My '59 Grizzly is still shooting with the skinny string on it since 2008. Bow stays strung most of the time and no problems, the wood arrows weigh about 525 gns. I still won't try anything but B50 on my Kodiaks or other collector bows. BTW I too tested the strength of several string materials and found they were consistently about half of manufacturer's specs. I'm not recommending modern strings on older bows, just decided to try it for myself.
Posts: 9816 | From: Los Gatos, California | Registered: Jun 2005
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Putting this back on top to see if anyone has any updates. As with any practice, the longer the history the better conclusions you can make about it.
I am interested as I pulled out my 73 Kodiak Hunter and was shooting and my serving broke. Wanting to keep shooting, I grabbed my backup string for my current go to bow (an 10 strand endless loop TS+ padded to 16 strands in the loops) and put it on. I was shocked at how much this changed how the bow shoots compared to the 12 strand Dacron I took off. Besides seaming much faster, it was quieter with less shock and vibration - just a better feel throughout the shot. Also, the annoying buzz in the old spring arm quiver was gone. I had to use a 50 grain lighter point to get the bow/arrow back in tune.
-------------------- "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are" T. Roosevelt
Michigan Traditional Bowhunters TGMM "Family of the Bow" Posts: 603 | From: West Olive, Michigan | Registered: Nov 2005
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