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Metal D-Loop string damage

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Has anyone used or is currently using a metal clamp on D-Loop? I have never used one as I have heard they cause more string wear and damage to the serving. I have also heard that the metal D-loop causes more string vibration / noise on recoil. I guess the reasoning is that the clamp is tighter and the angles are sharper. Metal could add more weight, although I have never dropped on on a scale. I have always used a soft loop. Some alternate the knots some don't. I can't see a difference in performance either way. Any thoughts?

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I just read that the metal loop, since heavier, will slow down the string on release thus slowing arrow flight. Enough to be noticeable? Probably not. Other than that the writter (Randy Ulmer)didn't have anything else negative to say. I personally don't know anyone who shoots one.

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As Donbo states, it will add weight to the string. Not sure how many FPS you will loose. I think your serving will be fine, I am however not a fan of the metal ones. I think your better off and can tune a string d-loop more to your own style. And a cloth one cant scratch your face.

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I shot a metal D loop for years. There was no noticeable performance changes at all. The metal was hard on serving and trickier to instal right, but when I was shooting the + out weighed the - .

Metal loops dont fray, break, or streach. At the time I was shooting THOUSANDS of arrows a week year round. And wanted/needed consistancy. But I was sycotic. Everything had to be perfectly the same EVERY time.

I got tossed from one competition (indoor) when a sting loop failed, it was kind of embarassing. I just wanted something I did not have to worry about. This was a long time ago, things may have changed.

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So, Neighbor guy. Did you go back to a string loop now? Why?

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So, Neighbor guy. Did you go back to a string loop now? Why?

Don, I broke several ribs (3) in my upper chest several years ago. Broke 'em right were the cartalage that connects the sternum and the ribs together. They never realy "healed". The breakover point on compounds puts enough stress right on the spot to "pop" those ribs again. A great thing for an archery addict 'eh?

Long story longer, I had to switch to trad. Recurves and Longbows, mostly recurves. They use a different set of muscle groups so after a full year ( sick ) of not shooting at all, I picked up a new addiction.

So I sold out, and started over.

If I still shot (could shoot) a compound, it would have a metal D on it. No questions about it. Back in my "Archery Coach" days, when I was setting up and tunning others bows and helping them with consistancy, I found the metal D to be benificial. It wouldn't twist like a string, and helped perfect head/shoulder/arm alignment, and would perform well in the rain. (Like I said, I was psychotic blush )

Don't get me wrong, the string loop has its plus'es. If your bow is a little short, a longer (slighly) loop can help get the form right. The metal loop will "click" if you are not carefull with your release on the deer stand. And Sting loops can be changed/adjusted as a shooter grows. And they are cheaper, if you wear it out, just cut it off and tie a new one. It comes down to personal preferance. Arguments can be made on both sides.

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i use a metal one and i don't know how it can wear out a serving, once it's secured it dosen't move to rub or wear the serving, if it did putting on a new serving is easy.

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Sorry to hear about your accident. Can't imagine not being able to shoot. Glad you found a way to get around your problems.

My Dad has switched from right handed to left handed and back again a few times due to finger/shoulder issues. Always impressed when someone goes well out of their way to keep doing something they love.

Way to go, and thanks for the input.

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Used one for one season and I got rid of it. Made my bow really loud and even though it clamps tightly on the string it would still creep. Stick to a string loop- JMHO

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Watch out if you have a tendency to smack your forearm I have seen some nasty marks from them even to the point of drawing blood stick to the string one's

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