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Just got my first ASL recently and it came with a B-50 flemish twist string. Prior to that all of my bows came with a skinny fast flight endless loop string. I really like this B-50 string! I like the size of it, the flemish twist looks great, and most of all it is quieter without silencers than my bows with FF strings are with silencers. The only downside is it keeps stretching. The bow was used, so no telling how many arrows the string already had on it but I've got about 100 through it and I'm frequently adjusting my brace height.
Is there an alternative material that will be as quiet and not stretch? I notice Mountain Muffler and 60x strings only offer the Dacron and B-55 strings in endless loop, will that style stretch less or stop stretching all together? The bow is a JD Berry Vixen so FF strings are ok.
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nothing wrong with B-50 , maybe you got a bad string, try another from a known string maker
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A properly made Flemish string, should not stretch once its broke in. B-50 flemish is also my choice of material, and I've been using it since it came on the market many years ago. I would throw that one away and get a new one from a well known maker.
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I agree. I twisted my own B50 flemish string for my Vixen, and it stabilized fairly quickly after initial stretch and adjust. They shouldn't stretch that much after broken in.
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string it up and rubb vigoursely with a piece of leather to heat up string
adjust brace height if still streeching after that get a better made string __________________ Colonial Beach, Virginia
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Agreed that the string should not keep stretching. It may be a newer string that's still settling in. Not all string makers stretch their strings in the building process. In my experience, even a well shot in dacron string will move a little with large temperature changes, mostly very warm weather, but usually a turn or two will put them back to where they were.
That being said, a flemish twist string made out of any of the low stretch materials increases performance and reduces hand shock on ASL bows. The trade off for me has been a higher pitched sound, which to my ears is a tad louder than a dacron string.
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Agree with the string quality folks.
I personally use all B-55. But that said, if the string was properly made and tempered/conditioned to begin with it shouldn't be moving. It probably isn't stretching, it's slipping. Try taking it off the bow, hang one loop over something solid, and stretch the stuffing out of it. Take a piece of leather, or a piece of heavy paper and work rub it as hard as you can to heat it up. Measure, and see it moved. If so, twist it back to the correct length, and repeat. Keep doing that until it quits moving. Then put it back on the bow and get the brace height etc. adjusted to suit you. Once you've done that measure the string length while the bow is strung and get a good string made for it. I learned that from a pretty good flight shooter.
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I think a new string is well worth buying. Why bother fixing the old one? Good luck with the JDB Vixen Dylan.
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I had an improperly made B-50 string come undone on a bow once. That string showed the same symptoms as you describe. When it let go it was a close to a dry fire as I ever want to come especially on a 70# recurve. Take the advice of others, get a string made by a known maker.
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If you're constantly adjusting the brace, you're due for a new string
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