A Complete Guideline on How to String a Crossbow

A few days ago, I saw my cousin was struggling to string his crossbow. It was his first time attempting to string. Before I noticed the matter, he tried several times but ended up hurting himself. As soon as I understood, I helped him as I knew how to string a crossbow safely and perfectly.

Basically, stringing is a challenging task unless you follow the proper way. When you understand the matter, it would be a life of ease. In this regard, we are coming with two different methods to string your crossbow correctly. In this write-up, we will explain those methods and show you the right and safe way.


How To String a Crossbow

When hunting or practicing, you might use them a couple of hundred times. That means your crossbow takes a lot of stress during that time. Therefore, it’s better to relieve the crossbow and the string until you need them next. Here come the two proven methods of changing the crossbow. They are:

  • String a crossbow Using your hand
  • String a crossbow Using a stringer machine

Wherever you look for the solution, every time, you will get two methods in different names. There are no more tactics for stringing a crossbow. For both ways, you need to have some basic skills. Let’s get to them.

String a crossbow Using your hand

So far, this is the cheapest and most popular method of stringing a crossbow. In this method, you don’t need to buy anything or invest in something. All you need is your arm power. Yes, you read that right. You must have enough strength to string perfectly. Keep in mind; you cannot string the Compound Crossbow using this method. The reason is the weight. Compound crossbows come with more weight than lower draw crossbows. More weight will require more pressure and strength.

Let’s say you have a lower draw weight crossbow. In this case, using your hand is enough. To string, the crossbow follows the instructions one after another. Don’t mess with them.

Step 1

First, you need to hook the string onto the one nock. Here you can quickly hook the string as the other side will be free. Challenge will start when you get to hook the other part. Be sure to properly set the hook onto the nock so that it won’t come out.

Step 2

After that, you need to angle the crossbow. To do so, you will require a hard surface as your crossbow will tilt towards your pressing hand. It will create space to hook onto the second nock. But to do it perfectly, you need to have a hard floor as I told you before. What if you are outside, but you need to string the crossbow. In that situation, you may try to find out the wooden surface.

Wooden or hard surfaces will help to get a proper grip. Soft or tile floors will create issues for you.

Step 3

Finally, you need to apply pressure using your foot on the bow. Here it would help if you were a little bit careful. Firstly, you will position the foot next to the barrel. And it will be on the prod.

In this final stage, you should use your comfortable foot. As you need to create pressure, a dominant foot is the easiest option. To make it easier, you can lean into the bow. It will create the optimum pressure.

However, your barefoot would be the best fit. Try to position your foot just in the middle of the prod to be evenly bent. After that, you will bend the barrel to bend it as well. You have to do these at a time. That’s why you need to balance your foot and hand while applying pressure.

If you can successfully follow the procedure, you may easily hook the string onto the other nock.

Right now, you need to check it out. Whether you perfectly place the string on both nocks. But keep in mind, you should not put pressure on the stirrup crossbow. It will wrap the crossbow even if it can wrap it. Be sure of what you are doing.

Change the string using a stringer.

Stringer is the best and safest way to string any crossbow. You don’t need to worry about the crossbow weight. In this modern era, a stringer will solve all the issues. You can use it without having any prior knowledge. Just follow these following steps. That is it. By following the steps, you will easily string any modern crossbow.

Now it’s time to learn how to string the crossbow using a stringer following these steps


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Step 1

You need to insert one side of the string onto the one nock. Make sure it firmly attaches to the nock. This is the most straightforward step.

Step 2

Now, you will use your crossbow stringer. In this step, you need to put both the ends of the stringer to the crossbow limbs. Remember, in the first step, you attach one side of the string onto the one nock.

Right now, you attach both ends of the stringer to both nocks. So, you have one free side of the crossbow string. Do you get it confused?

Don’t be. Just do what we write here. You must know the difference between string and stringer. Be sure to read the correct word. Do not mix the string with the stringer.

Step 3

It’s bending time. You will bend the crossbow by placing your foot on the prod or stirrup, just like you do while using your hand to string your crossbow.

However, after placing your foot correctly, you will pull the crossbow stringer until it bends enough. However, in this case, make sure the free side of the string is missed. Also, one more thing, you need to put balance stress on the prod. Don’t apply too much pressure on it.

