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Caring For Your Bow

Written by: Merlin Archery Centre

Your bow requires minimal maintenance, but does need some care and attention to keep it in perfect order. Following these simple steps should ensure years of trouble free use.
  • We always recommend that you use a bow stringer when stringing your bow. Proper use of a bowstringer will prevent your bow’s limbs from becoming twisted. A bow stringer also provides the safest method of stringing your bow as the limb tips are away from you during the stringing and unstringing process.
  • Unstring your bow when not in use.
  • Never 'dry fire' your bow. This means shoot without an arrow. The weight of an arrow slows the string down and cushions the shock. A ‘dry fire’ can severely damage your bow
  • Store your bow in a cool, dry place and avoid prolonged exposure to excessive heat and moisture. Never leave you bow in the car on a sunny day. This could seriously damage your bow. Do not store your bow when wet. Dry first with a soft cloth. Never use heat to dry your bow.
  • Never use bow strings of a length other than specified correct for that bow. If in doubt, check with us first.
  • When assembling your limbs to the handle, do not over tighten the limb bolts. A snug fit is all that is required. Over tightening could damage your limbs.
  • Shoot only arrows specified suitable for your bow. Arrows which are too light may cause damage to your bow.
  • Change your bow string at least once a year. If you find a loose or broken strand or excessive wear on the bow string then replace immediately. Rubbing some BJORN BOW STRING WAX into the bow string occasionally will prolong the life of you string.
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