How To String a Recurve Bow

You can string your bow with the proper equipment.To avoid whacking yourself with a bow limb under stress, attention and caution is still needed.If your bow is new, tuning will help, but you can start shooting as soon as you strung the bow.

Step 1: Purchase a bow accessory.

It is necessary to string your recurve bow with this cheap tool.Choose a bow that is intended for your bow’s length and draw weight.The ends of the stringer should fit over the bow’s limb tips.The “pocket and saddle” design for recurve bows is recommended by some sources.Both types are covered in this guide.

Step 2: The bow tips should be put over the string.

Put the string on the correct side of the bow by moving the loop over the upper limb.Double-checking that the smaller loop fits in the notch on the lower limb.The string should have plenty of slack since the bow is in a relaxed position.The handle has a lower limb on it.The lower limb is where the bow’s draw weight is usually marked.

Step 3: The pocket should be over the lower limb tip.

The larger pocket fits over the lower limb.Keeping the small string loop secure should be covered by this.Wrap a rubber band around the loop string if it doesn’t feel secure.

Step 4: Place the small pocket or saddle on the upper limb.

The small pocket should be over the upper limb tip.If you have a saddle on one end, slide it over the top limb and behind the string loop.The saddle should be positioned behind the string loop.Some saddles can be secured against the bow, while others require you to hold it in place.The dimpled surface should press against the limb.

Step 5: The bow should be held vertically.

Use your non-dominant hand to hold the bow grip.To hold the loose string loop in place, hold it horizontally so your dominant hand is near the upper limb.The bow should be positioned so that its limb tips point upward.

Step 6: Take a step on the bow.

The bow should be lowered until the string touches the ground.Step on it with both feet.Use the balls of your feet, not the arches.One hand should be used to keep the saddle in place.You can use one foot, but planting both feet gives you more stability.It’s helpful for children and adults.

Step 7: Draw on the bow.

Take up the slack in the bow and make sure you have a secure grip.The bow limbs should be bent back toward the ground.Before you start this motion, read the next step.

Step 8: The large loop needs to be slid onto the notch.

At the same time you pull up the bow, slide the loose loop string up until it fits into the notch.The stringer may be too long if you have trouble with it.Tie knots near the bottom pouch to shorten it.

Step 9: The string should be secure.

To make sure the string loop is secure, run your finger over it.If the string starts to slip off, keep your finger over it for the rest of the process.

Step 10: The bow should be lowered slowly.

Slowly lower the bow.If you rush this step, a loose string could slip off and hit you in the face.

Step 11: The string should be checked.

Turn the bow so it doesn’t face you.Once again, double check the string loops.Stand on the stringer and repeat the process if they aren’t secure.If the loose string snaps off, turn your head away from it.If you point the limbs at a person, they could be injured.

Step 12: The bow should be removed.

Remove the rubber band from the earlier step.Before you shoot, adjust your bow according to the instructions below.Attach the bow stringer the same way you did before.Step on the stringer and draw the bow up, then slide the upper loop string off the notch and onto the limb.The bow needs to be slowly relaxed.

Step 13: The nocking point height should be adjusted.

Imagine a line running from the top of your arrow to your bow string at a 90o angle.The arrows are perfectly horizontal if you position your nocking point above the line.

Step 14: Shoot with a new string.

If you have a brand new bow or string, it will stretch out a little.It will adjust to its final stretch over the course of your first two or three shooting sessions.You can leave the bow strung overnight to help it settle.Don’t spend a lot of time adjusting the brace height until the string is adjusted.Flemish twist strings are longer than loop strings.

Step 15: The brace height should be tested.

The distance between the handle of the bow and the string is known as the brace height.Shoot a few arrows to see how your bow feels.The lower the brace height, the louder the noise on release.If you want to watch as you shoot, ask someone to stand on the side.From the side, it’s easier to see the noise and vibration.

Step 16: The brace height needs to be adjusted.

Don’t string the bow if you think brace height needs adjustment.To increase brace height, twist the string a few times.Raise the brace height by twisting the string a few times.Write down the number and note how the bow fires.After you find the perfect point, you’ll probably have to make a few adjustments.The brace height for most recurve bows is between 7.5 and 9.75 inches.If you have to twist more than 20 or 30 times, replace the string with a smaller one.If you’re having trouble getting your arrows to fly straight, buy a T-square to measure nocking point height and brace height more accurately.