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    Recurve strings (whats the difference)?

    To preface this: I was shooting indoors with the club a couple of weeks ago and one of the members strings failed (he was left with 2 or 3 strands holding the on for dear life at 3/4 draw). It was a nervous moment down the line but no one was hurt.

    I currently use an 18 strand String Flex Fast Flight 68" string that came with my recurve (still on my first bow). I'm am considering getting a spare for the quiver so I thought I'd have a look (via the magic man archery shop) at what's out there... Fast Flight, Dracon, Reign Customs... A newbie question but what is the difference in string materials? And does number of strands really make a difference (I'm guessing a higher number of strands produces more power?)?

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    Dacron (polyester) is an older material, reliable, but slow and stretchy.
    Most modern recurve bows use variations on polyethylene (hmpe) - Dyneema, Fastflight... Sometimes other materials are added - gore fibres for instance.

    There are also non-stretch materials like Vectran, which can be useful for compounds, but are not recommended for recurve bows.

    There are minor differences in speed/durability between the different flavours of hmpe, and different strand thickness means that you need different numbers of strands to make a string to fit your nocks (it's not generally to do with performance).
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    Thanks Rik. I will stick with what’s going The for a while.

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    One of Waynes went pop at Severns as well, so if it was Waynes that went on the line he might need to have a look at his bow.
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    Yes, I've never had one break (well, apart from a 5 strand flight string, which didn't actually break, just turning into a 66" elastic band). So it's worth checking if there's any rough bits round the limb tips, which can wear. Also, when storing strings, no sharp kinks!
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    Hi

    I have been working towards my County Coach level and one of the topics set was to explain different strings etc...... I guess I must have done a reasonable job as my pass mark was 74% (so maybe 26% wrong!). I am not sure how to attach my piece of work but happy for you to email me on paulmaines10@gmail.com and I will send you my work.

    Hope I can help (probably in a small way).

    Paul

    I was shooting indoors with the club a couple of weeks ago and one of the members strings failed (he was left with 2 or 3 strands holding the on for dear life at 3/4 draw). It was a nervous moment down the line but no one was hurt.

    I currently use an 18 strand String Flex Fast Flight 68" string that came with my recurve (still on my first bow). I'm am considering getting a spare for the quiver so I thought I'd have a look (via the magic man archery shop) at what's out there... Fast Flight, Dracon, Reign Customs... A newbie question but what is the difference in string materials? And does number of strands really make a difference (I'm guessing a higher number of strands produces more power?)?

    Thanks[/QUOTE]

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