How Long Can You Keep Your Recurve Bow Strung

Is it OK to store a recurve bow with the string on?

The best way to hang a recurve bow safely is to use a dedicated bow rack. Always store the bow laterally, making sure not to hang it by the string. Instead, always hang the bow by the body – the part you grip with your hand when shooting.

How often should you restring a recurve bow?

Properly maintained bowstrings can last about three years, but should then be replaced. The bowstring should also be replaced if it has frays or a broken strand. If you’re unsure whether to replace your bowstring, visit an archery store for assistance.

How long is a recurve bow string good for?

A Recurve bowstring should be replaced every 2-3 years under normal use. The string should be replaced sooner if it becomes frayed, worn, or otherwise damaged. Modern synthetic materials are very durable but stretch and wear out over time.

Should you take string off recurve bow?

Most of the time you’ll want to unstring your recurve for any maintenance and when you are cleaning the bow. It’s just easier, safer, and a good practice to get into. The exception here would be if you’re waxing the string, as that’s much easier to do with the bow strung.

Do I have to Unstring my recurve bow?

In the simplest terms, if you shoot regularly enough you shouldn’t have to unstring your Recurve bow at all. The bow itself was designed to be strung and to hold plenty of tension, so leaving it strung should not be a problem unless the bow itself is weak or faulty in some way.

How much does it cost to get a bow restrung?

It typically costs between $50-$300 to get a compound bow restrung, on average. A bowstring will generally cost between $50-$200, whereas the tools required to do the restring yourself will cost a further $50-$100. The labor to get your bow professionally restrung can be as low as $20.

How do I know if my bow is out of time?

Getting new arrows or an arrow rest, or changing your draw weight and length, can also affect a bow’s performance. “An archer can tell their bow might be out of tune when arrows start flying differently or erratically, or the bow suddenly has more vibration and noise,” Bennett said.

How often do you wax a bowstring?

A properly-waxed bowstring has a smooth, slightly tacky feel. If the string feels dry, or starts to exhibit discoloration or fuzz out, it’s time to wax it again. Most top archers wax their strings every two to three weeks, plus before competition if the forecast is for rain.

What is the best string for a recurve bow?

Most recurve archers use DynaFLIGHT 97, BCY 8125, or BCY-X – basically a durable string with very few fibers for increased arrow speed.

How many shots does a bow string last?

With proper care, a bowstring should last at least 2,000 shots, and even 3,000 shots doesn’t automatically mean a string will be severely worn. Keep in mind it’s likely some of your customers won’t shoot that many times in a decade.

How often should you get your bow tuned?

Generally, I tune up before tournament season and periodically check to make sure my specs are good. Usually what I do is periodically shoot a bareshaft at 20-40 yards (depends on what bow) to check.

Can you store a bow standing up?

What is this? Compound bows should always be stored with the string attached. Unlike wooden longbows or recurve bows, which need their bowstrings removed to avoid constant stress, compound bows are designed to stand up to the rigors of being strung all the time.