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    Keeping bow stung over long time of no use good or bad?

    What is proper etiquette on storing your bow after hunting season keeping it strung or unstrung? I have heard both ways were fine. I have kept my Bear Stag Hunter strung for the past two years. Also where is a good source of information on how to properly tune your long bow or recurve bow?
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    Re: Keeping bow stung over long time of no use good or bad?

    for STORAGE of your bow, i would unstring it.

    if you shoot it at lest once a week, i'd leave it strung.

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    Re: Keeping bow stung over long time of no use good or bad?

    Thanks gordie!
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    Re: Keeping bow stung over long time of no use good or bad?

    I only leave mine strung while I'm hunting. If its strung it's workin. Thats just my thoughts though.
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    Re: Keeping bow stung over long time of no use good or bad?

    I know guys who have bows that have never been unstrung since they were bought except for maintenance and they say they've had no problems. I've heard claims of people who say they have tested bows with a scale that were left strung a long time and saw no weight loss.

    That said, I'm with Gurn on this one. If I'm not shooting the bow, it gets unstrung. Fact is, I BELIEVE people when they say it won't hurt a bow to leave it strung but I can't bring myself to leave a bow strung because I KNOW an unstrung bow is not under stress and that's GOT to be better for it in my mind... Go figure eh?
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    Re: Keeping bow stung over long time of no use good or bad?

    It won't hurt to leave a modern glass backed bow strung, and BW recommends it.
    One note of caution: DO NOT leave it strung in the car, or any other enclosed area, for any extended period in the heat, it may delaminate (which is a result of the expoxies not the galss). And use a stringer, they are cheap insurance against twisted limbs.
    I leave mine strung for extended periods when hunting, but unstring for storage. My rack won't hold my bows strung, so they get limbered up before they get hung up.
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    Re: Keeping bow stung over long time of no use good or bad?

    I keep my Little Bighorn strung. In my opinion the risk to the bow while stringing it, even using a stringer, is greater than leaving it strung. Bow stringing has always been a scary operation for me. I never feel safe for me or the bow.
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    Re: Keeping bow stung over long time of no use good or bad?

    You can and I do leave all my modern glass laminate RECURVES strung all the time, Longbows on the other hand will lose some weight over time unless unstrung for storage. If you are going to unstring them please use a stringer. Frank

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    Re: Keeping bow stung over long time of no use good or bad?

    Heat and resting the bow on one limb is the biggest killer of strung bows. If you leave one strung, place it hanging by the string as centered as you can in a horizontal posistion.

    I always unstring a bow with a bow stringer when not in use, and I always use a bow stringer in stringing up a bow, a bow stringer is your friend if you learn to use them right!
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