Pennsylvania Game News - July 2017 - 59
Lube the rail whenever it looks or feels
dry. It's never covered with too much
unless it's dripping off.
The unserved areas of your bowstring
will dry out if you don't coat them periodically with bowstring wax.
Servings, of course, are an extra layer
of string material wrapped around the
bowstring where the string slides across
the rail and where the string and cables
attach to the cams or limb tips.
Don't apply wax to the served areas.
It will work its way between the
serving coils, causing unwanted serving
separation. Anytime you see gaps in that
serving, replace it.
It's good idea to periodically slide your
thumb and forefinger up and down the
string. It should feel a little tacky.
That's a nicely waxed string.
If the string material feels slippery and
dry, apply some wax.
Eventually, you will see what look like
hairs standing out from the string and
cables. That's an early indication of a dry
string that needs to be waxed.
Some manufacturers recommend how
often you should replace the string and/or
cables on their crossbows.
Follow that advice.
If you don't know what your manufacturer recommends, or the company
didn't make any recommendations, take
the bow to your local dealer after a year
or two. Technicians there can look at the
strings and tell if it's time to replace them.
They aren't expensive, so don't push
the envelope to try and save a few bucks.
If the string or cables break, you're
looking at an even bigger payout - not to
mention possible injury.
There are several ways to cock a
crossbow, but the most common is using
a cocking rope.
You hook the rope's ends to the bowstring on either side of the rail, then pull
If something's wrong with your crossbow,
find out what it is or take it to a pro shop.
Use specialized rail lube on your
crossbow, as shown at left. Household
lubricants don't do the job. Follow the