Storing the crossbow

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  1. rico334

    rico334 New Member

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    Should the string be removed from the limbs for off season storage of my Vortex ? Also, I know they sell a stand for one to sit on, however I don't want it to be left anywhere accessible to the dog or cat to gnaw on... :angry:

    Will it hurt anything on the bow to fashion a mount to the wall where I can hang it from the stirrup ?
     
  2. Boo

    Boo Senior Member

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    You have to remove the DB pads before removing the string. Use a twist tie to hold the string loops together so the number of twists is maintained. Store in a cool dry place. Most people hang the bow by the stirrup. I use small coat hooks.
    I don't unstring 3 of bows that I am constantly shooting and have not noticed any speed loss yet.
     
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    rico334 New Member

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    Thanks Boo - I never thought about the strings being twisted. So when you buy a new string, are they pre-twisted and the loops locked together in the package or if not, how do you know how many twists they are supposed to have before installing ?
     
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    Boo Senior Member

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    The type of string and the desired brace height will vary the number of twists. An endless loop should start with just a few twists and a Flemish should start with lots more. It;s not like a compound where a specified string should have a certain number of twists as a starting point to get you close to a ATA measurement.
     
  5. RonS

    RonS Senior Member

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    I've never unstrung my Exocet during the "off" season! I've also never noticed any decrease in velocity,either.Shoots just as fast as the day I got it!
     
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    kbarr1 Senior Member

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    My Exocet is 10 years old and the only time it is unstrung is to reserve or put a new BOO string on.My bow is set up for IBO tournaments so I shoot alot.I have never had a problem by leaving mine strung.Good luck Kenny
     
  7. See4miles

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    Not only do I not unstring the bow, I leave my rope cocker on the strings with partial tension to boot. My Exomax is two years old and although I shoot it throughout the winter, it may sit for 3 to 4 weeks at a time between exercise. The first shot is always dead nuts and I have seen zero velocity loss so far.
     
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    Same here as see 4, kept an Emax strung for 3-4 yrs w/ no loss in fps measured. Often left it cocked to break in FFF strings to boot.
     

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