Best way to store your bow

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sawyer89

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I've been shooting for a few years now
I just recently got my first semi expensive bow about 550 I really like it it's really nice so now I'm going to worry about storing it as it is right now I keep strung up because I have a hard time stringing it it's fiberglass so I've been told I can let it stay as long as I shoot it which I do shoot all time my main concern is how to store it right now I just leave my bows leaning against a wall on their tips does that hurt a bow I always see people hanging they're bows up

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Mark31121

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Ironman
leaning it against a wall isn't a good plan for any bow - the pressure is in all the wrong places and there would be more on the bottom tip etc.

What type of bow is it? You might do better working out how to string it easier, try different length stringers or only use one foot on the stringer as it allows you to stand more upright.

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leaning it against a wall isn't a good plan for any bow - the pressure is in all the wrong places and there would be more on the bottom tip etc.

What type of bow is it? You might do better working out how to string it easier, try different length stringers or only use one foot on the stringer as it allows you to stand more upright.
 

mkhari

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If you are going to leave it strung, hang it off a hook.

For my barebow, I unstring it, put it in a bag and lay it flat or hang the bag off a hook.
 
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Mark31121

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Ironman
It's a white fiberglass longbow here's a picture of it


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To me it looks like a fibreglass-backed wooden bow (to be pedantic it's a flat bow rather than a longbow, in the UK in any case) so I wouldn't be happy leaving it strung myself.

Whether strung or not it needs to be stored so that there is no additional pressure on the limbs, so hanging on a hook by the grip or flat on its side would be fine.

If you can shoot it then you really should be able to string it - have a try with different types of stringers and find one to suit.
 

jonUK76

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What is the issue with stringing and unstringing it? Have you got a stringer? You can get types meant specifically for American flat bows. Much safer than using the through the legs method also.
 

JohnK

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The assertion that you shouldn't leave your bow strung always makes me grin.

I had a set of cheap Samick limbs on a Matrix riser, which I shot with occasionally when my injured right shoulder was doing well. I must have kept it strung for over a year. They didn't twist or lose any draw weight.

Same goes for my Border limbs, which are nearly always strung up on my bow. If I had an English longbow, without any modern materials in it, then I would store it unstrung.

I've never had a problem leaning them up against a wall either, but I admit that hanging them from the string is almost certainly better. Less risk of you knocking them over after all.
 

4d4m

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The assertion that you shouldn't leave your bow strung always makes me grin.

I had a set of cheap Samick limbs on a Matrix riser, which I shot with occasionally when my injured right shoulder was doing well. I must have kept it strung for over a year. They didn't twist or lose any draw weight.

Same goes for my Border limbs, which are nearly always strung up on my bow. If I had an English longbow, without any modern materials in it, then I would store it unstrung.

I've never had a problem leaning them up against a wall either, but I admit that hanging them from the string is almost certainly better. Less risk of you knocking them over after all.
I could never understand why it was deemed necessary for a recurve but not for a compound which presumably has limbs made from the same kind of modern materials, the only difference being they are much shorter and stiffer, hence more highly stressed.
 

Mark31121

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Ironman
The assertion that you shouldn't leave your bow strung always makes me grin.

I had a set of cheap Samick limbs on a Matrix riser, which I shot with occasionally when my injured right shoulder was doing well. I must have kept it strung for over a year. They didn't twist or lose any draw weight.

Same goes for my Border limbs, which are nearly always strung up on my bow. If I had an English longbow, without any modern materials in it, then I would store it unstrung.

I've never had a problem leaning them up against a wall either, but I admit that hanging them from the string is almost certainly better. Less risk of you knocking them over after all.
For a modern recurve maybe (I have seen one twist that was left strung for ages, but there may have been another reason) but a flat bow? By the looks of it only one laminate is fibreglass and the main bulk of the bow is wood, probably one piece. I don't think I'd ever risk it based on a bit of added fibreglass...
 
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