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Wondering what others do. I shoot 4-5 nights a week in my basement and/or outside and have been doing so since summer really. I was restringing the bow all the time but hear of late have been leaving it strung. Which is the proper way. Does it damage the bow leaving it strung for any length of time?? Should I be stringing and unstringing often?? Thanks!
 

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If you shoot on a consistent level 1 or 2X a week then you will risk doing more damage-limb twist- by re-stringing unnecessarily. My longbow has been strung since August.

Now if you're shooting self bows, unstring after each session.
 

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Imagine each bow reacts differently and it is a trade-off. Leave it strung and take a chance the string will eventually get cut or break and possibley delaminate the bow. String it every time and take the chance of eventually twisting a limb. If hunting for a week, I leave mine strung. For occasional shooting, I use a good stringer and unstring it carefully. I have been shooting recurves for 45 years and of those I have seen always left strung, they "seem" to lose draw weight. Most recently, a friend who never unstrings his Assenheimer had it drop 6-7 pounds in a little over two years. I also shoot an Assenheimer and the last time I checked, my draw weight was still close to the rating on the bow.
 
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