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Bow Tip Covers

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Does anyone use bow tip protectors for their traditional bow? Are these designed to be used with a strung bow or just to put on to protect when not in use? Do they help dampen? Do you lose much speed? Does the Rubber squeak? I saw some other larger designs like leather with a hole cut through but they were a bit larger and looked goof to me. What has worked or not worked for you?

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I have used them in the past on my bottom limb. They protect the tip if you stand the bow up on its bottom limb, and they hold the bottom string on if you unstring your bow. I hardly ever unstring my bows and I usually don't set them on their bottom limb so I don't use them anymore. I never noticed any noise or negative effects on using them though.
 

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I have used them in the past on my bottom limb. They protect the tip if you stand the bow up on its bottom limb, and they hold the bottom string on if you unstring your bow. I hardly ever unstring my bows and I usually don't set them on their bottom limb so I don't use them anymore. I never noticed any noise or negative effects on using them though.
I’m not gonna lie I have dropped my bow a couple times while shooting when practicing different grips. One or so of those times just happened to hit concrete or a rock. It hasn’t happened in a while but I’d rather have at least the bottom like y’all have mentioned protected. Thanks!

Also, I left my bow strung all year and haven’t seen adverse affects thus far. It may occur but it’s such a convenience to not have to string the bow everytime. The old bowyer that I bought it from told me the same thing but I was skeptical. His hunting bow he hung above his doorway at his front door. He hunted the land at his house so he would just reach up and grab it and go when it was time to hunt. He had hundreds of collectible bows and was kind of enough to sell me two.
 

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Do it, takes more time to get it on than to sew or cut. You could make it larger, but then it would be ugly like the ones you looked up haha.
I wonder if it would double as a string groove silencer since I have a recurve and the string touches the limbs there. I guess I’ll just have to piddle with it some.
 

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I’m not gonna lie I have dropped my bow a couple times while shooting when practicing different grips. One or so of those times just happened to hit concrete or a rock. It hasn’t happened in a while but I’d rather have at least the bottom like y’all have mentioned protected. Thanks!

Also, I left my bow strung all year and haven’t seen adverse affects thus far. It may occur but it’s such a convenience to not have to string the bow everytime. The old bowyer that I bought it from told me the same thing but I was skeptical. His hunting bow he hung above his doorway at his front door. He hunted the land at his house so he would just reach up and grab it and go when it was time to hunt. He had hundreds of collectible bows and was kind of enough to sell me two.
The first bow my dad built has been strung for 22 years and it still scales the exact same weight it did when he built it. I have a 50+ yr old Bear Grizzly that has spent at least the last 30 yrs strung and most likely has been strung it's entire life and it still scales the same weight printed on the bow.

When I do unstring them I always use a bow stringer but still think your more likely to have something go wrong stringing and unstringing a bow then you are just letting it strung. Some may disagree with that though. This is with fiberglass recurves. All-wood bows, longbows or self bows may be different. I don't have much experience with them.
 
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I use a rubber one for years but trim it down to below the nock basically if I lean it on something. Last several years I plasti dip tape it off and dip it couple times and it easily comes off when I need it to
 

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I've used one for 30 years...I think it's a Saunders brand. Plastic, and has a hole in it for the string to come through.
Probably the main reason I started using one was because of hunting out of mesh metal hang on stands. I would often have the bottom limb tip resting on the metal platform. I never wanted the tip to be in contact with the metal stand. It's never squeaked and, if anything, it cuts down on the chance of the limb tip bumping against the metal stand, step, or whatever.
I've never felt the need to put one on the top limb.

And I will often use the bow as a rest to steady myself when glassing. Bottom limb resting on the ground (or stand), and I grab the binoculars and upper limb with both hands. I'm much more steady and effective at glassing that way. Plus, if I have to make a quick move, I already have my hands on my bow...no need to reach for it on a hanger.
Try resting your binocs on your bow when glassing...much less eye fatigue doing it that way.
 
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Does anyone use bow tip protectors for their traditional bow? Are these designed to be used with a strung bow or just to put on to protect when not in use? Do they help dampen? Do you lose much speed? Does the Rubber squeak? I saw some other larger designs like leather with a hole cut through but they were a bit larger and looked goof to me. What has worked or not worked for you?

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I use that one from three rivers. Take them off periodically to dry.
 

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In the same vane of protecting your bow, do these things actually work and would you recommend them or another brand like them? Pros./Cons?
 

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they work but a lot of weight on string I perfer a small rubber cushion sleeve 3 rivers sells. It’s a tube shape. Light weight and very very quiet on a recurve
 

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they work but a lot of weight on string I perfer a small rubber cushion sleeve 3 rivers sells. It’s a tube shape. Light weight and very very quiet on a recurve
I was thinking I could put a low density foam through the string and accomplish the same thing and be lighter like you mentioned. What is the name of the 3 rivers product you are referring to I cant seem to find it.
 

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In the same vane of protecting your bow, do these things actually work and would you recommend them or another brand like them? Pros./Cons?
They do keep things from getting pinched between the limb and string. I personally only use one on my top limb because it keeps my bowhanger from getting pinched between the string and limb. I had a instance where I had a buck approaching and when I went to pick up my bow, the hanger was stuck between the limb and string. It ended up causing my bow/and or hanger to scrape the tree and the buck heard it. Haven't had that problem since using one of these.
 

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In the same vane of protecting your bow, do these things actually work and would you recommend them or another brand like them? Pros./Cons?
These are a requirement IMO.
They definitely work to keep twigs and crap from snagging the space while walking.
They do kinda migrate on my string during practice shooting though, so I do pay attention to where they are. Example...If you were to jam them as far toward the tip as possible, is would slightly change the brace height. And if one is jammed tight and the other is not, I suspect that the tiller would be a little different, too.
I place my brush buttons so they are a hair short of touching the belly, so they still do the job but they won't interfere with limb and string travel as the bow comes to "brace" at the end of a shot.
I'm not sure if it makes a difference, but why take chances? I try to pay attention to details...all of them.
 

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The first bow my dad built has been strung for 22 years and it still scales the exact same weight it did when he built it. I have a 50+ yr old Bear Grizzly that has spent at least the last 30 yrs strung and most likely has been strung it's entire life and it still scales the same weight printed on the bow.

When I do unstring them I always use a bow stringer but still think your more likely to have something go wrong stringing and unstringing a bow then you are just letting it strung. Some may disagree with that though. This is with fiberglass recurves. All-wood bows, longbows or self bows may be different. I don't have much experience with them.
Nailed it. I'd say 80% of the old recurve bows people brought in to get restrung had warped lower limbs and very scuffed limb tips from the ole step-through method their granpappy told them was the way to do it. Other than that they'd be pristine.

Compound bows followed so quickly on the heels of laminated fiberglass limbs that I don't think people appreciate how freakin' cool of an innovation they were.
 

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I made one out of leather for my bow. I haven't noticed any ill effects. It's mostly the peace of mind for me when I rest it on my boot.
You should make a batch of these and posted for sell here, bet you would get some takers. I have the vinyl one on my botton limb, but it falls off after so many shots. I would lose it in the woods for sure.
 
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