Step 4

You need to work with the free side string in this step. First, take the hanging string and put it onto the other nock. You have already attached one side of the string onto the first nock. Now you enter the other side of the string into the second nock. Thus, you put both the string sides with both ends of the stringer and attach them firmly.

Here you need to follow a simple trick. It would be best not to take a long time to insert the hanging stringer side to the stringer end after following step 3. But it might take a while if you go for strings for the first time. The more you practice, the less time it will take

Step 5

If you already follow those four steps, congrats. You’re done. But how will you uncook the crossbow? And how to release the string? In this regard, we add this step.

First thing first, you can fire an arrow to release the string and uncook the crossbow. You can do it manually as well. But here, the string and crossbow need to be released slowly. The first-string side will easily come off. To get the other side of the string, you might force it a bit.

In this case, you may loosen the string using a screwdriver. It works like magic. Don’t use any knife or something that can cut off the string. Be sure it is safe.

When should you change the stringer?

Most of the time, people use stringers to string their crossbows. Therefore, you might need to change your stringer.

You will find a stringer that needs to be replaced after using it a dozen times. But there are some premium stringers that you can use a hundred times or more.

As the stringer is safer than using hand or other tactics, make sure you buy a premium one. So, before purchasing a stringer, read out the features section. You will find its deadline there.

Expert tips

I found some tips that work in this regard. They are:

  1. You should remove the string when you don’t use the crossbow. If you leave the string on, it will be worn out. Thus, you will damage both the string and the crossbow simultaneously.
  2. Change your stringer regularly. It’s always forbidden to use any weak stringer. If it snaps while stringing, you will get hurt.
  3. Waxing on a bowstring is a good habit. It will help the string be in good condition.
  4. If you don’t have financial issues, try to use a stringer. It is safe. Most importantly, if you’re a newbie, try to get a good stringer. On the other hand, learn the required skills so that you can use your hand and foot to string your crossbow perfectly.
  5. Always maintain the safety measurement. Don’t be overconfident. A misfire can lead to serious injury. Also, when you are about to load the crossbow, make sure you are doing it in the right way.
  6. Don’t try the first method if you are sick. It will be a tiresome job. It takes a lot of energy and power, be sure you’re in good condition and have enough energy and strength.
Types of Crossbow and stringing method

You might often look for a specific method, especially when you have a different type of Crossbow. Mainly, there are two types of Crossbow.

  1. Compound Crossbow
  2. Recurve Crossbow

You may also find Pistol Crossbow, automatic Crossbow, and Reverse draw limbs crossbow. But they all are the modification of those two crossbows.

However, you need to know whether there are any other methods to string. The answer would be no.

You can have the most updated and modern Crossbow. Any of the two methods would fit you. More specifically, a stringer could be the ultimate solution for every Crossbow. You cannot use physical strength and hand combination to string a compound crossbow.

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Crossbow String Replacement

Here comes another important fact. You must know when you should replace your crossbow string. Otherwise, it will create issues. For example, You are using the exact string for years. When you go for the next hunt, the string might break or wear out.

To avoid such an incident, you may change the string every year. Typically, a string works for three years. If you use the Crossbow frequently, the ideal crossbow string replacement would be one year.

Keep in mind; if you’re a newbie, you will practice a lot. In this case, look at your string. It might wear out within a couple of months. This time your crossbow string replacement time will vary.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How much does it cost to string a crossbow?

Using your hand will cost you zero penny. In other words, you can go for a stringer. It will cost a few dollars. But you will have one more option.

You will find some archery stores. They can restrain your Crossbow. You will need to pay the labor cost. It would be somewhere between $20-$40.

What kind of string is the best for a crossbow?

Dacron is an overall better option for string material. You could use a Dacron-made string for both steel and wooden crossbows. On the other hand, if your Crossbow is made with synthetic, Dyneme material would be the best fit.

How did my crossbow string break?

In general, age is the main reason. When you use a syringe for a couple of years, it will break or wear out at any time. Another reason could be less care. After using your Crossbow, you need to wax the string often. It increases the average surviving time.

Closing Words

After reading this article, you must get some quality ideas. Therefore, you have already got your answer on how to string a crossbow. I use my experience to write this piece of guideline.

I have explained two simple methods that truly work for everyone; comment below if you have any queries. Before that, recheck the steps. Don’t miss any of them. After having some experience, you can do it quickly.

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