I like the build your own save money. I have four of us that shoot. And it costs a lot of money so build and save tips are great. Thanks Brad
Hutch, how would you go about "cleaning" said string?
There are a lot of ways here is one
When ordering a custom string! Put a little thought into your order.
1. Speed or not (slower by more quiet)?
If you order a string the material makes a difference. But the one thing people forget, how many strands you have in your string makes a difference.
For instance: if I ordered a string made of BCY trophy Material. This material is able to be built with 20 - 24 strands. With less strands lets say 20, I will pick up some speed from the string. Reason less strands reduces friction and less friction the string can cut the air faster.
*standard strands on any string are usually the maximum strands.
2. So ask questions before you order. I would think of what purpose I am using the bow for (hunting, target, both) and decide on the string material and the strand count.
3.Older bows, some are not designed for speed. This is because they are not as high tech. But you can get a few more feet per second out of them. If you change a few things. Like the string material and the strand count.
* also the lengths of the servings were a lot longer than needed. Remeasure and shorten them, and let your string maker know the new measurements.
Good info there, Hutch. Not many people know this. Just one thought though. Reducing the strand count from 24 to 20 will make the string smaller in diameter. To achieve proper nock fit it may be necessary to use larger diameter serving or at least serve a couple extra strands under the center serving, correct?
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Center servings: here is where a lot of archer's miss the shot. Before I started building strings I thought the center serving had to be real tight. Almost to the point if you turned the arrow the string will move with it. Wrong! The arrow nock should fit on snugly, without force. Clip on clip off gently.
*In most cases when you get a manufactured string the center serving is too tight. After a few shots say 1000. The center serving wears and a sweet spot forms so the arrow nock fits perfectly. Problem! it thins the center serving. Which in turn lets the center serving shift or premature breakage.
Fixes: a tighter center serving, a smaller diameter center serving, a different arrow nock, or a light file with an emery board
If you are having a custom string ordered remember a few things.
1. A good string builder will have a bunch of different style nocks. Let him know what style of nock you are using and he will set your center serving to that style nock.
2. Also length of center serving, it makes a difference in the length. I prefer a shorter center serving. Standard use to be 7" but it has changed over the years to 5"
Here is one of my nock tools I made.
Thanks a lot. So much great info here. I'm learning so much already!