Q & A:
Question: What is a dry fire?
Answer: This is when you shoot a bow without an arrow nocked in position or shooting a very light arrow with a high pound bow, this could get you seriously injured and damage your bow.
Question: Do I need specific arrows for my bow or can I use any arrow?
Answer: Yes you need a specific arrow for your bow, there are many arrows to choose from but you need the correct spine (strength of the arrow) to go with your draw weight, you also need the correct draw length for your bow setup. Using a shorter arrow than you might need could result in injury.
Question: Can I adjust my bow weight?
Answer: Yes most bows can adjust, although most only adjusts 10 pounds or so, but there are bows on the market that can adjust from as little as 20 pounds or lower to 70 pounds. Just check what the manufacturer says of your bow. You adjust your weight by turning out the limb bolts but do not turn the bolts out completely as the bow can come apart and injure you.
Question: Can I adjust my draw length?
Answer: Yes most bows can adjust, although most only adjusts a certain amount. Bows can adjust from 17 inch to 32 inch depending on the bow, most bows you need to go to a pro shop to get it adjusted correctly. Some bows can adjust very easily, just loosening a few screws and you set it to what you desire. A lot of bows you need a module to shorten or lengthen the draw length. If in doubt visit your nearest bow shop.
Question: Is it okay to wax the serving material on a bowstring?
Answer: Yes, especially if a silicone wax is used because the silicone will penetrate through the serving into the fibres below which are tightly compressed so there will be help in improving durability. Also remember to wax the serving that runs on the cam wheels as well, this will stop the serving from rubbing too much when dry and then braking. Tex tite wax and exellerator string conditioner works well, the conditioner penetrates the serving and string material while the wax keeps moisture out.
Question: How many twists can be put into a bowstring?
Answer: There are three reasons for twisting a bowstring 1. To keep the bundle of strands together 2. To shorten the string after creep has occurred (adjust draw length) 3. To correct peep rotation On a standard compound bow, initially 10 “ 20 twists is a suggested range. If you use a material that does not creep, no further twisting will be required. Obviously on single cam strings, more twists may be required. The recommended range is 20 “ 40.
Question: Does twisting reduce creep?
Answer: Not really. Eventually polyethylene fibres such as Spectra and Dyneema, under high temperature and high tension, will creep. Twisting will take up the stretch (creep) that has occurred, but will not stop it continuing.
Question: Is there any difference in the durability of a string made from coloured material instead of black or white?
Question: What is the life of a bowstring?
Answer: This depends on many factors but primarily the number of shots and the condition of the equipment. If an archer is shooting a high poundage bow every day and using perhaps a calliper release, the string should be checked very frequently. (Using a D loop will increase string life.) On a lower poundage bow, shooting fingers, the wear would be significantly less, therefore the life of the string much longer. But again, it is the archer’s responsibility to check the string and keep it waxed. There are no rules. We know that with the high quality synthetic materials being used today, many thousands of shots can be achieved. We also know that once a string has stretched out or rather crept an inch or two, it should be taken off and replaced. Archers should also check for tell-tale signs of problems such as abrasion (fuzziness), high strands (which indicate a strand breakage underneath the serving), excessive peep rotation which again can be an indication that one strand may have broken. There are many reasons for string breakage. One of the most common is burrs in the cams/ wheels. It is the archer’s responsibility to check the string carefully prior to shooting every time. As stated, many thousands of shots can safely be achieved if the string is checked and maintained properly.
Question: Can you use a different string than the type supplied with the bow directly from the factory?
Answer: Normally yes unless there are some strict recommendations not to by the bow manufacturer. Check to be sure it does not void the warranty if a different string is used. Be sure to get the right number of strands of the new material you plan to use.