2011, 07:42 PM
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I never had a problem with the rubber cat whiskers either and I usually made mine out of bulk spinner bait material.
When I was bass fishing a lot we would put baby powder on the real rubber skirts to keep them from sticking together.

Now I just make silencers from 100% wool yarn. It only takes a couple of minutes to make a pair and lots of colors to choose from.
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Old 07-21-2011, 09:29 PM
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I wonder what I am doing wrong. I also made mine out of rubber jig skirt material. I may have left the strands too long. I will try shortening them some and see if that helps. I too like the looks of the puff type silencers but I have never tried them.
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Old 07-22-2011, 07:31 AM
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Take a look:
"How I silence a Bowstring", by Apex Predator (aka Marty)
Quick, easy and cheap. The only change I have made, is
using 100% Merino wool. Holds it's shape longer, and does not absorb as much water.
Even using wool, each silencer costs only a few pennies.
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Old 07-22-2011, 08:02 AM
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I've used both catwhiskers and yarn wool puffs on my bows and my ears tell me the puffs are quieter than catwhiskers upon arrow release.
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For recurves, it also helps a lot to wrap wool around the string where it meets the limb, this is a source of noise too.
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Yep, too long on the cat whiskers. I like the wool yarn too for my long bows. Mike
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Old 07-22-2011, 04:55 PM
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Heavy duty bunjy cord.

Cut a 3" piece, split down the middle and attach to your string. They look like cat whiskers but they are alot thicker and seriously quiet noisy bows. You will be surprised, I was.
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Old 07-22-2011, 08:33 PM
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Second on merino wool. One skein in olive drab will last a lifetime! Merino is much more durable than acrylic. Mine have lasted 2-3 seasons.
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Thanks for the tip on the wool yarn. I guess I am off to Hobby Lobby for Merino wool. I will also try wrapping the ends of the string as well as I think I am getting noise from the string slapping the bow there.
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