How To String a Recurve Bow

A Step-by-Step Guide

If you are an archer or bowhunter, bowstringing or unstring is a fundamental skill to master. Learning how to string recurve bow safely and easily requires a bow-stringer.



Step 1: Position the String on the Bow

Attached the limbs to the riser, see the video below to see which way they go!

Put the big string loop over the top limb and slide it down. Put the small string loop in place on the lower limb. Position the string on the side of the bow with the string groove at the limb tips.

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Step 2: Put the stringer on the bow

As with the bowstring, attach the bow-stringer by starting with the top limb. Place the bow-stringer’s “saddle” end over the limb just behind the string loop. The saddle end is open and lies flat on the limb. 

Next, place the pouch end securely over the bottom limb tip. The pouch end is enclosed to securely hold the bow’s tip. Your bow is now ready to be strung.

Step 4: Bending the Bow Limbs 

Step onto the bow-stringer with both feet about shoulder-width apart. Hold the bow by its grip, keep one hand on the 'saddle' to stop it from slipping up the limb,  and pull straight up to flex its limbs. The bow-stringer supports the bow’s draw weight as you slide the top string loop into the limb tip’s string grooves.

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Step 5: Sliding the Bowstring into Position

Keeping the upward pressure on the bow handle, simultaneously slide the bowstring up towards the bow tip using your other hand. Be cautious and ensure the bowstring slides securely into the notches on the limb tips, also known as the string grooves.

Step 6: Removing the Bowstringer

Once the bowstring is in place, release the pressure on the bow handle, allowing the limbs to return to their original position. Carefully remove the bowstringer from both limbs.

Step 7: Checking the String Alignment

Double-check that the string is centered and aligned along the bow's limbs. This alignment is critical for maintaining the bow's balance and accuracy during shooting.  

Properly stringing a recurve bow using a stringer is an essential skill for any archery enthusiast. By following the step-by-step guide outlined above, you can ensure the longevity of your bow while minimizing the risk of accidents during practice or competitions. Remember, safety should always be your top priority when handling archery equipment. Happy shooting!

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