Is beaver hair one of the better sting silencers or are the cat whiskers just as good?
+1...but I have heard some longbows BOTH primitive and current that are amazingly quiet without silencers and really didn't need any.Bowhunters, especially experienced bowhunters, do not use string silencers to subdue or disguise smacking, cracking, crashing, explosions, etc. Bowhunters are not idiots....well...some are, and do know how to tune a bow/rig.
The best tuned bow with perfect matched arrow spine is still going to emit a degree of sound that might not make the target shooters in the other lanes jump and run, or jump the string, but animals with big ears will and do.
7 feet per second... that is about 4.77 miles per hour... a stroll in the park with the dog speed maybe at the most... compared to the speed of sound at 1100 or so fps... well.... quiet is a small expense...I've played around with fleece, yarn, and the catwhiskers string silencers, and the catwhiskers are by far and away the most effective. My only caveat is that they are heavy and will slow your arrows down by about 5-7 FPS.
Considering the differences in the dynamics of initial arrow flight with a finger release vs a mechanical release, it's kinda like comparing a black powder round to a high-power bullet. (A mechanical release eliminates one major cause of paradox.)Define Quiet?
I've seen bows shot with fingers and then a release, quiet by significant amount. This taught me to be careful of my release and generally shoot for a two finger release as much as possible.
Ya know this keeps coming up and I keep shaking my head. I'm currently using two different brand nocks with VERY different string grabs on my Warf (and a few other bows). Except for the act of Engaging the sting, I can't tell the difference in sound or points of impact. BUT, the bows are fairly well tuned.Nock versus self nock or a loose nock on the string.... Huge difference with my bows...
Last time I checked, a dry fire is a little louder than the sound of an arrow leaving a string normally, with or without silencers... been there, done that.Self nock... almost perfect... if I can keep it on the string... still working on that...
Sure, but it's not the only or even the best route, when there are other options. Just make sure that the "heavy" arrow isn't an over-spined arrow and the high brace height is compensating for that.Heavy arrows and a high brace height make a huge difference for me... and..... the string silencers....
That I can buy. No, silencers, most anyway, do work, but they can also mask other issues that should be fairly easy to address.Maybe they don't work but they make it quiet in my mind.... :teeth: