Let’s face it whether you’re using a compound, recurve or crossbow one of the most important components of all of them is the string. The bowstring is has many functions however the main function of the string is to draw back the limbs of the bow making it possible to shoot an arrow.
One of the most important things you have to remember is that the bowstring is constantly being put under tremendous amounts of pressure whether it’s just sitting there or whether you’re actually drawing the bow. It goes without saying then that the string after a while will eventually need replacing.
So how do you know when your string needs replacing? Here are some signs to watch for that will let you know when its time to change your string:
Sign 1: String Fray – Now I’m not talking about a few minor frayed strands here and there along the string, this is normal and can be fixed by rubbing some bow wax into the string, no I’m talking about strings that look like a bird has tried building a nest in it. This is a definite sign that strands are going to start breaking on you soon.
Sign 2: Strand breakage – This sign is pretty self explanatory however, I will say that if you have 1 or 2 strands that are broken however the rest of the string is in good condition, you will still be able to shoot as normal, however it is important that you keep an eye out for any further strand breakage. (Use your best judgment here)
Sign 3: Strand separation – This can happen as the string ages, if the bow sits for an extended period of time without being used, or is not waxed and up-kept regularly. What can happen is that the strands begin to look separated and loose and can actually become dry rotted and brittle, this can cause some major issues as the string could snap and cause injury to you as well as damage to your bow.
These are 3 of the most common signs to look out for when determining whether or not you should replace your string. Now a word of caution to you, if your bow is dry fired (fired without an arrow) more often than not you will need to replace the string however this should be determined by an authorized bow technician.
If you take care of your bowstring and maintain its durability and integrity with bow wax, proper storage, and maintenance your string can last a long time and provide you with hundreds of shots.