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    • makinoa99
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      I’m new to archery but I’ve had my recurve for a few years. Just haven’t used it alot. Here’s the problem. My dog chewed the string on my bow so I bought a new one and for the life of me I can’t get it on the bow. The bow is a Damon Howatt, 62″, 45# at 28″. My new string is 58″. I have a PSE stringer I use and used to string and unstring with no problem. I have watched YouTube videos to make sure I haven’t forgotten something like which loop goes on first. Any help will be appreciated.

    • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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      So, I’m sure you did this, but…. put the bigger loop over top the top limb and slide it down as low as you need to get the smaller loop over the bottom limb. Then put your stringer on and slide the upper loop up into the groves. Is the new string the same length as the old string?

      Did the bow take a swipe at the dog when the string broke? Best of luck, dwc

    • makinoa99
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      Unfortunately, my wife threw away the old string before I could measure it. I have tried all that you have described. I know the previous string was much easier to put on and take off. If I finally get this new string on, it seems it would be too tight to pull. We’ll see. Thanks.

    • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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      Depending on how wide your limbs are you might have to stretch that top loop a little the first time. It might seem too short. When I was using my recurve, it always seemed like the string was too short. That’s probably one of the reasons a stringer is recommended as not to twist the limbs and avoid injury to you or the bow. Let us know how you make out. best, dwc

    • makinoa99
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      So, do you think, if I get the string on, I should leave it for several hours to stretch a little?

    • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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      In my experience with the older style and the fast flight style, the string always stretches. It seems to me to take a few days for it to settle in. I leave my bow strung and hung from hooks from the ceiling in the cellar. Not a pretty rig, but it works. I’d keep it strung and hug up out of the way so if something gives, nobody gets whacked. Shoot it and set your brace height, mark it and keep checking it now and then. Some folks put a line, either with marker or cresting, on their arrows for an easy reference for brace height.

      best, dwc

    • makinoa99
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      That’s probably why the old one was easier to put on and take off then. It was stretched. I bought the bow from a co-worker for a hundred bucks so it was used. Seems odd to me though that he and I could use the same bow. I’m 5’9″ and he is 6’5″ with much longer arms than me.

    • TMS
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      This is just a guess, but I think your co-worker sold the bow because it was too short for him. Although he may have not pulled to full extension. In either case, I could easily be wrong.

    • makinoa99
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      Well, I finally got the string on! Many thanks to all of you for the help and suggestions. Special thanks to you Doc Nock.

    • grumpygrumpy
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      Almost too embarresed to admit that every time I string my Bear (Supermag 48, 55 @ 28/47@22) I have a devil of a time. The exterme recurve (Fred called a working recurve) makes it want to reverse on me. 😥 Dosn’t help that the stringer string streaches almost double 😡

    • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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      Grumpy,

      I hear you. I didn’t bother, but I bet if you replace the cheap nylon rope on your stringer with something made for rock climbing, you would get less stretch and more control and less grumpiness. 😉 dwc

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