It is likely you occasionally need to take your bow to an archery shop for routine bow maintenance in Central Point, OR. However, there are also measures you can take at home or in the field to help your bow keep its current good condition and function well when you are target shooting or hunting. Between those professional maintenance appointments, here is how to keep your bow in the best working order possible:
- Remember your string wax: Bow strings can become dry, especially in winter. Apply a light coat of wax on your cables and string at least once a week if you are shooting frequently. If you are shooting less frequently, pay attention to the texture of your string and cables, and administer the wax if they start to feel dry. Only use soft wax and do not rub it in vigorously enough to generate heat. That can cause the string to stretch and lose strength, making it necessary to replace it sooner.
- Draw your bow appropriately: Never dry fire your bow! Without an arrow on your string, all that energy goes straight into the limbs and bow structure. If you mis-nock and accidentally dry fire, inspect the bow thoroughly for damage. Also, never draw the bow past its designated draw setting. That places stress on the cables and leaves them vulnerable to breaking, which can also cause injury to you.
- Lubricate axles: Approximately every 1,000 to 2,000 shots, add lubricant to your axles. The product you use for this should be made of Teflon or another silicone-based material. Never use WD-40, as it can harm the axles and attract dirt, which will limit the bow’s performance.
- Learn a center shot calibration: Your archery shop will also do this task, but there are times you may have to make a quick adjustment in the field. This task involves moving the arrow rest so your arrow lines up with the power path of the string. If it is off, adjust your arrow rest in the direction you need for good alignment. Release shooters need the arrow to be directly in the power path, while finger shooters must line up the tip slightly outside that path.
- Inspect string and cables: Your string and cables will wear out the quickest. While waxing them, also check their condition. When they start appearing worn, have them replaced. Most manufacturers recommend replacing them every year. If they are not worn, but you find the power decreased, the string is likely stretched out, and replacing it will help return your bow to peak performance.
- Store your bow in its box: Bows should be in their box during transport, of course, but you should make a habit of keeping them properly stored in general, as that practice also keeps them safe and clean. Many maintenance issues arise from poor storage, and this shortcoming is thoroughly preventable. When you buy a bow, consider getting a good case for it at the same time.
Southern Oregon Archery, LLC is available for bow maintenance in Central Point, OR, as well as sales and repairs. Visit us today if you require assistance with your bow.