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Offline DELTA_WOLF

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para-cord bow strings?
« on: March 14, 2019, 09:39:04 am »
Question, can i use paracord for a bow string i have heard mixed opinions but a bow string isnt supposed to stretch right. the good paracord is cheap and desnt stretch so i think it can be used. but id like some opinions/experinces to be put in on this matter, Thanks
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Offline Ed Brooks

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Re: para-cord bow strings?
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2019, 09:43:29 am »
Iíve used it kinda big, give it a try. I now use a plastic bailing twine for free strings. Good luck! Ed
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Online osage outlaw

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Re: para-cord bow strings?
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2019, 10:05:21 am »
You can buy a spool of bow string material just about as cheap and have a better result.  There are many bow strings worth of material in a spool.
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Offline dylanholderman

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« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2019, 10:50:35 am »
You can buy a spool of bow string material just about as cheap and have a better result.  There are many bow strings worth of material in a spool.

^^^ this

Any hunting weight bow will make paracord behave like a rubber band, Dacron is cheap still has some stretch but not nearly as bad as Paracord. Fast flight/dyna flight are better but also more exspensive,
buy Dacron to learn on and once you know how to twist a string buy the better stuff then.

Offline Del the cat

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Re: para-cord bow strings?
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2019, 11:16:19 am »
No...
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Offline Bayou Ben

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« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2019, 11:22:18 am »
No...
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Offline Pat B

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Re: para-cord bow strings?
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2019, 11:37:19 am »
I use it for a tiller string early in the process but it does stretch too much for a bow string.
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Offline DELTA_WOLF

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Re: para-cord bow strings?
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2019, 01:41:40 pm »
ok so that's definitely a big no-no so where exactly do i get these non stretchy bow strings?
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Offline PatM

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Re: para-cord bow strings?
« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2019, 04:16:08 pm »
If you are asking that question the fishing line aisle at your local sports store is likely your quickest option.  Spiderwire braid is great stuff.

Offline DELTA_WOLF

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Re: para-cord bow strings?
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2019, 04:59:54 pm »
ok ill give it a try
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Offline Pat B

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« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2019, 05:32:55 pm »
Or you could ask on Trading Post if anyone has and string material to trade. I just sent 2 spools of B-50 to a member because someone gave it to me and I already had plenty.
Make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes!    Pat Brennan  Brevard, NC

Offline DELTA_WOLF

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« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2019, 06:09:22 pm »
thanks guys i may go check the trade forum
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Re: para-cord bow strings?
« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2019, 08:58:41 pm »
If you do get the paracord don't get the thickest and remember it will stretch
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Offline hoosierf

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Re: para-cord bow strings?
« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2019, 03:01:17 am »
Iíve made a lot of strings from braided fishing line. Ten to twelve strands of 65# test braided works fine. You still want to wax it thoroughly to keep it together.

Offline Eric Krewson

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Re: para-cord bow strings?
« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2019, 03:20:22 am »
If you are going to get into this stuff you might as well do it right. Buy a 1/4# spool of B-50 bow string material, watch the string making videos on youtube, make a string jig and start making bow strings. You will need a spool of serving and a serving tool as well as some string wax.

Ebay has good prices on B-50 bowstring material with free shipping.

A string made out of paracord will rob you of a good part of your bows performance as will a string made from too many strands of any other material.  I use 12 strands of B-50 for bows up to 60#.