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How often do you change your bow string?


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#1 Male OFFLINE   newjerseyhunter

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Posted 05/03/17 - 10:15 AM

I had someone tell me that I should change my bow string after X number of shots because they are only made for so many shots. Furthermore, when the bow string finally "went bad" it would literally go from pin point accuracy to 5" spread in a few shots. Has anyone ever experienced this with their setup? I've been shooting a long time and while I wouldn't consider myself an expert I have never had a bow go instantly out of tune before no matter the age of the string. 



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Posted 05/03/17 - 11:10 AM

I am on my 6th year with my vertical and 3 years on my crossbow. I will change it when I see evidence of stretching and when it affects my accuracy. Sometimes I think they tell you to change it every XXX shots to make more money on us.


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#3 Male OFFLINE   JerseyJaysTaxidermy

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Posted 05/03/17 - 11:38 AM

I do every 3 years or so.. I don't shoot much and I don't wax the string until it's too late lol

Common recommendation is every other year, but it all depends on how much you shoot and how best up it gets from hunting.

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Posted 05/03/17 - 11:52 AM

Never have



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Posted 05/03/17 - 12:29 PM

Just changed my creed string after 4yrs

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Posted 05/03/17 - 12:42 PM

every 2 years
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Posted 05/03/17 - 12:44 PM

Same string, 17 years.


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Posted 05/03/17 - 01:01 PM

I have a buddy who had an old compound - from 90s I think? I don't even think it had a sight on it ("I just aim down the arrow"). Never practiced with it that I know of. I asked him if /when he changed his string, and he looked at me funny. "Never". :D He recently got a new bow. So I'm sure he's good for another 20 years.



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Posted 05/03/17 - 01:10 PM

every 2 years


Same here. Every other year. I might be able to get away with every 3rd year, but I never push it that far. Just had mine done a few weeks ago

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Posted 05/03/17 - 05:02 PM

When they get really really fuzzy or if I notice any badly frayed or broken strands or if they start having rotation or excess serving separation (usually signs of a broken strand).

 

I'm not a stickler like some guys. Very much the opposite, I usually get about 5-7 years out of them but wax them very regularly.

 

I build my own so they really don't cost much (all one color keeps it even cheaper)....So I could change them way more often, but see no need. A lot of care goes into each string or cable I build  so I trust them to last until they show signs of age and wear and tear.


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Posted 05/03/17 - 06:55 PM

Crossbow strings can go for several years, and many, many shots if properly cared for.  


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Posted 05/03/17 - 07:03 PM

When I used to shoot every day, I changed it every year. I don't shoot as much as I used to so now every 3 years. I keep an eye on my string and check my bow often, because you can damage your bow in the woods in a variety of ways. When at my Pro Shop I have him double check my own accessment.
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Posted 05/03/17 - 07:22 PM

Same here. Every other year. I might be able to get away with every 3rd year, but I never push it that far. Just had mine done a few weeks ago


Just curious why do you think 3 years maybe the limit? Does something change in the way your bow shoots after 2?

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Posted 05/03/17 - 07:29 PM

Crossbow strings can go for several years, and many, many shots if properly cared for.


I don't find much of a reason to practice with my crossbow. I check to make sure it's sighted before the season starts and then I check about every week or so, discharging the arrow at the end of the hunt to make sure I am still dialed in. I am thinking 95% of the shots I take is discharging it at the end of the hunt

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Posted 05/03/17 - 07:30 PM

I change my cross bow strings when they fray... that happens about every 1.5 years ...


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Posted 05/03/17 - 07:33 PM

It depends upon the wear on the string, which usually corresponds to use.Some people who shoot less, could easily get multiple years of use. The new bowstrings don't stretch as much as they did even 5 years ago, making them more durable.
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Posted 05/03/17 - 07:34 PM

I change my cross bow strings when they fray... that happens about every 1.5 years ...


3 years on my crossbow and I see no evidance of it
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Posted 05/03/17 - 07:38 PM

I change my strings every year. For no other reason than I want to change them.  I put roughly 5000 shots a year on a set of strings, shoot about 100 arrows a week.  I practice constantly.  I feel owe it to the animal that I am trying to kill to ensure that my equipment and I are functioning perfect.  


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Posted 05/03/17 - 08:28 PM

Just curious why do you think 3 years maybe the limit? Does something change in the way your bow shoots after 2?


Aside from the condition of the string deteriorating a little? Yeah. Your downrange groups will open up a couple inches. Might not be noticeable much at 20 or 30, maybe 1/2" or 1" which people tend to attribute to shooter error, but at 40+ it will certainly become noticeable. For me, I want the arrow to go exactly where I'm aiming.

I also spine and spin test my arrows. A shaft that is a bit out can miss an inch or even 2 at 40 yards. So an old arrow and an old string could have you missing the bullseye 4" at 40 yards. I wouldn't feel good about myself taking equipment like that out and trying to shoot an animal with it
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Posted 05/03/17 - 11:36 PM

if you shoot frequently they stretch




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