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Old 04-13-2012, 05:23 PM
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Default quietest recurve configuration

Being such a newbie to traditional archery but primarily a hunter I have another dumb question.
Which recurve configuration is the quietest?
Daala Das connection?
Ilf connectionwood or metal risers?
regular takedown recurve?
or a one piece recurve?

I ask because I was watching some hunting videos from Rick Welch on youtube.
I dont know what bows these guys were using but of the deer killed most of them jumped the string a bit and Im pretty sure it was from noise. Most of the bows seemed loud.
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Old 04-13-2012, 05:36 PM
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Default Re: quietest recurve configuration

Design and bowyers skill play a major part. Arrow weight can be important, heavier is quieter. Ilf has been a little noisier for me.

Pressured or nervous deer more readily jump the string.
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Old 04-13-2012, 05:49 PM
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Default Re: quietest recurve configuration

A well tuned bow with heavier arrows should be quietest.
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Old 04-13-2012, 05:53 PM
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Default Re: quietest recurve configuration

My 45 lbs Assenhiemer , shooting 2114's with 125 gr points, is scary quiet.


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Old 04-13-2012, 05:56 PM
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Default Re: quietest recurve configuration

The more different individual pieces and parts to a bow, the more items which have an opportunity to vibrate and rattle.

Also, The better tuned your bow is the more quiet, in general.

The heavier your arrows, grains per pound, the more energy they absorb. This means your bow absorbs less of that energy in the form of vibration, heat etc and the less noisy it is, potentially.

Many other factors too. Quality of your release. Your tab or glove can contribute. What type of string on your bow. How the string contacts the limb tips. Bow quivers can rattle too.

Guess my answer to your question is, there is no simple answer. Bow design plays a part, but a solid one-piece wood longbow can be loud if it is not tuned well, or is shooting really light arrows, or you have lousy release etc.

So tune your bow, try some heavier arrows, pay attention to your release, arrow rest. Some guys on here have tricks for quieting up ILF limb connections too.

I've had a dozen or more bows. Great Northern Fireball and DAS MAster with Border Hex5 recurve limbs using beaver fur string silencers have been the two quietest for me. I've had some D-shaped longbows that seemed to always have a noticeable "thunk" to them.
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Old 04-13-2012, 06:02 PM
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Default Re: quietest recurve configuration

Static limb tips seem the quietest for my set ups.
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Old 04-13-2012, 06:40 PM
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Default Re: quietest recurve configuration

I don't think you can make a bow quite enough that a deer can't hear it. The two best killers I know(over 300 big game animals each, deer and hogs) don't try to shoot real quite bows. They both just get close and shoot low.
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Old 04-14-2012, 12:20 PM
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Default Re: quietest recurve configuration

I look at it like scent control. The sound of a bow being shot cant be completely eliminated same as you cant be completely scent free. But its in your best interest to reduce both LOL
I HATE loud bows
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Old 04-14-2012, 03:34 PM
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Default Re: quietest recurve configuration

I care where the arrow goes not how much noise the bow makes. A noisy X is better than a quiet 5 to me. If I hunted I would look at things differently I don't doubt.
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Default Re: quietest recurve configuration

Dryad (ilf longbow) is the only bow I have ever shot that does not require silencing.
Must be others out there !
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Some limbs are naturally more noisy than others but!!!!!! DAS connections on the original configuration with the rubber pad will be the MOST quiet,,generally.. Now I have shot some of our sponsors Bows,,,Dryads are especially quiet! They just go,,,,booomp,,,,. I have a Tracker warf that has DAS connections and original DAS plates (my personal favorite) with Sky shorts at 46 pounds,,60 inch Bow,, just pretty quiet!

Went hun ting with a guy 15 years ago,,,he was shooting an Oneida compound,,,sounded like a 22 going off!!!!! Could hear him shoot at Javelina quarter mile away in his stand,,,lol
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Default Re: quietest recurve configuration

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Dryad (ilf longbow) is the only bow I have ever shot that does not require silencing.
Must be others out there !
I'll second that. I love my dryad epic set up. They know how to make a sweet rig. Although I have to put on fur silencers, for asthetic reasons :-P
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Some limbs are naturally more noisy than others but!!!!!! DAS connections on the original configuration with the rubber pad will be the MOST quiet,,generally.. Now I have shot some of our sponsors Bows,,,Dryads are especially quiet! They just go,,,,booomp,,,,. I have a Tracker warf that has DAS connections and original DAS plates (my personal favorite) with Sky shorts at 46 pounds,,60 inch Bow,, just pretty quiet!

Went hun ting with a guy 15 years ago,,,he was shooting an Oneida compound,,,sounded like a 22 going off!!!!! Could hear him shoot at Javelina quarter mile away in his stand,,,lol
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I believe Oneida started up here in western NY they were popular here once
i wanted no part of them once i heard it.
... you're right they are loud.
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Old 04-15-2012, 05:47 AM
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Default Re: quietest recurve configuration

My DAS riser with Winex lilmbs was the quietest bow I have ever shot. Even some long time veterans at the sport would comment on it.
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Default Re: quietest recurve configuration

Nothing wrong with an arrow going in the x , and super quiet. Or the lungs , if hunting.
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