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How often do you change your bow string?


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#21 Male ONLINE   Lunatic

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Posted 05/04/17 - 08:33 AM

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

 

 

I don't see any changes in my vertical in 6 years. You get your bow at the same place I do and I know they mark all bows with white paint so that you can see if something stretched/moved. My marks are in the same place kissing the string like they did 6 years ago when Ray put them on.  

Now the crossbow is much easier to detect if something is wrong because you sight it in from a complete rest, eliminating shooter's errors. It basically should hit where you aim. 3 years and once I sight one distance all other are still dead on.



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Posted 05/04/17 - 08:48 AM

I don't see any changes in my vertical in 6 years. You get your bow at the same place I do and I know they mark all bows with white paint so that you can see if something stretched/moved. My marks are in the same place kissing the string like they did 6 years ago when Ray put them on.  
Now the crossbow is much easier to detect if something is wrong because you sight it in from a complete rest, eliminating shooter's errors. It basically should hit where you aim. 3 years and once I sight one distance all other are still dead on.


I think that ultimately it depends on how much you shoot. I take care of my bow and string and wax it probably every other time or every third time I shoot. I shoot a lot thought. Been shooting 3x a week for the past month or so. That will gradually increase to nearly every day once it gets a little nicer out. I'll do that until about september or so when the season starts. Then i try to hunt as much as possible, but still fling a few a couple times a week, weather permitting.

I think I could go 3 years, but I feel more comfortable doing 2. I know they mark everything off, and you can see slight movement after some time.

Like I said though, it just depends on how much you shoot.

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Posted 05/04/17 - 09:01 AM

I think that ultimately it depends on how much you shoot. I take care of my bow and string and wax it probably every other time or every third time I shoot. I shoot a lot thought. Been shooting 3x a week for the past month or so. That will gradually increase to nearly every day once it gets a little nicer out. I'll do that until about september or so when the season starts. Then i try to hunt as much as possible, but still fling a few a couple times a week, weather permitting.

I think I could go 3 years, but I feel more comfortable doing 2. I know they mark everything off, and you can see slight movement after some time.

Like I said though, it just depends on how much you shoot.

 

 

I think you are right, I don't shoot nearly as much as you do.



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Posted 05/04/17 - 10:21 AM

I have an old PSE that I used for years, thousands of shots, I mean easily 10k plus on the same string. I never realized a difference, not a drastic one at least. My new bow is only a couple years old but definitely has several thousand shots on it, seems fine right now but I may change it this season to avoid any mid-season issues.



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Posted 05/04/17 - 10:29 AM

I have an old PSE that I used for years, thousands of shots, I mean easily 10k plus on the same string. I never realized a difference, not a drastic one at least. My new bow is only a couple years old but definitely has several thousand shots on it, seems fine right now but I may change it this season to avoid any mid-season issues.

 

 

That's the biggest reason to do it. However; having both vertical and crossbow I have a back up if one takes a chit on me so it is not a problem.



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Posted 05/04/17 - 11:02 AM

I shoot an old 1980' Golden Eagle, depending on how much I shoot I might change them every 3-4 years.  Once they start to look frayed I change them out.



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Posted 05/12/17 - 04:05 AM

Every other year unless I see a reason to do it earlier

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Posted 06/20/17 - 02:54 PM

Even though I take pretty good care of my gear, I usually replace my bowstring and cables every 3 years.

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Posted 06/20/17 - 03:17 PM

I'd rather replace the bow than replace a compound bow string
Totally unnecessary with today's modern material for

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Posted 06/20/17 - 04:17 PM

I'd rather replace the bow than replace a compound bow string
Totally unnecessary with today's modern material for


You need to shoot more. Some guys replace string and cables more than once a year because despite the advances in string material, they will all stretch and wear based on usage. If you aren't seeing stretch and wear ever, you aren't shooting enough

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Posted 06/20/17 - 04:29 PM

Has anybody taken a crossbow to simon-peter for strings and cables?  Mine are getting pretty worn after 3 years. I don't want to risk having a thread pop in the middle of the rut.  I'm wondering what it would cost to replace both, and if they do a good job.



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Posted 06/20/17 - 04:34 PM

I'd rather replace the bow than replace a compound bow string
 

 

Recurve crossbows FTW.

 

Do string changes yourself in approximately 1 minute and 30 seconds.  DIY free.


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Posted 06/20/17 - 05:15 PM

when I notice wear and tear, then it's off for Rob's custom string at Targeteers



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Posted 06/20/17 - 07:02 PM

I'd rather replace the bow than replace a compound bow string
Totally unnecessary with today's modern material for

Thats just because when you took it to the MD at the  Xpert shop and had it redone last time it wasnt right lol

 

But as luck would have it , you knew a specialist   :shock:   


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Posted 06/20/17 - 07:05 PM

Depends on each different bow.

I have some that just seem to abuse a set of strings and cables . and others that can be shot for years without anything more than a serving redone.

My best  3D target bow has only been done twice in 12 years.

and it drives tacks.

 

Over waxing strings and cables is just as bad as not waxing them at all.

Excess wax attracts dirt.

dirt causes heat and friction.  That is what does a set of strings and cables in the fastest

 


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Posted 06/25/17 - 08:23 PM

It depends how much you shoot and if you maintain it. Keep the string waxed as needed, loops too. Don't wax the serving.

Edited by Buzzard II, 06/25/17 - 08:25 PM.





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