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    • MSARCHER
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      I AM NEW TO THE SITE AS WELL AS TRADITIONAL ARCHERY. I’VE BEEN SO OBSESSED WITH BOWHUNTING WITH A COMPOUND FOR YEARS THAT I QUIT GUN HUNTING ALL TOGETHER. I STARTED SHOOTING TRADITIONAL LAST YEAR WHEN I TRADED AN OLD RIFLE FOR A CHEKMATE HUNTER II T/D, WHICH I HAVE FALLEN IN LOVE WITH. I HAVE SHOT SO MUCH THAT MY SERVING IS WORN WHERE THE NOCK ATTACHES TO THE STRING ENOUGH THAT IT WONT HOLD THE ARROW ON VERY GOOD. I HAVE HEARD OF STRING STRETCH AND DIFFERENT TYPES LIKE FASTFLIGHT OR DACRON AND SOME OTHERS. MY QUESTION(S) IS DO I NEED TO REPLACE THE STRING OR JUST THE SERVING OR WHEN DO YOU KNOW ITS TIME TO REPLACE? AND WHAT MATERIAL TO USE? AND IS IT LIKE A COMPOUND THAT A NEW STRING INCREASES THE POUNDAGE UNTIL IT STRETCHES? SORRY FOR ALL THE QUESTIONS, BUT ROOKIES HAVE TO LEARN SOMEWHERE AND THIS IS MY NEW FOUND PASSION. ANY INFO WILL BE HELPFULL AND APPRECIATED.

    • Chris Shelton
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      I have daracon bowstring on my older bows, and fast flight on my newer ones. Just my preferance, the older ones are noisy with fast flight!? It sounds to me like you just need some new serving! I would actually need to see it to be sure, but I would say that as long as you are not breaking through any strands of the actual string then your bowstring is fine! I dont know about the poundage being bigger before the stretch? I would think not, when adjusting the brace height on trad bows I dont think it makes any nominal difference in the bow weight? I really dont know, I could be wrong about that, but if it did change I think that it would be small?? If you are planning to do the reserve yourself, I would suggest you use fast flight serving, again just my opinion, but I cant really stand that thread serving, it does what it has done to you often. I have served my fast flight strings with there braided serving after the thread serving has come off and have not replaced it since, my string is about a year and a half old. And I shoot a hour a day! So hopefully my advice will help, I would bet that others would soon follow! Best of luck
      Chris

    • lssa
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      as long as the rest of the string is ok you should be ok with just new serving.

    • Mark Turton
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      Hi msarcher

      If it were mine I would carefully remove the old serving and inspect the string below separating the strands to ensure that none are damaged.
      If these are OK clean the string just using a clean cloth, rewax it and set about reserving, check out 3rivers archery ‘how to’ on you tube. It’s really not a difficult job but it does take a bit of practice to get it just right.

      FIRST, make a note of brace height and nock position.

      Mark.

    • SteveMcD
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      Guys.. I respectfully disagree. If the serving is worn out where the nock is set on the serving. You have to assume the bowstring itself is also effected by use and wear. It is not worth the risk of having a bow explode on you and risk injury to yourself or breaking your bow. For the few dolars a string cost, buy a new string. Older bows generally are suited to dacron, because dacron is more forgiving with the bow, takes more of the energy / shock, and also dacron loops are softer on the limb nock and will not cut into the wood. Modern laminated bows with overlays, basically all will accept modern FastFlight string, however to be on the safe side for bow / nock wear and quietness, I would pad the loop ends with 7 or 8 strands of dacron anyway. I change my bow strings 2x a year, every 6 months on all my bows. I am preferential to dacron myself, and dacron will stretch about 1 to 2 inches during the first 200 – 300 shots.

      Good Luck!

      P.S. an old rifle for a Checkmate Hunter. Man you got a sweet deal!!!

    • MSARCHER
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      YEAH I AGREE THE TRADE WAS IN MY FAVOR, AND NORMALLY THATS NOT THE CASE. THANKS FOR ALL THE ADVICE, I THINK TO BE SAFE I’LL JUST GET A NEW STRING, GET THIS RESERVED, AND USE IT AS BACKUP MAYBE.

    • Mark Turton
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      Just a thought, if the nocks are overly tight on the string this may be causing the string to wear prematurely.

      Mark.

    • Hiram
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      New string!

    • Paintedsticks
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      Go to recurves.com, Chad Weaver he is in your state ans makes good strings

    • Bert
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      I’m with reserve the old one and get a new string. Just received a gorgeous D-97 4 color(red,yellow,brown &black) 8-strand with B-50 padded loops from SBD Bow Strings out of Dunlevy, PA- highly recommend them. Tho it does look like multi-colored dental floss compared with the original 14 strand dacron! Stuck a couple of string leeches at the quarter points and it’s Silent But Deadly!

    • MSARCHER
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      Paintedsticks wrote: Go to recurves.com, Chad Weaver he is in your state ans makes good strings

      EMAILED CHAD, BUT OF COURSE HE’S OUT FOR HOLIDAYS. THANKS FOR THE ADVICE.

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