Discussion in 'Excalibur Crossbows' started by spanishfly, Oct 31, 2008.
What material is better for serving Halo or Angel Majesty and what diameter.
Boo will know as he builds strings for Excals
Angel Majesty and Halo both are durable serving materials but both have different characteristics. Both have pluses and both have minuses. What are you looking for in a serving?
I am looking for a serving that last a while with no separation.
.026" Angel Majesty should work well for you. I use .030 Halo exclusively but it probably won't work for you. If you can master Halo then I believe you have a superior serving. What serving too do you have?
How do you master Halo.
Halo is a great product but I have found that Brownell's Crown serving is better especially on recurve models. I had a Horton legacy that I had over 800 shoots before it needed to replace and over 1600 on my Horton Hunter 175. I have reserved my Parker Safari 150 once since last year and have even more shoots on it. Recurve models will need more attention than compounds due to holding weight
"How do you master Halo."
Boo's a professional string maker, so if he told ya...he'd have to kill you! Actually, he gets it on tight, very tight.
I had to throw away
my old aluminum serving jigs because I was winding the center servings so tight they collapsed
Tom, you are heading in the right direction when you crank the Cavalier the way you need to. But there's more to know.
"learnin" I'm also doing some "stuff" with the relatively heavy draw weight SCM Twinbow II .......sorry, I forgot this is an Excal thread
Here's a neat trick Tom. When you make a new string the threads are full of wax. That wax prevents you from laying down the serving tight enough to prevent separation. Two ways of dealing with that. One way is to serve it as tight as you can without back serving and cutting your serving material. Then remove the serving and serve it again but this time for good. Another way works if you can stretch the string with enough tension that exceeds what the bow puts on the string. All you do is rub the string with your hand and get it hot enough for the wax to melt and then soak it up with a rag, then serve the string. Of course all this is for a new string and not necessary for a reserve.
I go through quite a few Cavalier Pro serving tools because the cross pins break. I've bought the Spigarelli serving too and it works well and I do not see anything breaking yet. I did swap the tension knob for a wing nut and I think I see some modifications in the future.
Using smaller diameter serving is a good crutch(for lack of better words) for those who cannot serve as well as I do so it's not a bad option. The smaller diameter serving digs in deeper and allows the latches to sit on top of more than one serving wrap at a time. Servings materials that do not lay flat do better in this respect.
Just wondering, what do you charge for a new string?
I have an older Excal Excocet. I am constantly fighting with the serving. I cannot get them to last. Having a string that will last more than a few shots without re-adjusting the serving would be nice..... Even still, even without separation, my servings in the past seem to have worn out faster than I thought would be reasonable. Certainly not 800 shots on a string.
Now that I think about it.... perhaps I twisted the string in the wrong direction when putting the new string on the bow... (never thought about twist direction before......) which would worsen a loose serving. Will have to check that....
Anyway, how much for a quality string?
Speaking of the TwinBow II, are you still planning on a report on your findings or did I miss it somewhere? Thanks!
I use clear halo.
upon reading this thread, I purchased some angel majestic .026 and re-served the string on my equinox. I got to say that i'm impressed so far. my original servings were only going 50-60 shots without seperating. The string that I re-served with angel majestic has more than 50 shots on it and looks like new still. Very good information here. Thanks to all for sharing.