Archers are expected to have the fundamental knowledge about stringing a Recurve bow. Regularly unstringing and stringing the bow helps increase the life of the bow and the bowstring. In other words, dismantling the equipment and reattaching its various parts is a basic skill that archers must possess.

What is a Recurve Bow?

Recurve bows are very popular for beginners in the sport and are the only category of bows permitted in the Olympics. They have limbs that stretch out from both the top as well as the bottom. Initially, all Recurve bows were single piece but gradually they have evolved into 3 piece equipment. Therefore, it has become easy to unstring them for transportation.

  • Only Recurve bows are permitted in the Olympic competition. They have tips that stretch out from both ends.
  • Such bows have evolved to become 3-piece equipment for easy transportation.

How to Assemble a Recurve Bow?

Once you have bought your bow, the difficult part starts. In other words, a Recurve bow is not a toy that can be put to play immediately after unpacking. It has many accessories that need to be pieced together before you shoot your first arrow. Therefore, to string it together you have to first understand all the parts that make up a bow. There are 3 main components to a Recurve bow the riser and the 2 limbs along with a bowstring. To string all the pieces together you need a bow stringer.

  • Screw the 2 limbs to the riser. Attached the bow stringer to the 2 limbs. Hold the bow stringer with your feet.
  • Place the bowstring to the stringer and stretch it from the loop in the bottom limb to the top limb loop. You can identify the top loop for the string by comparing the size. The top loop is always bigger.
  • Finally, gently remove the bowstring after the strings have been secured in the grooves.

Best Recurve Bow String

Recurve bowstrings have a slower speed than a Compound bowstring. Therefore, you need to choose a string with very few fibers to increase the speed naturally. The various preferred choices of Recurve archers across the globe include the BCY 8125, Dyna Flight 97, and BCY-X strings. Regularly waxing the string will further improve the performance of the string. In addition, good maintenance also increases its lifespan.

  • Recurve bowstrings have a slower speed than a compound string. Select a string that has less fiber. This will increase the speed of the arrow naturally.
  • Wax it regularly to improve its performance and lifespan.


  • Make sure you know how to shoot a Recurve bow.
  • Shoot with a finger and arm protection.
  • Fiberglass bows are better for beginners.
  • Visit a bow selling shop for directions.
  • Make sure the string attached is less on fiber so that it naturally increases the speed of the arrow when released.
  • Wax the string regularly to increase its performance and lifespan.
  • Keep the riser and limbs detached when not in use for a long time.

What is the proper way to string a recurve bow?

How do you string a recurve bow without a stringer?

To get the string on at the inside of the upper recurve section, put the lower bowstring loop in the notch. Then, put the loop over the bow, but under the notch. When you shoot, the bow will be nearest your body. So, put your leg through the bowstring and the bow away from your body.

Is it bad to keep a recurve bow strung?

Unstring your bow when you’re not using it. When your bow is strung, the belly is under compression, and over time that compression will make the bow weaker and weaker, and it will take on set. If you leave it strung, you’re reducing the life of your bow.

How do you string a wooden recurve bow?

Is it OK to hang a bow by its string?

Hang a compound bow from the string

It will be fine. Those cables see around 5 times the draw weight of the bow, so for a 60lb they go through a 300lb stretch every time you draw. The effects of hanging 5lb off them are nil.

Can you string a bow without a stringer?

The push/pull method is the most commonly used when not having a stringer, especially if it is not a high poundage bow. First, with the bow assembled, insert the string as in the stringer-step 2. Once you have it, you‘ll use your own body as a stringer.

How long does it take to string a bow?

It takes around 15 minutes to restring a bow. It might take a little longer if you’ve never restrung a bow before. However, this is something that most archers can easily learn within a few minutes.

Where does the Big Loop go on a recurve bow?

The bigger loop on both the string and stringer always goes over the top limb of your recurve bow.

Do you twist a recurve bow string?

You twist the bowstring, to make the bowstring shorter. to make the bowstring short enough, until you get the correct brace height.

Which way do you string a bow?

How much does it cost to restring a recurve bow?

It would usually cost about $20 on average, through it might be a tad more expensive if you went to someone more experienced. Again, expect to pay more for better quality services. In total, you may pay about $100 to $150 for restringing a bow on average.

How long should a recurve bow string be?

AMO specs state that a recurve or longbow should be braced properly with a bowstring that’s 3” shorter (under 100lbs of tension) than the AMO length of that bow. Most traditional bows will be labeled around the grip area with the AMO length.

How often should you replace bow strings?

Like most bow companies, we recommend changing bow string and cables once a year on target bows and every two years on hunting bows. Target bows require more frequent restring since they see more shooting than a comparable hunting bow.

How do I know if my bow string needs replacing?

What happens if a bow string breaks?

If it breaks in the middle the effect will be similar to a dry-fire but not as traumatic because the limbs will not be abruptly braked but will spring fully forward. I saw it happen some years back during a shoot and the guy’s bow flew out of his hand.

How much does it cost to replace bow string?

How much does it cost to restring a bow? On average strings cost around $60 to $200 and the labor costs $20 on average. The prices of strings depend highly on durability. You can restring it at home as well but with extra attention and effort.

How often should you tune your bow?

We often get asked, “how often should I tune my bow?” We recommend tuning your bow at least once a year.