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Old 04-04-2012, 12:38 AM   #1
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This may have been asked recently, but I can't remember...

What is the longest you will leave strings and cables on your bow before getting new ones?
Do they stretch over time in storage?
Does it make much of a difference how often the bow is shot or not shot?
As long as there is not visible damage, they are good, right?
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Old 04-04-2012, 06:28 AM   #2
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It really depends on how you take care of them.By that, i mean if you wax them regulary and dont leave the bow in any extreme heat. if you dont shoot the bow regulary you can probably get by by leaving them on the bow for 3 years under regular use. and it also depends on what material they are used of on how long they will last. 450 premium string material is a little thicker per strand and will hold up under the elements better than 452x cause those strands are quite a bit thinner for the added speed it gets you. hope this helps
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:48 AM   #3
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3 years at the most but 2 years is probably a safer bet if it's been shot much.

One guy at league was actually asking the same question a few weeks ago and while we were all pulling arrows a couple ends later the cable broke and he came back to see his bow laying on the ground with a broken cable. He thought back and figured it had been 3 years since he had new strings on it.
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:07 PM   #4
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Set on my hunting bow are past four and still lookin good. I usually don't change them intil they get frizzy lookin or a strand break.
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Old 04-11-2012, 02:45 PM   #5
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2 years is the norm, but I replace mine every year. With shooting all the 3D shoots I do, plus hunting season, I figure it's cheap insurance. nothing goes on my bow but Vaportrails!
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1.Two to three years pending the amount of shots I put on them.
2. Yes they can, in the heat even more so.
3. To me I believe it does matter how many shots and the care given to the string.Wax your string and cable will help the life of them.
4.That is the tricky part, most strings today have a bit of serving on them and it can get damaged under there and the eye will not be able to view that area of the string, that's my opinion. I have seen some strings let go at the center serving area where the knock pinches from wear of on and off a lot. But very low percentage I have only seen two bows blow out there and one of them was mine and the string left it's mark on my wrist


I have a set that is three years on my hunting bow and they look OK. But I have a target bow I change every two season just because I have more shots on it. For me if I have let my bow sit for more than three months or more on them I do put mine on the press and go through the timing, checking cam lean, brace height, knock set to make sure everything is still the same. For me sometimes they have moved and other times they're the same and shoot fine. I even use a white out pen with a very fine tip and mark my cams on the side parallel with the limbs so I can tell just by looking at my cam to tell if my string has stretched more than the normal. I put a small dab on the side of my peep for I have had it get bump once in a indoor match and it cost me some X's.
You need a string & cable I bet someone on here would help you out..
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Old 05-13-2012, 07:03 AM   #7
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Set on my hunting bow are past four and still lookin good. I usually don't change them intil they get frizzy lookin or a strand break.
I do the same , as I got some bows with very old ( past ten years ) strings on them , even my bowfishing bow has old strings on them !

I'ver had few strings that even needed to be replaced !
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I do the same , as I got some bows with very old ( past ten years ) strings on them , even my bowfishing bow has old strings on them !

I'ver had few strings that even needed to be replaced !
You got to use them for them to wear out?????from what I hear yours should be pristine!!!!!
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Here is what happens to strings that sit too long. Heat kills strings!
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Old 05-16-2012, 05:26 PM   #10
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Here are some facts you might not know.
When ordering a custom string! Put a little thought into your order.
1. Speed or not (slower by more quiet)?
If you order a string the material makes a difference. But the one thing people forget, how many strands you have in your string makes a difference.
For instance: if I ordered a string made of BCY trophy Material. This material is able to be built with 20 - 24 strands. With less strands lets say 20, I will pick up some speed from the string. Reason less strands reduces friction and less friction the string can cut the air faster.
*standard strands on any string are usually the maximum strands.

2. So ask questions before you order. I would think of what purpose I am using the bow for (hunting, target, both) and decide on the string material and the strand count.

3.Older bows, some are not designed for speed. This is because they are not as high tech. But you can get a few more feet per second out of them. If you change a few things. Like the string material and the strand count.
* also the lengths of the servings were a lot longer than needed. Remeasure and shorten them, and let your string maker know the new measurements.




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Old 05-16-2012, 05:28 PM   #11
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Center servings: here is where a lot of archer's miss the shot. Before I started building strings I thought the center serving had to be real tight. Almost to the point if you turned the arrow the string will move with it. Wrong! The arrow nock should fit on snugly, without force. Clip on clip off gently.
*In most cases when you get a manufactured string the center serving is too tight. After a few shots say 1000. The center serving wears and a sweet spot forms so the arrow nock fits perfectly. Problem! it thins the center serving. Which in turn lets the center serving shift or premature breakage.

Fixes: a tighter center serving, a smaller diameter center serving, a different arrow nock, or a light file with an emery board to the nock


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Old 05-16-2012, 05:31 PM   #12
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If you are having a custom string ordered remember a few things.

1. A good string builder will have a bunch of different style nocks. Let him know what style of nock you are using and he will set your center serving to that style nock.

2. Also length of center serving, it makes a difference in the length. I prefer a shorter center serving. Standard use to be 7" but it has changed over the years to 5"


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Old 05-16-2012, 06:49 PM   #13
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Hutch , want to thankyou for the information on " Strings and Cables " !

Feel free to add more and educate some of us , as I have rarely replaced mine , as I unlike some ( Westy comes to mind ) don't buy a bow every half of year or less !

I will look at my strings more , as I do wax 'em !


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