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freefall 09-06-2010 06:53 AM

Crossbow strings
So a while ago I bought a couple of crossbows from Sportman's Guide. Not the Jaguar, a cheaper model I haven't seen since with a pull of about 125#. Seems like it should work to me. They came with a multi-strand string that they say you should wax every few shots. Can you make a replacement string out of plastic coated 1/8 cable? I don't want to be waxing this thing all the time and/or be worrying about it breaking and taking my eye out. Any input (if sensible) will be much appreciated. Thanks guys.

IGETEVEN 09-06-2010 07:22 PM

It sounds theoretically possible, but if it did work well, why have they not just replaced or offer a crossbow draw string with a cable? Continued income for crossbow draw string replacement? :confused:

I would definitely be sporting some safety/shooting glasses, especially using a crossbow. :cool:

freefall 09-06-2010 07:30 PM

I built a crossbow in 8th grade woodshop using a kit from an outfit in Kansas that included a 60# aluminum prod and a cable string with a piece of tight piano wire spring that rolled as it contacted the stock. I've never shot it much (still have it) as it has no sights and I haven't bothered to rig any up. But that seems to work, it's what makes me wonder.

hunter Joe 09-06-2010 08:58 PM

Why on earth would you need to wax the string after a few shots? Heat is not you bows friend so don't leave it in a closed car on a hot summer day, this is hard on the string.

I'm lucky to wax the string on my bow once a month during the hunting season. I inspect the string and if it looks dry I wax it, otherwise, I don't see a reason to continually wax it. I would imagine that once a week would probably be quite enough, although, I may be wrong.

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