How often to change string/cables

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  1. boilerman

    boilerman Weekend Warrior

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    Just curious as to when most of you change your bowstring/cables out. I am not a big time target shooter but get the bow out a few months before bow season and after the season ends which is today I will generally put the bow away until about May. I think its time for me to change as now the strings/cables are 3.5 yrs old but have no issues with either. I am on the fence about getting another year out of them or change them before next season.
     
  2. J.H.

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    if it were me, I would go ahead and change them.
    target bows 1-2 yrs
    hunting bows 2-4 yrs
    both depending on how they're holding up.
     
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    I just monitor them and replace as needed.
     
  4. boilerman

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    Well as I am pushing 4yrs come next season I guess I should replace them. I guess I just wanted to hear it was time. Thanks for replies.
     
  5. elkguide

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    I shoot year round, not a lot but probably50 or 60 arrows a week in the winter and then 100 - 200 arrows a week the rest of the year when I can get outside. I change my threads about every 3 years unless something happens to them.
     
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    This season was the 9 th deer season for mine. I shoot about as much as you described.


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    I go no more than 2 years on a set.

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    I shoot quite a bit and change my strings every 2 years also.

    In my opinion, even with not shooting much, time to replace those strings when they are pushing 4 years old.
     
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    I replace mine every 2 years need it or not. Its a hunting set up and I shoot from April-Jan.
     
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    3 to 4 hrs is good time to change strings. Even though your not shooting a lot it's better safe than sorry the strings could be streched or dry if not waxed often
     
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    I shoot pretty much year around and can get a couple of years out of a set of strings and cables. A lot of it depends on the manufacturer, some of the bows I have owned had to have the strings changed out within a year and some bows I could get three to four years. The trick is to take care of your strings. I apply a good bow string wax to my strings and cables after every shooting session and a couple of times during the hunting season. When they begin to fray and get fuzzy is when I have them changed out.
     
  12. WV Jess

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    2-3 years is the golden rule unless the string or cables get damaged. This is not set in stone however, I have got up to 4 years out of a good string and cable set.
     
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    I change them every year, sometimes twice. I shoot a lot, but I don't think I ever wore a set out. I usually just want to switch colors or I switch bows and want new strings on it. I just don't trust used strings if I don't know the bow's history.
     
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    I usually switch bows before I wear as set out. I can't see getting at least two years off a good set of well built threads
     
  15. mikido

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    I think people change
    Them
    Way too often. In on original strings 3rd year now and I shoot a lot. Easily last another 2.
     
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    This was my 3rd year on my strings. going another year for sure. I agree that people change their stings way too often. Just another way for the manufacturers to get more money. It seems to be an industry pushing for preconceived thought that you need to change every 2 years, and that is was people in the business making strings and bows and tuners will tell you, but it's bogus.
     

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