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Brand New Shooter....Rail Lube Question

I recently recieved a Wicked Ridge Invader HP. The owners manual recommends a light oil every 50 shots or so. I simply put a small amount on the track and smoothed it with my finger making a sheen anywhere the string could rub. The string sits about 1/8" above the rail so I was just curious if there is something I am missing.

First thoughts on crossbow compared to compound:

Loud
Pretty much dead on out of the box
I'm gonna need a heavier bag target.

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Re: Brand New Shooter....Rail Lube Question

I use rail lube sparingly and wipe most off it off as you did, just leaving a very light sheen.

Good choice in bows and yes, most are pretty loud compared to the typical compound.

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Re: Brand New Shooter....Rail Lube Question

Also, of all of the Wicked Ridge bows I have held and shot, the string did contact the rail. 1/8 above the rail seems odd to me?

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Re: Brand New Shooter....Rail Lube Question

I am also new to the crossbow scene , I borrowed one this year so my boys could use it in archery and extend their season, until their own bows are up to enough lbs.
They sell a rail lube that I put on this bow, I think during the shot the load on the string makes contact to the rail. It felt more like a silicone than oil.
Mine is also loud , but it's so fast they have no chance, as long as the first shot is good,
But of my boys shot bucks with it this year, both deer fell in sight, both pass thru, quartering to, couldn't find either bolt in the ground, it's so powerful.
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Re: Brand New Shooter....Rail Lube Question

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Also, of all of the Wicked Ridge bows I have held and shot, the string did contact the rail. 1/8 above the rail seems odd to me?
Agreed. I've never seen one above the rail. If you look closely at the cables where they terminate at the axle, they form a Y and each end goes to the axle. One above the cam and one below the cam. The lower Y of the cable should have a few more twists than the upper Y of the cable.

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Re: Brand New Shooter....Rail Lube Question

I went and looked at it again. I noticed this before I had shot it. Now that I have shot it, the string touches lightly. (This is in the uncocked position.) I also double checked to make sure that the bolt holding the bow to barrel was tight. It was tight.

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I went and looked at it again. I noticed this before I had shot it. Now that I have shot it, the string touches lightly. (This is in the uncocked position.) I also double checked to make sure that the bolt holding the bow to barrel was tight. It was tight.
Perfect. Light downpressure is ideal. Best of luck and thanks for posting here.

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