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Dynamic Range X1 Cable Testing

Updated: Oct 14, 2023

Will Steel Cable Work with Dynamic Range X1?

While the kit is equipped with 110 meters of paracord, facilitated by a CamJam and pulley rope tensioning system for tight setups, a recurrent query from our user base has been the possibility of using a metal cable. This mainly stems from those who wish to keep their setup intact on outdoor ranges. So, we went ahead and tested it out. Here's what we found.

Why the Inclination Towards Steel Cable?

For users with an outdoor shooting range, the lure of a permanent setup is quite strong. Unfortunately, when paracord is continuously exposed to the elements, especially the sun, it deteriorates rapidly, often within two months. Given their durability, steel cables seem to be a logical alternative for those who don't want the hassle of frequent setups.

Our Findings

After extensive testing, we concluded that the Dynamic Range X1 does work effectively with a steel cable. Our tests used a 1/8-inch steel cable with a staggering 1800-pound break strength. The results? The performance was almost indistinguishable from the paracord setup's accuracy and speed.

However, there's a catch. The inherent rigidity of steel cables means they're harder to correctly tension. Without the CamJam pulley system, achieving the desired tightness to avoid significant sagging becomes challenging. Users would likely require external tools, perhaps a come-along or even an ATV, to get the cable as taut as it needs to be.

Points to Ponder

  1. Safety: A snapping steel cable is significantly more hazardous than a paracord. Proper rigging techniques are imperative.

  2. Wear and Tear: We haven't tested the longevity of pulleys with the steel cable. It's plausible that frequent use might result in quicker wear of the pulleys than paracord. Should this occur, replacements are available on our website.

  3. Recommendations: If you're set on using steel cable, our tests found the 1/8-inch steel cable optimal. However, our professional guidance remains the paracord for its ease of use and consistent results.

Final Thoughts

While the steel cable is a feasible alternative, the paracord still has our vote given its ease and consistent performance. We have no plans to include steel cables in our kit or on our website, primarily because the paracord's functionality and user-friendliness are unmatched.

Still curious or need more insights? Dive into our detailed guides or reach out for personal assistance.

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