Time for a New String

There’re many differences in strings for your bow. You absolutely do need to pay attention to the strings on your bow too. I can tell you from experience, watching someone’s bow blow up on them because of worn strings is VERY scary, to say the least! When you think about it, you’re at full draw, for many men anywhere around 70 pound ranges, and usually with an arrow nocked and ready. If that string snaps, all that momentum just went in uncontrollable directions, along with that arrow!
There’re signs to look for in strings to be replaced. Sometimes you will see the fuzzy, unraveling look. You can also wax your string to help prolong its use as well, and prevent or ward off this unraveling. Slapping your arm or jacket or guard will also cause your string to wear out quicker. You may notice string problems when your peep is moving for no apparent reason, meaning your string is stretching. Sometimes your broadheads or field points may change the point of impact compared to where they were once hitting, indicating the string has stretched or has a problem too. It’s hard to always compare broadheads to field points in shot placement, however, because there may be a slight variation in weight of each, even though they all say 100 grains for example. There can be just a slight increase in the weight of a 100 grain field point versus a supposed 100 grain broadhead, which can actually wind up being the broadhead weighs 112 grains, which can influence your shot placement slightly.
There’re many types and brands of strings that you can look at and decide upon yourself when replacing your strings. Two types I’m familiar with are Zebra strings, for example, and Winner’s Choice strings are another example. I do know that Winner’s Choice strings are pre-stretched, which is always a good thing. If you or your bows pro take your strings off, they can be measured and you can probably find out how much they’ve stretched over time. I’ve heard it takes anywhere from 200-500 shots, depending on the type of strings, before they stretch out. Whatever type you decide on is up to you, but make sure they are measured correctly by a professional, or someone that knows exactly what they are doing. Make it a habit to keep up with this maintenance tip on your bow and examine your strings often.

Jan 20, 2013 | Category: Blog | Comments: 1


One comment on “Time for a New String

  1. Great advice! care is key, given that we take such time, skill and patience actually hunting, the same care should be given to your weapon.
    The amount of energy stored in a bow or crossbow is astounding. The point is not to be scared of the potential of your bow but respect it. Assumptions of such have dire consequences.
    Knowledge, experience, inspection and preparation is the key to success

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