When to Consider a Compound Bow String Replacement

When to Consider a Compound Bow String Replacement

Posted by Brad Patsy on Jan 5th 2018

Needing a compound bow string replacement will depend on how often you shoot, your shooting environment, as well as how the bow is stored and maintained. These factors will all play a big part in how long your bow string and cables will last. This article will help you understand when it’s time to replace compound bow string and cables.

As a bow string manufacturer, the two most-asked questions we get are: “how often do my bow string and cables need to be replaced?” and “how do I know when it’s time for a compound bow string replacement?” In general we (as well as most bow companies) recommend that you change your bow string and cables once a year on target bows and every two years on hunting bows. The main difference here is that target bows will usually see more shooting than a comparable hunting bow. A lot of target bows will also be shooting lighter target arrows that exert more force on the bowstring and cables compared to a heavier hunting arrow.

Usage Factors

With all of this said, there are several variables that will affect the lifespan of your bow string and cables, altering the intervals for a compound bow string replacement. How often you shoot, your shooting environment, plus how the bow is stored and maintained, will all play a big part in how long your bow string and cables will last. One thing to remember is that every day your bow string and cables are under extreme tension- even if no shots are being fired. Over time, this constant tension will break down the bow string material causing it to stretch, fray and wear out.

Every year we hear the same stories from our customers. “My bow string is only 5 years old and I haven’t shot it much but when I opened my bow case this season it was broke.” I like to compare replacing compound bow string and cables to changing the oil in your car. You change your oil every 3,000 miles in order to keep your car running better and lasting longer. Since you’ve invested hundreds if not over a thousand dollars in your bow setup, why not spend $75 on a compound bow string replacement every couple of years to keep it at top performance and lasting longer?

Stay Tuned for More

Next week I will cover in depth the warning signs that’ll let you know when it’s time to replace compound bow string and cables. Stay tuned for future archery articles that can help you understand exactly how to unlock the full potential of your bows. Feel free to ask any questions regarding strings for different bow brands, cable sets or accessories. At 60X Custom Strings, our experienced staff is always available to help you step up your performance. Restringing your bows on time is just one piece of the puzzle.