How To Use A Recurve Bow Stringer (a 4-Step Guide)

When you first get started in archery, one of the first things you’ll learn is how to string a recurve bow. We’ll look at how to string a recurve bow using this four Step Guide. This will help you to get your bow ready for action.

What’s a Bow Stringer?​

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A bow stringer is the most essential maintenance tool an archer should have. It’s a simple device for safely attaching your bowstring to your recurve bow. This mechanism allows archers to string and unstring their bows securely and easily. (1)

Failure to use a bow stringer correctly can result in a broken bow, personal harm, or a twisted bow limb that cannot properly retain a string. Bow-stringers are available in archery stores and come in a variety of styles, but they all work the same way. They assist archers in flexing their bow, making it simpler to put the string into place. But, don’t fret! If you don’t own a bow stringer, check our guide on how to string a bow without a bow stringer.

A bow-stringer is strongly recommended for most archers. A stringer is made of sturdy nylon material, is inexpensive, and will considerably increase your level of safety; if you decide not to use one, be aware that there have been numerous reports of people being injured when attempting to string a recurve without one. (2)

Step 1: Get Your Bow Ready

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Begin by locating the top loop string, which is the larger of the two. The top loop is looped around the upper limb. The bottom loop should fit into the bottom limb’s string grooves. The string and stringer each feature two loops at the end, one smaller on the bottom and one larger on the top.

The larger loop on the string and stringer is always placed over the top limb of your recurve bow. Slide the top limb of your recurve bow through the bigger loop of the stringer. Slide the limb gripper down the limb until it can no longer slide any farther.

Wrap the bottom loop of the string around the bow’s base. Check that the string is facing the right way up. The shorter of the two-finger guards should be on top.

Step 2: Attach the Stringer to the Bow

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After you’ve assembled the bow, take the string and thread it through the string end on the top limb. It will not fit in the slots on the tip. Simply pass it through. If you put it in the slit, the other end of the string will not be able to reach the lower limb.

As with the bowstring, begin by attaching the bow-stringer to the top limb. Place the “saddle” end of the bow-stringer over the limb immediately behind the string loop. The saddle end is open and flat, allowing it to lay flat against the limb.

Fit the opposite end on the lower limb once the top end has been passed. Check that the lower limb end fits correctly and that the upper limb end is passed into the limb once the string has been put.

Step 3: Stringing Your Bow

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Now that the string and stringer are attached to the bow. The stringer’s string will hang from the bow if you place it horizontally with the string facing down. With both feet about shoulder-width apart, step on the stringer as you lower the bow until it reaches the ground.

Pull the bow straight up by its handle to flex its limbs. Some people like to walk with only one foot, while others prefer to walk with both. It’s simply a matter of preference. As you put the top string loop into the limb tip’s string grooves, the bow-stringer will sustain the bow’s draw weight.

Choose whichever method you prefer, but if you’re going to step on it with both feet, don’t spread them too far apart. Keep them as close together as possible.

Step 4: Checking the Bow Properly

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Check that the ends of the string are securely fastened before loosening the bow. The loop must not only fit on the ends, but the limbs must also have a slit in the center for the string to pass through. Simply remove the stringer’s cap from the lower limb after it has completely loosened, followed by the loop from the upper limb.

Make sure the string is positioned appropriately and securely at either end of the bow.

Take a minute to look over the final product and make sure the string is correctly positioned inside the limb grooves.

Just double-check that everything is in order. Pull a few times to ensure that everything is in position. You only need to pull a couple of inches, not a full draw. Remember not to dry-fire at full draw to avoid damage.

Your shooting sessions will be a lot easier and more enjoyable after you learn how to string your bow on your own. While there are many ways to do a task, Choose the simplest and most straightforward option for you out of the methods we mentioned. And don’t forget to wax your string after! Here’s the list of the best bow string wax we’ve found in the market today.

Here’s a bonus guide for you, the recurve bow string length chart. Until our next article!

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About Andy Ryan

How To Use A Recurve Bow Stringer (a 4-Step Guide) 6Certifications: Sc. Kin. - Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology
Education: University of Denver
Lives In: Denver

My name is Andy and I am the author and creator of Archery Power, I have been in the archery industry for many years and it’s my true love and passion. I am an instructor and maintain a Certification. It all started as a kid where me and my dad used to go hunting with a crossbow, since that time I have been obsessed with the sport.