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I saw this mentioned on a couple of other websites and decided to give it a try since my R/D longbow could use a little help to be "ASL quiet".
Two sets of four 2" strands of 550 cord sheath inserted between the strands of D97 did the trick.
Lighter than wool or fur.
Still looks pretty cool after a few shots.


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Very cool !

Dallas, Texas
62" #55 Fox High Sierra 
62" #58 Black Widow MA
64" #56 A&H ACS 
Widowmaker 350 Carbon shafts
200 gr. Iron Will 4 blade

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I know it's not very trad but I have a set on my selfbow.
Jackson, TN
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I just tuck a couple skwerls between string strands and i am good to go.  A friend tried that with skunks,  to be different.  Don't do that, just saying. 

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I did too !

Madison, Wisconsin.   Public land hunter
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Black Bear fur  has a strong odor and dosn't seem to fade  - had to get rid ot those silencers
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Good to know, thanks.. I unsuccessfully tried worn shoe laces, but didn't think to unravel them.. Seems like that's the ticket to have them function more like the furs..
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My 55# @ 28” draw weight Bear Super Kodiak recurve is annoyingly noisy to me.  I tried to mute the shot noise somewhat by following YouTube instructions to insert parachord string silencers.  They turned out nice in appearance.  They did quiet the shot noise (mostly changed the tone), but my recurve was still not as quiet as I had hoped.  After 30 or 50 shots (I did not accurately keep track), I started finding strings on the ground were I had been standing during the shooting session.  I did not think this was a big deal.  I thought it was just a shooting-in adjustment.  But the string litter on the ground continued plus increased in amount.  After about 200 shots the entire upper parachord string silencer ball was entirely gone and the lower ball was only about a quarter of the original size.


I might not have done things properly somehow.  I only tried it once.  That was my firsthand experience with parachord string silencers.  I replaced them with string silencers made from large wide rubber bands per the instructions from another YouTube video.  They have remained in place so far.  They have done a much better job quieting the shot.  However, I believe the homemade rubber band silencer balls are very ugly in my opinion.  They greatly distract from the beauty of my Bear Super Kodiak recurve.

Southern Illinois
HHA Legend Stick Longbows 45#, 50# & 53#
HHA Tembo Longbows 30#, 40# & 45#
Bear Montana Longbows 30#, 40#, & 50#
Lemonwood Self-Bow Longbow 30#
Ben Pearson Pony Longbow/Semi-Recurve 30# (Purchased New Summer 1966)
Ben Pearson Super Jet Recurve (All Fiberglass) 45# (New Jan. 1970)
Bear Super Kodiak Recurve 55#

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