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8 Archery Bow String FAQs


What is the best material for a bow string?
I use these guys for the comprehensive guid to bow strings. This is an excerpt of their website page on the subject, I recommend checking them out.

"Every day we get asked several times about bow string material and what is best or what should be used on a certain make/model of bow. It seems that there is an abundance of false information from ‘string gurus’ on various internet forums so we’ve decided to write a little article based on our firsthand knowledge we’ve gathered from years of building bow strings. With all the bow string materials out there it can be mind boggling trying to decide what material you want your new bow string and cable set made from.

Each bow string material is composed of various raw materials that give each one its own properties. I’m no scientist and could really care less about blended/non blended or what grade Dyneema, Vectran, Gore and so on that goes into each material. I will be referring to some of this info for comparison later on though." ...
Bow String Material Guide - 60X Custom Strings


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What size string do I need for my recurve bow?
Another great resource for determining your string size. Below is an excerpt from their website page. Go check them out.

"Figuring out the ideal string length for your recurve or longbow is easier than you might think. First, look on the bow itself. Sometimes there is writing on the bottom limb or on the side of the riser. A typical writing might read, "58"/30#". This means that you have a 58 inch bow from tip to tip and a poundage of 30 at a 28" draw length. Since the length of the bow is 58 inches you would need a 58" AMO bowstring. However, AMO measurements have actual string lengths that are  4 inches less. Therefore, your 58" AMO string is really only 54". This is important to remember as some places make you order the string based upon the actual length and not the AMO." ...
How to Determine Bow String Length on a Recurve Bow — Wilcox ...

What is bow string made of?
String materials. Traditional materials include linen, hemp, other vegetable fibers, sinew, silk, and rawhide. Almost any fiber may be used in emergency. Natural fibers would be very unusual on a modern recurve bow or compound bow, but are still effective and still used on traditional wooden or composite bows. ...
Bowstring - Wikipedia


How many strands should a bow string have?
This is an excellent website to answer this question in more detail. They also have a great selection of archery related products, check them out.

"Second choose the number of strands in the string to suit the draw weight of the bow. For Standard B50 Dacron (or Dacrogen) Strings you should generally use the following: 10 strand B50 Dacron( or 8 strands Dacrogen) for bows upto 30lbs. 12 strands B50 Dacron( or 10 strands Dacrogen)for bows upto 40lbs." ...
Bow String Guide : Quicks Archery

What is a Flemish bow string?
Great resource to answer this question, check them out.

"So, if your bow is a recurve and is marked AMO 60", a 56" bow string should fit. Flemish strings are made of several strands of string material twisted upon themselves. It is possible for the area by the string loops to appear to be fraying." ...
B-50 Flemish Twist Bow String - 3Rivers Archery

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How many twists can you put in a bow string?
Question: How many twists can be put into a bowstring? On a standard compound bow, initially .5 to .75 twists per inch is a suggested range; meaning on a 60" string, you should apply 30 to 45 twists. ...
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How long should a string be for a recurve bow?
This is the quick answer, for more detail go check them out.

"Figuring out the ideal string length for your recurve or longbow is easier than you might think. First, look on the bow itself. Sometimes there is writing on the bottom limb or on the side of the riser. A typical writing might read, "58"/30#". This means that you have a 58 inch bow from tip to tip and a poundage of 30 at a 28" draw length. Since the length of the bow is 58 inches you would need a 58" AMO bowstring. However, AMO measurements have actual string lengths that are  4 inches less. Therefore, your 58" AMO string is really only 54". This is important to remember as some places make you order the string based upon the actual length and not the AMO." ...
How to Determine Bow String Length on a Recurve Bow — Wilcox ...

Can I use chapstick on my bow string?
Erik Barber offers a helpful tip on using Chapstick as bow string wax. ... Chapstick has a lot of the same properties as bow string wax. If you notice your bow strings are getting dry, just rub the Chapstick on the strings with your fingers like you would with regular bow string wax.
Chapstick For Bow String Wax | Cabela's Deer Nation - YouTube

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