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Waxing strings?

I bought my first crossbow last year, shot it a couple times to get it sighted in and only had the opportunity to shoot a doe with it. How often should I wax the string/strings? I don't want an injury.

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Re: Waxing strings?

I wax the string and cables well after the season comes to a close. After spending some range time before the hunt, I wax again and take a few confidence shots after waxing to get things all settled in. If the weather has been tough, or I have been on alot of hunts, I may wax two to three more times throughout the season.

I hunt alot though with the crossbow. Spring turkey, early doe in the SRA, all of archery and even in rifle season.

One tip is to wax the string and cables as you normally would, then cock the bow and wax the cables around the cable slide and around the cams. With the bow cocked, you can wax these critical areas better.

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Re: Waxing strings?

thanks dpms, definitely helped me out here.
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Re: Waxing strings?

As a disclaimer, <span style="font-weight: bold">waxing the bow with it cocked brings to light some safety concerns.</span> I am fully aware of it when waxing. Make sure your safety is on and fingers clear of the path of the string.

The cable area around the slide can be waxed from the bottom. The cams areas are a bit more touchy. Just be careful if you choose to do it with the bow cocked.

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Re: Waxing strings?

I will generally wax and clean the string every 20-50 shots. Your stirng will last much longer when waxed and cleaned regularly.

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Re: Waxing strings?

how do you "clean the string"? i am a newbie to cross bows
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Re: Waxing strings?

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how do you "clean the string"? i am a newbie to cross bows
Just run a damp cloth over the string and cables to remove any fuzzies, grit etc.

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Re: Waxing strings?

ok , thanks.. cant wait to get in the woods and try it out, everyone tells me its not bow hunting if you use a cross bow though..
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ok , thanks.. cant wait to get in the woods and try it out, everyone tells me its not bow hunting if you use a cross bow though..
why isnt it bowhunting? it's a little easier to squeeze a trigger then hold a bow back and tap a release of course but its still bow hunting
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Re: Waxing strings?

the way i look at it is im not very good with a compound , so why risk wounding a deer for my entertainment, i mean it can still happen with a crossbow, but i think im more comfortable using a crossbow
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