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BCY B55 Polyester Bowstring Material
 
4.4

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (12)
  • Easy to handle (7)
  • Easy to draw (5)
  • Easy to adjust (4)
  • Accurate (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Hunting (9)
  • Practice (8)
  • All weather (6)
  • Competition (5)
  • Good weather (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (15)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great for a new string maker

Used many strings in 35 years of shooting. Now making them gets me exactly what I want. This material is so affordable, you wonder why you should buy a made string. Very strong...Read complete review

Used many strings in 35 years of shooting. Now making them gets me exactly what I want. This material is so affordable, you wonder why you should buy a made string. Very strong and not nearly as stretchy as B50. Some say it stretches and I don't get it. 1st string I made, I used a recipe of another and shortened the length to accommodate the stretch. I was very surprised after a week on a stretcher, It had only moved about 3/8" and has held very close to that since. The stretch is very acceptable to me and easy to compensate during the building process. I found with 14 strands and Diamondback .018 serving, I get the magical .110 ish zone for perfect nock tension. This was the hardest part to figure out in string making. With X amount of strands, what serving Diameter do you use to get the .110 serving thickness. No one wants to say it as there are a few variables. Follow the above and you will be in the zone from what I experienced.

All in all, you can use the stronger FF products with even less stretch but at a higher price. For the beginner, I can make a lot of string with this product and still have acceptable stretch.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Slow

I tried this as a replacement for Brownell Dacron, using 16 strands for my 60# & 45# Elm/glass longbows. I found that even pre-stressed endless loop strings had more stretch than...Read complete review

I tried this as a replacement for Brownell Dacron, using 16 strands for my 60# & 45# Elm/glass longbows. I found that even pre-stressed endless loop strings had more stretch than the old dacron, (though I won't dare to test theese old worn ones now) A 12-strand FastFlite string cast an 520 gn arrow a full 50 fps faster(!)

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4.0

I would buy this product again and again.

By 

from Chicago, IL

About Me Recreational Archer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Adjust
  • Easy To Handle

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Competition
    • Good Weather
    • Practice

    Comments about BCY B55 Polyester Bowstring Material:

    Great product. Made my own flemish loop with this stuff and it came out great. Would recommend having extra wax. A+ so far.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    2.0

    Slow

    By 

    from Denmark

    Verified Reviewer

    Comments about BCY B55 Polyester Bowstring Material:

    I tried this as a replacement for Brownell Dacron, using 16 strands for my 60# & 45# Elm/glass longbows. I found that even pre-stressed endless loop strings had more stretch than the old dacron, (though I won't dare to test theese old worn ones now) A 12-strand FastFlite string cast an 520 gn arrow a full 50 fps faster(!)

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great for a new string maker

    By 

    from Kansas City

    About Me Recreational Archer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Affordable
    • Durable
    • Little Stretch

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • String Making

      Comments about BCY B55 Polyester Bowstring Material:

      Used many strings in 35 years of shooting. Now making them gets me exactly what I want. This material is so affordable, you wonder why you should buy a made string. Very strong and not nearly as stretchy as B50. Some say it stretches and I don't get it. 1st string I made, I used a recipe of another and shortened the length to accommodate the stretch. I was very surprised after a week on a stretcher, It had only moved about 3/8" and has held very close to that since. The stretch is very acceptable to me and easy to compensate during the building process. I found with 14 strands and Diamondback .018 serving, I get the magical .110 ish zone for perfect nock tension. This was the hardest part to figure out in string making. With X amount of strands, what serving Diameter do you use to get the .110 serving thickness. No one wants to say it as there are a few variables. Follow the above and you will be in the zone from what I experienced.

      All in all, you can use the stronger FF products with even less stretch but at a higher price. For the beginner, I can make a lot of string with this product and still have acceptable stretch.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      B55 performance is fantastic!

      By 

      from Calgary, Canada

      About Me Recreational Archer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Adjust
      • Easy To Draw
      • Easy To Handle
      • Highly Stable
      • Very Easy To Work

      Cons

      • Needs A Lot Of Waxing
      • Rapid Initial Stretching

      Best Uses

      • All Weather
      • Great For Trad Bows
      • Hunting
      • Makes Excellent Strings
      • Practice

      Comments about BCY B55 Polyester Bowstring Material:

      B55 product has considerably less stretch than B50 Dacron. B55 rapidly stretches in 1st hour of being strung and stabilizes quickly. Excellent handling properties for Flemish twist construction; highly recommended. String is forgiving to wooden limbs and considerably faster than B50. Worthwhile product for trad string makers.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      I will be buying more

      By 

      from Burleson, TX

      About Me Recreational Archer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to work with
      • Tough

      Cons

      • Needs More Wax

      Best Uses

      • Hunting
      • Practice

      Comments about BCY B55 Polyester Bowstring Material:

      I have made strings for my recurve, longbow and I have been trying my hand at making pvc bows. this string material hasn't shown any signs of wear and has very little stretch. The colors have not faded any. I ordered the bright green and blue, they have made for some nice looking strings.
      I do however wish there was a little more wax on it, but that is what they make string wax for I guess.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Works Well

      By 

      from Oostburg, WI

      About Me Beginner

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Competition
        • Hunting
        • Practice
        • Reenactment
        • Shooting

        Comments about BCY B55 Polyester Bowstring Material:

        I've only just begun making strings and this is the first stuff I've used. It works well on the primitive bows I make, I'm satisfied.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Would buy more but it came with too much

        By 

        from Orem, UT

        About Me Beginner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Low-stretch
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Not Great For Serving

        Best Uses

          Comments about BCY B55 Polyester Bowstring Material:

          I love this as bowstring material. I am an amateur bow-maker, so one spool will probably last me a couple years(unless I decide to go crazy).

          The first twenty shots on my freshly painted bow stretched the string a little bit, but after five additional twists(flemish style), it stopped stretching all together. I've never used Dacron B50 before, but I imagine this is much like it.

          The price is right, but doesn't make a very good serving string. The serving used to hold the arrows in place without a string nock, but now the arrow nock slides up and down because the serving had elongated, making it too thin to hold an arrow.

          Also: It doesn't seem very waxed, but that shouldn't matter when you twist your bowstring regardless. Whatever amount of wax is there will hold it if you z-twist it a good amount.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          flemish b55 strings

          By 

          from ojai california

          About Me Expert Archer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Durable
          • Easy To Adjust
          • Easy To Draw
          • Easy To Handle
          • Powerful
          • Top Shelf Material

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about BCY B55 Polyester Bowstring Material:

              this makes a nice flemish string,quiet and smooth.i have it on a 60# osage self bow,and it is silent.i also use it on my 60# 52"brush bow/horsebow,and again smooth and silent..

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              BCY B-55

              By 

              from Oregon

              About Me Recreational Archer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Draw
              • Easy To Handle

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • All Weather
                • Competition
                • Good Weather
                • Hunting
                • Practice

                Comments about BCY B55 Polyester Bowstring Material:

                B-55 adds a little less stretch than B-50, but is still safe on most every traditional bow.

                Service and delivery comments:

                Delivery was fast! Like always with 3Rivers.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Inconsistent

                By 

                from Happiness

                About Me Recreational Archer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about BCY B55 Polyester Bowstring Material:

                      I ordered a spool of black several months ago: was great!
                      This time I ordered a spool of brown (tan?) and a spool of black.
                      The tan/brown was great!

                      The black was not waxed :(

                      Still works but a little hassle.

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                      • No

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