When to Restring Compound Bows

Posted by Brad Patsy on Jan 5th 2018

When to replace bow strings and cables depends on how often you shoot, your shooting environment, how the bow is stored and maintained, will all play a big part in how long your bow string and cables will last. This article will help to understand when you should replace your bow string and cables.

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

With all of this said there are several variables that will affect the life span your bow string and cables and when to replace your bow string and cable. How often you shoot, your shooting environment, 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 your 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 to last longer. Since you’ve invested hundreds if not over a thousand dollars in your bow setup why not spend $75 on a new set of bow strings every couple years to keep it at top performance and last longer?

Next week I will cover some warning signs that you know when it’s time to replace your bow string and cables.Stay tuned for future helpful archery articles.Feel free to ask any questions at 60X@60XCustomStrings.com or visit our blog at www.60XCustomStrings.comJoin our newsletter for more helpful articles.