Hoyt Xpert wooden bow - set up help

Towliff

New member
Hi All,

I am a good recurve archer with good technical skills and knowledge about recurve bows.

HOWEVER - I have picked up an older wooden bow and need to get this set up / tuned etc. Obviously as it is a one piece bow I am limited with what I can do. But I do need to know certain things to help.

Also, please could you let me know what type of bow it is? That would help a lot! Is it a flat bow, horsebow, traditional? Or just a stick?

Hoyt Xpert
64"
30lb

1. Brace height - what should the brace height range be for a Hoyt Xpert wooden bow?
2. Rest - There is currently a stick on leather rest similar in shape to a hoyt super rest. This needs changing. Should I put on one of those white Hoyt Super rests, or a Shibuya stick on, or just remove it all completely and shoot off the shelf?

Thanks for the help.

James
 


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Berny

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A '60s classic & amongst the first imports from the USA by UK dealers/retailers.
Came to market in US in '60 & was being offered in UK by Lillywhites from '62.
Personally I think they're great & sweet shooting bows - I have 4 & did my first clout shoot with one back 2010.
It was also one of 2 bows that kick-started my bow-collecting mania! ;-)

Even in the US info on these is scarce e.g. production dates ....there were 3 revisions (at least),
x, 2x, 3x ....I see your's is a 2x with flat shelf, so easy to do any of your rest options - personally I tend to stick leather on mine
both as rest & arrow pass, although with your shelf a vertical feather rest would good & contemporary with it's manufacture date.

Early models had laminated handles & later ones solid.

Glass colours varied over the years which may help pinpoint manufacture year,
3 of mine have custard yellow (actual, not aged varnish) back & black belly.

I posted a bunch of pics & catalogue pages here (<--Click!)



196400-Hoyt-catalogue-Lemmes-p4_1-Xpert_yellow_black_glass-Scout.jpg
but here's something for now (from Hoyt '64 catalogue).
 


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Towliff

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Cheers Berny! Thats the exact type of info I was after - with a lot more about the history which is great :)

Mine has the custard yellow front, black/dark grey back - sounds like yours. It does shoot really smoothly. Part of that is the nice light 30lb draw.

I think I will stick on one of those Hoyt super rest white plastic jobbies. Or, you mentioned putting leather on yours. Is that just a bit of leather on the bottom for the arrow to sit on, and a bit of leather on the side for the arrow to push against (instead of the wood). Sorry, I am completely alien to traditional bow set ups.

And yes, it might not be 100% wood, but the majority is, so I'm sticking with wooden bow! hahaha. Or maybe hybrid wood/composite. :D
 


Berny

Member
Cheers Berny! Thats the exact type of info I was after - with a lot more about the history which is great :)

Mine has the custard yellow front, black/dark grey back - sounds like yours. It does shoot really smoothly. Part of that is the nice light 30lb draw.

I think I will stick on one of those Hoyt super rest white plastic jobbies. Or, you mentioned putting leather on yours. Is that just a bit of leather on the bottom for the arrow to sit on, and a bit of leather on the side for the arrow to push against (instead of the wood). Sorry, I am completely alien to traditional bow set ups.

And yes, it might not be 100% wood, but the majority is, so I'm sticking with wooden bow! hahaha. Or maybe hybrid wood/composite. :D
Click my link in my first post for more info.
That looks like an original Hoyt Pro rest already on it - if it ain't broke don't fix it!
Brace height is to pivot, start at lowest.
....& yes to leather .... can you make it out in this pic?
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Del the Cat

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And yes, it might not be 100% wood, but the majority is, so I'm sticking with wooden bow! hahaha. Or maybe hybrid wood/composite. :D
The bit that generates the power isn't wood.
It's like saying I've got a rubber car 'cos the bits that put the power onto the road are rubber.
Del
 


Towliff

New member
Ahh I didn't see your link before! Thanks, that is a great load of information there :)

The rest on mine is unfortunately broken. It has a lot of vertical movement. Probably wear and tear from over the years. So I definitely need to replace it. I think I will put on a Hoyt super rest to keep the arrow height the same. If that has a lot of wiggle, I will build up a dense leather pad for it to sit on. I can see the leather you mentioned in the pic, so could do something similar.
 


English Bowman

Well-known member
One thing I'd add to this be careful what string you use on this bow, don't use a modern non stretch material, stick to Dacron B50 or similar, also don't use carbon arrows. The bow wasn't built to take the stress of a non stretch string and carbon arrows and using them will cause damage, possibly catastrophic limb failure.

As for a rest I'd use a stick on rest like the plastic Hoyt rest. The bow was designed to use one.
 


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