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Cross bow re-stringing

How often should a crossbow be re strung? If the string is not frayed, is it OK?

I left mine cocked for 10 weeks this fall. Any harm in that? Is that enough to have it re-strung?

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horton claims every other year..but i have one going on three years and is still in good shape depends on how it looks but i will replace mine next year for sure .

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Re: Cross bow re-stringing

You can extend the life of the string by waxing them, so they will not fray. My suggestion is the string every two years and the cables every 4 years. Make sure to keep the rail lubed and that will also increase the life of the string, just don't put to much lube on . . . I would say every 15-20 shots.

I would think leaving a xbow cocked for 10 weeks would weaken the limbs and cause un needed stress. Shoot a field tipped bolt in the ground/target to uncock it. I have personally never kept a cocked xbow sitting around.

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Re: Cross bow re-stringing

I'm on 7 years with my string, and cable. No signs of damage to either.

Many strings are damaged by even the slightest contact with a broadhead.

I've changed strings and cables; but you really need a professional to do it (factory).
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Re: Cross bow re-stringing

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How often should a crossbow be re strung? If the string is not frayed, is it OK?

I left mine cocked for 10 weeks this fall. Any harm in that? Is that enough to have it re-strung?
Most companies tell you to restring every two years. I restring mine more often because I shoot more than average. I make a tiny mark on my barrel, that way I can see how much my string has stretched.
Sometimes we get a Excalibur string that is just a tad short. We will leave it cocked overnight and the string will stretch enough that it's no longer short. Leaving a crossbow cocked for long periods of time will stretch your sting. If the string is still good you can add a few twists to it to bring it back to proper specs. The same applies to buss cables.

One way to tell if they are stretching- look closely at your cams. Are they in the exact same position? If not your cables or string has stretched.

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Re: Cross bow re-stringing

One of the real advantages of the Excalibur. easy to let down string coming out of the field. No need to shoot a field tip, just use the cocking rope in reverse. Stringing and removing string is a simple process also. I really like the simple approach and it is still 320+ fps.

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Re: Cross bow re-stringing

My string and cables look OK, but I would like a new serving for 2011. Is that a DIY replacement or does that need a shop visit? Parker Tornado.




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My string and cables look OK, but I would like a new serving for 2011. Is that a DIY replacement or does that need a shop visit? Parker Tornado.
It's a shop visit for the Tornado. Buss cables will probably need to be checked also. I'm working on getting a portable press. I might be able to meet in Elk county for the tune up.

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Shoot a field tipped bolt in the ground/target to uncock it. I have personally never kept a cocked xbow sitting around.
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Get one of these. I throw it in the back of the truck and shoot a field tip into it when I'm out of the woods. Cost is $20. I shot a field tip into the ground once. Under the loam was a rock. Result was one shattered arrow.

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