How To Put The String On A Recurve Bow

Is there a top and bottom to a recurve bow string?

Most recurve bowstrings have a big loop at the top and a small loop at the bottom. But why is that and why do some bowstrings have two big loops? In this article, I am going to discuss these and more questions in more detail.

Should you leave a recurve bow strung?

The best practice is to unstring your wooden recurve bow or longbow after you’re finished shooting. Modern recurve and longbows made from synthetic materials can be left strung for up to 3 weeks, but should be unstrung for long-term storage. Compound bows can be left strung indefinitely.

How many twists should a recurve bow string have?

In general, a string with 12 to 15 twists is considered good. BCY recommends starting with a twist rate of 0.5-0.75 per inch. Hoyt recommends doing a minimum of ten twists. In the event of a running loop string, a total twist of 40 or 50 twists is not even harmful.

Can you string a recurve without a stringer?

A recurve bow can be strung without a string or by barely holding it by your hand. To string a recurve bow without a stringer, you should have at least one person to help you hold the ends of the bow while you place the front edge of the curved lower limb through the loop at the end of your fingers.

Why is not advisable to string a recurve bow using the step through method?

The push-pull or step-through method can be hazardous to yourself or your bow. A bowstringer is simply a strong cord with a loop or pocket at each end that fits over the limb tip of recurve bows and some longbows.

How long does it take to string a bow?

I have been shooting for years and it only takes me 1-2 minutes, it takes my friends anywhere from 5-10 minutes. It will often take longer if you’re stringing an unfamiliar bow or using a new stringer or string.

Which loop goes to the top of recurve bow?

Both the string and the stringer have two loops at the end; one smaller, and one bigger loop. The bigger loop on both the string and stringer always goes over the top limb of your recurve bow.

Do you need a Nocking point?

Archery is all about consistent shooting, and the nocking point is essential to consistency. The nocking point marks where you clip your arrow to the bowstring, and keeps it there as you draw and shoot. Every bowstring needs at least one nocking point.

Where should my Nocking point be?

Most traditional nocking point markers consist of brass roundels that are crimped into place on the bowstring with a pair of pliers. The best starting point to work from is to place one of these brass markers at a ¼ of an inch above your bow’s arrow rest on your bowstring.

What part of the arrow connects to the bowstring?

The nock of an arrow is made of plastic and serves as the attachment point to place an arrow on a bowstring.

How do you hold a bow string?

A proper bowstring grip is no grip at all. Place the string between the first and second joints of your index, middle and ring fingers. Experiment with the exact placement. Some archers, for example, place the string closer to the first joint.

Can I use paracord as a bowstring?

Making a Bow String. There are many ways to make a string for a traditional bow. You could simply get a piece of nylon string or 550 paracord that is a little longer than your bow, carve some grooves near the tips of your bow, and attach the string.