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Alternative Tying Materials for Canadians

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Paraaronoid

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Thought I'd ask if anyone has ever tried using alternative materials for band tying due to lack of availability in Canada. For a chorded wishbone, any 'Red Green' type solutions for dyneema? Thin shoelace? :)

Wonder if you could get away with using 400 lb black mono shooting line as a wishbone?

For tying off the wishbone (using the constrictor knot), I have found that contractor's grade string line works really well (the bright orange/red/yellow stuff at Home Depot). Tie the constrictor knot, leave loose, then spray with silicone spray, then tighten. Works awesome. Braided ice-fishing line doesn't work well, I can tell you that...
 
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Erik

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My guns up until now all had steel wishbones, but now I've got one with the dyneema, which I prefer... feels safer. Almost cut a finger off once on a steel wishbone :(
I'll probably just order the "right stuff". I remember trying to substitute the mono spear line and losing a shaft lol.
 

Paraaronoid

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Yeah, those steel wishbones are hell to say the least. My brother recently cut his finger on my old Biller just last time we were out, and I've done the same a couple of times as well in the past. At least mine aren't the articulated metal wishbones. Those flatter things look like they were meant for lopping off fingers :)
 

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Hi Paraanoid, I can highly recommend:

Spearitco.com, The worlds largest selection of Speargun Bands and Do-It-Yourself Spearfishing Supplies in the USA.

We have the same sort of availablity issues in England. I just received an order (which I placed via eBay, which was a little more expensive). It took less than a week (despite low cost shipping) and the rubber is very fresh (they emailed me recently via eBay to say they had fresh rubber just come in). Their Dyneema is what I was after though. 1.9mm for SA/RA/Picasso-style grooved spears and 3mm for sharks tooth spear notches. I also bought some of their Kevlar contrictor cord but I agree cheaper cords work fine - I use whipping twine - but soft braids are less likely to cut into the rubber & it was fairly cheap.

The Dyneema cord is much cheaper through their own website than from then via eBay (although they offer the best deal I could find on eBay too) - very reasonably priced. I also got some of the nickel/brass beads - although plan to use Rob Allen nylon toggles that I have first as they are lighter.
 
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