Re: cable restraints.
<span style="color: #660000"><span style="font-weight: bold">...I don't go through enough to warrant...making my own</span></span>
No problem, '06.
<span style="color: #660000"><span style="font-weight: bold">the one I got wasn't anything special and cable wasn't loaded properly...</span></span>
'06, It was made according to PGC regulations. A basic, shiny cable restraint is given to you at class time.
If a person prefers to modify or treat their PGC cable, that's their choice to load themselves or purchase 'loaded' cable, and treat the shiny finish to a dull finish.
I posted the youtube links so folks have a better understanding between a regular cable and loaded cable and their workings. Many folks make their own cables and for family & friends. Lots of cable video on youtube.
When we hold Cable Class in my area, me and another instructor bring along a few 'loaded' cables to show the class and explain why they are modified thataway.
The instructors do not make the cables for classes.
The Pa. Game Commission purchase them in bulk. They are then given to local Wildlife Control Officer for class use. Then given one per student attending Cable Class.