One of the most important things I take care of when bowhunting would be the bow itself. After all, how will I be able put the best bow release to good use? Not only will I need to maintain my bow’s body, but I also have to care for its string, even having it rest ringed every once in a while to keep it tight and ready to use. But how much does it cost to restring a bow in the first place?
For those who want to know how much it would be to restring a bow in your local store, here is what you need to know (and maybe do it yourself!).
What Does Restringing a Bow Mean?
Restringing your bow means to replace your bow’s strings. It’s one of the top priorities when it comes to maintaining your bow, as it improves on its performance and shooting becomes more consistent. No matter how top-quality your bow is, you will still need to pay attention to your bow string.
It WILL require patience and skill when replacing your bow strings with something new without damaging it, so I recommend you to go to a professional first before you acquaint yourself with restringing it at home. This is to avoid breaking the bow!
How Much Does It Cost to Restring a Bow?
The cost of restringing your bow will depend on the products and labor (from the archery shop). You’ll have to look into different factors, such as:
There are various types of strings with different prices, ranging between $60 to $200 and more. Expect to pay more to have something strong and will last. For those who only use their bows occasionally, something lower than $100 will do.
Fortunately, the cost of labor is quite affordable, and it’s better to go to a local professional archery shop to have your bow restrung if you are a beginner. It would usually cost about $20 on average, through it might be a tad more expensive if you went to someone more experienced. Again, expect to pay more for better quality services.
In total, you may pay about $100 to $150 for restringing a bow on average.
How to Restring a Bow Yourself
Yes, it IS possible to resting a bow yourself. As long as you follow the correct instructions, you’ll be able to do it. Here are the steps you can follow:
Ready your bow, locating the top string loop and sliding it down. Do the same with the bottom loop to see the string’s grooves.
Add the bow stringer from the top limb and place the bow stringer’s saddle behind the string loop. Then, position the pouch of the stringer over the bottom limb’s tip. The pouch end should be enclosed to hold your bow’s tip securely.
String your bow by stepping on the bow stringer with both your feet. Hold the bow’s grip and pull it straight up, flexing the limbs. The bow stringer will support your bow’s draw weight while you’re sliding the top string loop to the limb tip’s string grooves.
Remove the bow stringer and make sure everything is attached and secured right. And you’re done!
Here is an informative video explaining how to restring a bow yourself:
Tips on Maintaining Your Bow
Now that you’re familiar with how to restring a bow (or finding services at reasonable prices), next is for you to learn how to maintain your bow and its strings correctly. Here are some tips you can follow:
- Replace your bow strings annually to ensure that your bow performs well. Look for strings compatible with your bow and at the right length.
- To keep the strings performing well and lasting longer, it needs to be lubricated using wax specifically for bowstrings. Clean the bow strings after using it and rub wax using your fingers.
- Avoid adding too much pressure to your string or bow to prevent it from cracking or incurring damage.
To ensure that your bow is well-maintained and ready to use in the field, then be sure to have to check its strings and have it restring when needed. That way, your bow’s strings will be able to stretch and remain tight while you get into position, aiming and shooting at your target just right. It isn’t costly and worth the service!
I hope that I answered your question: “How much does it cost to restring a bow?” Now that you know the price range and what to expect when restringing your bow, have your bow checked today and see if it needs a bit of an upgrade.
If you have any questions or would like to share your tips and experiences on restringing a bow, do post your comments down below. I appreciate what you have to say.