Post by Rick Barbee on Oct 15, 2022 8:46:53 GMT -6
For those purists out there, who scoff at the concept of bow, and/or string silencing, this probably isn't for you. Also, I know these aren't purdy/stylish, but they work better than anything I have ever used (which is considerable), and they only weigh 7 grains each.
Now to the meat of the post:
The string silencers are two foam ear plugs. One on each end.
Normally I would thread them onto the string, but I didn't want to remove the string to do it this morning, so I split them in half long ways, then centered the string inside the two halves, and tied them on using a nail knot. They work so well, that I will likely not use anything different anytime soon. Next ones will be threaded onto the string just to make them look a little better, but that'll be sometime down the road.
What you see above the silencer is a string slap dampener. 1" velcro disc, with a foam earplug threaded & tied in place onto the string, then centered on the disc. It also works very well, although this particular bow has very little slap.
I've been shooting with these on the string all morning (about 2.5 hours). They have not moved (but can be if needed), and they have not ripped. I'm happy.
Post by Rick Barbee on Oct 16, 2022 13:31:05 GMT -6
Pretty sure I have the final product figured out.
I have near 200 shots into these.
The shots are extremely quiet, and the ear plugs are holding up very well.
Moldable foam ear plugs X 4
3/16" X 1" strip of electrical tape X 4
String for tying in place - I use .026 serving material
1" diameter disc made from the fuzzy side of (industrial grade) peel & stick velcro X 2
Thread the ear plugs onto the string length ways through their center. I use a hot iron with a needle point to make the hole through them. Then I use a large fat needle, and some string (same string I use to tie them in) through the bow string loops to do the threading onto the bow string.
Once you have them on the string, slide them close to their final position, but leave enough room for you to do the tie in. Roll them to decrease their diameter, then wrap the strip of tape tightly at their center point.
Once you have the tape on, then tie a four coil nail knot at center of the tape, and pull it tight making sure the coils of the knot stay on the tape.
They will be tight, but can be moved. Slide them to their final positions.
If desired, you can also split the string silencer ear plugs for a more aesthetic appearance. I think it looks a little better, and to my ears it dampens the string vibration a bit more. Space them as desired.
The string slap dampeners should not be split. The velcro should be placed at limb center, with it outer (limb tip side) edge about 1/4" inside of where the string leaves contact of the limb while at brace, then center an ear plug on the disc.