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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-14-2019, 12:53 PM Thread Starter
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Bow maintenance

How many do their own bow maintenance? On my compound bows I have always replaced my own strings/cables, installed peeps, sights, knocking points, loops, checked tiller, checked for wheel/cam wobble etc.

I still shoot aluminum arrows as I have enough to last my life time and they still work. Therefore I have always bought bare shafts and installed inserts, nocks and vanes. I check for FOC, arrow/broadhead straightness and do paper to walk back testing as well as other test and adjustment to get the best groups I can get. I sharpen my own broad heads, number each of my arrows and shoot them to determine which one shoot where and then make adjustment as necessary get them all to group the same.

I weigh all my arrow component and the final completed arrow to get them as close as possible to the exact same weight.

I am surprise as to the large number of archers and hunters I know as very.....very few of them do this work themselves which surprises me as it does not take a magic wand.... just some of the right equipment and a little time. Over time it is quite a cost savings and I feel I have contributed more to my success when it does happen.

Do you do this work yourself?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-14-2019, 01:05 PM
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I starting building all my own arrows and enjoy doing that. Bow work, I've never felt like dropping the dime on a press. If I felt the cost/benefit were there I would. I don't know if bows of old were different but it seems todays bows are dang near maintenance free. Maybe I need to knock on wood, but since I bought my Elite in 2013 after the initial setup it hasn't needed touched, until this offseason I finally need to get new strings on it. I'm not a tuning perfectionist but I think I am a lot more in tune than most shooting fixed heads out to elk killing distances.
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I buy raw shafts and make my own arrows and do everything else that doesn't require a press.I used to have a press and did everything myself until the parallel limb bows came out.I just never sprung for a new press.My buddy has a new press and a draw board so I just take it over to his house now.
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One day I hope to be that dedicated. At this point, if I have deadly groups I'm not concerned and if I need work I go to Lancaster Archery. They do good work fast and I've never been charged for anything other than the item purchased. I don't know any bow techs well enough that I would feel comfortable asking for help and don't trust myself working on my most prized possession - so I leave it to the pros. I haven't missed a deer since my first year in the woods (without a rangefinder) and haven't yet crippled one, so no need to count grams just yet.
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I have all the tools and an indoor range in my basement. I set up a lot of bows and make arrows for friends and family. I like to tinker with my bows and super tune them especially my bow I use for indoors. Most bows don't have to be perfectly tuned to shoot well and I would say most hunters are happy with the groups they shoot. I think the main thing to look at to see if your bow needs tuned for optimal performance on a binary cam is to check your factory specs especially your axle to axle length. As your strings and cables wear your axle to axle will increase and your brace height will decrease and you will notice the let off and valley will not feel the same as it did when it was new and may even feel like if you let up a little the bow wants to take off. You really need a press and draw board to get it back to specs, and its just a matter of twisting your cables and string until you achieve the correct ATA, brace height, correct poundage with limbs bottomed out and cams in time.

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I have done a lot of my own work for 30 years. I love working a experimenting with my own setups. Now I have a past paralell Hoyt and need to purchase a good bow press now that my bowmaster bowpress won’t work on these models.

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I used a Master Bow Stress cable type for years until I got my last compound bow in 2005 and found I needed a different bow press. I purchased a ratchet-Loc portable type bow press partially because I can take it along when I travel to hunt a few states over a period of time.

I made that decision because several years ago I accidentally cut a few strands on my string as I awkwardly attempted to put an arrow with a broad head in position to knock the arrow. Dumb and it ended my hunt for a day and I was very lucky to find a shop and to be able to negotiate a quick fix.

For a few years I carried a back up bow, now I just carry an extra string and the portable press with some accessories on trips. I removed one of my sets of cable and strings while it was still in very good condition to be used as a back up.

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