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    String weight

    I've been looking at the weight of my bow string as part of a general tuning review. I've been advised that for a 66" bow I should be looking for a string weight of 90-105 grains. My current 14-strand FF2000 weighs in at 107gn before I add the 5gn kisser. My older 16-strand FF weighs 103gn. What I was thinking of doing is to go for a 14-strand FF string to get the wight down. FF has a breaking strain of 95lb/strand, so for a 40lb draw-weight I should be OK? Comments please.

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    I've never heard of anyone weighing strings to get a match, let alone recommending the number of strands based on the bow length.

    For FF and 40lbs you're looking at an 18 strand FF string as standard, maybe a 16 if you wanted to gain a small amount of speed. You don't want to go too low: a lady archer I knew was shooting a 12-strand string with poundage in the mid-thirties, and her bow was very loud. When she stepped up to a 16 strand all those problems went away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by little_john
    I've been looking at the weight of my bow string as part of a general tuning review. I've been advised that for a 66" bow I should be looking for a string weight of 90-105 grains. My current 14-strand FF2000 weighs in at 107gn before I add the 5gn kisser. My older 16-strand FF weighs 103gn. What I was thinking of doing is to go for a 14-strand FF string to get the wight down. FF has a breaking strain of 95lb/strand, so for a 40lb draw-weight I should be OK? Comments please.
    If you want to get the weight down try a 10 strand Premium 450
    Superb string material and less creep than Fastflite

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    Quote Originally Posted by little_john
    I've been looking at the weight of my bow string as part of a general tuning review. I've been advised that for a 66" bow I should be looking for a string weight of 90-105 grains. My current 14-strand FF2000 weighs in at 107gn before I add the 5gn kisser. My older 16-strand FF weighs 103gn. What I was thinking of doing is to go for a 14-strand FF string to get the wight down. FF has a breaking strain of 95lb/strand, so for a 40lb draw-weight I should be OK? Comments please.
    90-105 grains? With or without serving? With or without nocking points? What difference does it make, so long as the arrows tune...? A thinner string may be harder on your fingers.

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    I know little of the science of all this, but I have to say that if it comes down to the weight of the string improving my scores then lifes too short - I'll get a gun.

    This time I'm going to get it right .... or possibly not

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