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In hunting situations it does make a difference. You want your bow to shoot as quietly as possible.
I've been beside a friend on the 3D trail while he shot his hunting bow - I was absolutely blown away by the lack of noise it did not make. Really, really quiet. He had the speed buttons near the cams, the string dampener in the top 1/3 of the string, the string suppressor or string-stop mounted on his bow, and a dampener out the front. All the usual stuff.
The vibration dampener that screws in just under the riser and sticks out the front is mainly a balancing weight, but it also dampens unwanted vibration at the shot.
In this pic you can clearly see the string suppressor that I made, plus the shock absorber that sticks out front. If you look close at the string under the suppressor you can see the speed buttons... these act like a bit of a weight on the end of a rope - making it twirl or go faster. The speed buttons can add as much as 5 fps to your arrows - while the peep and string vibration dampeners rob you of speed |(weight on the wrong part of the string)...
I have tried a stabilizer and the string dampeners with the original set of strings. The new set of strings just has the speed deallys near the cams and one below the D loop and the string suppressor that came with the bow. I haven't noticed any more shock or noise than before. Just wondering what others have experienced.
competitive shooting a little different , long stabs , short , side bar , weights , bling here and there all to get things balanced enabling you to hold dead still consistently is the goal for those 3 spot shots and 900 Fita target rounds, for this shooting very important.......my hunting setup is very very basic , simple as possible
both very fun to shoot and will hone your skills like no other