A fur string silencer on your bow not only cuts down on the noise of a shot; it can minimise stress cracks in recurve or laminated bows. While a string silencer can be easy to make and install, it can be difficult to choose the correct type of fur for your silencer. There are many types of commercial string silencers available. However, making your own allows you to choose the exact type of fur you want, depending on your needs and sense of style.
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Things you need
- Tanned fur pelt
- Razor knife
Hold the pelt taut, fur-side down. Cut the pelt into two five inch long, ½ inch wide strips using the razor knife. Do not cut through the fur. Taper the last inch of each strip to just under ¼ inch wide.
Locate a spot on the string 10 to 12 inches from the end.
Untwist the string enough to slide in one tapered edge of the fur strip. Release the string, allowing it to twist, trapping the strip.
Wind the strip in the same direction as the string's winding, butting the edges together without overlapping them.
Untwist the string enough to slide in the other tapered end of the fur strip. Release the string.
Repeat to install a second silencing strip on the other end of the string, 10 to 12 inches from the end.
Fire the bow several times. The natural action of the string will secure the silencer in place.
Tips and warnings
- Beaver, mink and muskrat furs are water repellent, making them ideal for silencing a bow used outdoors in bad weather.
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