As a custom bow string manufacturer and distributor for bow string material we are always getting asked about crossbow strings.We have decided to put together a little FAQ with some general crossbow string info that should help answer a lot of the common questions we get asked.
Q: How to make a crossbow string?
A: The best advice is to do a quick internet search.There are many great videos on how to properly make a crossbow string.While it is not a super tough process, building a crossbow string does require the purchase of some specialty tools and bow string materials.
Q:How long does a crossbow string last?
A: There is no set amount of time for a crossbow string.Many factors contribute to the life of your crossbow string.The care and maintenance of your crossbow string is a large factor on how long it will last.A good rule of thumb is to change your crossbow string every 2 years but most seem to go 4-5 years.
Q:How many shots will a crossbow string last?
A: Again there is not set number of shots a crossbow string will last due to many variables.I have seen some cheap strings only last 50 shots and seen other custom strings last over 1000 shots.The important thing is to check your crossbow string regularly and replace if you start to see wear.
Q:What kind of maintenance does a crossbow string require?
A: It’s important to wax your crossbow string on a regular basis.You should wax your crossbow string and lube the rail every 50 shots to keep the fibers lubricated and protected.
Q:How to replace crossbow string?
A: Once again it’s best to search the internet for a video.Depending on the style of your crossbow you will need a bow press or stringer to replace your crossbow string.Replacing a crossbow string isn’t super tough but can be dangerous to you and your crossbow without the proper tools or knowledge.
Q:How do you measure a crossbow string?
A: The correct way to measure a crossbow string is at 100lbs of tension, on ¼” posts after 20 seconds from outside of post to outside of post.This is the industry standard for measuring any bow string.This will generally yield a length that is a little longer then the static measurement.