How to use a Recurve Bow Stringer

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How to Use a Bow Stringer

A bow stringer is the perfect way to string your bow without having back problems!

After your bow is unstrung, place your bow within the stringer. Make sure to place your handle on the upper/right side of the stringer.

Secure your string to a nice tall tree. You can use a tree, any solid structure, or a stand. By attaching your string to a live tree, you won't have to worry about your string snapping if you pull with a lot of force.

Next, loop your bowstring around the loop and pull to top of bow with one hand. Hold your bow with the other hand.

Pull on the string from the upper handle of your bow and it should go over the upper limb of the bow and rest on the lower limb of your bow.

With the upper limb in your hand still, pull on the string and move the string downward until the lower limb is in position.

Still holding the upper limb in your hand, maintain tension on the string, and put your bow into the bow stringer. The bow should be strung!

Still Hold The Upper Limb In Your Hand!

Remove both hands from the bow. You will notice that unlike what you are used to, the lower limb is still not hanging by its own weight.

How to String a Bow Without a Bow Stringer

Some bow stringers do not work well with recurve bows. However, there are other ways to string bows without a bow stringer. When you are learning how to string a bow, you need to know that what works in one situation may not work in another.

Bow stringers usually work well with traditional bows. However, recurve bows have a cambered belly and the stringers don't fit the curve. Consider going to an archery school and asking an instructor if he has a stringer that works for recurves.

If you are unable to find a bow stringer that works with a recurve bow, you might try using an extension arrow rest or a bow press. Attach the bowstring to the arrow rest with a bow string loop and slide the long end of the bow string into the press. Check the instructions for both items.

If you have a friend who has a recurve bow, you can try to string your bow using their bow stringer.

The last resort is using an Internet search engine to try to find what you are looking for. Inexperienced bow stringers may not have the proper equipment to string a bow, but you will need to find something that can help.

You might also be able to find instructions on how to magnetically place the bow string on your bow.

Recurve bows are manufactured with string grooves and string nocks.

Step Through Method

Begin by placing the lower yoke on the bow string.

Next, position it over the center of the bow and slide it down.

Place the center yoke on the string. Center it in the center of the lower yoke and then slide it down.

Position yourself directly behind the bow. Reach between the bow limbs and grasp the string.

Attach the string ferrules to the string ends. Then stretch the bow string and attach the string ferrules on the recurve bow.

Finally, attach the upper yoke to the string and tighten.

Push Pull Method

This method is used when the two limbs of the bow string are twisted together completely. The string is threaded through the holes located close to the grip on the limbs.

The string is then threaded through the loop at the end of the string and back up through the holes a second time.

It is then threaded through the string loop a third time. This loop will be used to create the tension on the string, and this step allows for the string to be pulled back and forth.

Hold the string loop with the thumb and middle finger, and the string is pulled back with the index or ring finger.

This method is also known as the push pull method.

What Makes a Good Bow Stringer?

When it comes to stringing a bow, there are two main ways to do so. One is to use the string itself and the other is to string the bow using a bow stringer.

Knowing which string design you have and what places you can use your stringer will help you tremendously in learning how to string any bow.

By far the most useful bow stringer to most people is the Velcro string-a-long. It’s convenient, easy to use, and does not require a lot of specialized tools to add or remove it from the string.

Due to its versatility, we recommend the string-a-long to most people.

If your bow is of the traditional design, the simple loop is where you will begin. It is the simplest design of the two and can be strung entirely with any of the three methods taught to you here.

It should be brought up that if you plan on shooting in a tournament, you will also need to be able to unstring your bow quickly. It is recommended that you use a normal string than can be removed in less than 30 seconds, if you plan to participate in such events.

Our Top Stringer Picks

{1}. Tomahawk Gear Bow Stringer 2-pack – The Tomahawk Gear Bow Stringer is a 3D-printed bow stringer that is easy to clamp, secure your bow and is built to last.
{2}. Bowstringer I-Wrap – More of a minimalist design, the Bowstringer I-Wrap is easy to hold and clamp with no tools needed.
{3}. BowJax Bow Stringer – Designed with a quick lock system and with a variety of models that fit compound bows and longbows, the BowJax Bow Stringer is a great option.
{4}. Bow Stringer with Stringer Flip – Last but not least, the Bow Stringer with Stringer Flip is an innovative design that makes bow stringing quick and easy.

SAS Archery Recurve Bow Stringer

Selway Limbsaver

Made from Limbsaver’s proprietary NAVCOM technology (Noise and Vibration Control Material), the Limbsaver Forearm Guard is built for protection, comfort and long-lasting performance.

The clinically fat-testing NAVCOM material offers 40% times more vibration absorption than high-density foams and pad materials. NAVCOM provides a soft and comfortable barrier between the shooter’s forearm and the bowstring, and its elasticity ensures a snug, no-slip fit.

The Limbsaver Forearm Guard includes non-slip Thermoplastic Rubber bands for easy, secure placement and removable shock-absorbing pads for maximum comfort, all designed to fit both right- and left-handed archers.

The Limbsaver Forearm Guard is simple to use and makes it easy to prevent string slap against the forearm and the associated shooting discomfort. Elastic bands on the Limbsaver Forearm Guard keep it in place on the bow arm and removable/adjustable shock-absorber pads provide a snug fit and extra protection for archers with “larger-than-average” forearm and wrist diameter.

The Selway Limbsaver Forearm Guard is a great accessory to utilize to not only prevent string slap but to also absorb the vibration associated with a recurve bow.