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Location: milford, Ohio
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FRAYING STRING?

my girl bought me the fred bear element compound bow for xmas the string is starting to fray already Think does anyone recommend using anything on the strings to longer the life? why is it fraying when the bow is practically brand new! need some feedback!!!!! thanks

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Location: NE Kansas
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FRAYING STRING?

Do you use wax on your string?
Something like this
http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/links/link.jsp?id=0026292416...

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Location: Summit, IL
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Need a lil more info brandon...Number one are you using a release aid? #2 do you have a string loop? #3 have you went into any brush with the bow? ...If memory serves me I believe they use "fast flight" strings on their new bows which is an excellent and durable string. Dont know where it is freying so its difficult to advise you on this...also it my just be "furring" not freying which wax will take care of that easily. Furring is common and nothing to be worried about...Just wax it down and continue shooting. But if you are seeing some large freys then you have a problem with one of 3 things....Bad string...A nick or a burr in one of your cams...or you have went through some heavy brush or something and nicked your string which believe me is NOT uncommon at all so dont feel stupid...we have all done it ,if you hunt hard it happens!

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Location: milford, Ohio
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FRAYING STRING?

i do hunt extremely hard. i battle the elements of crazy cold weather to tracking and stalking in snow storms. this past weekend i did a lot of stalking in a snow storm and come to think of it i was tracking through alot of very thick thicket. never came to my mind that that may be why bow string is fraying ill take a picture of my bow and where its fraying and maybe you can tell me. thanks cam69conv i think its because of my traveling through thick thicket and i do hunt really hard every chance i get im in the woods if its for 3 hours or all day. thanks man Big smile oh and i do use a trigger release with a nock on the string

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Location: Summit, IL
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Most welcome....It will be hard to tell from a pic on here but Ill try...It would be your best bet to take it to your local pro shop and let them look it over to be safe....A string breaking mid draw is not only dangerous but can be VERY painful and costly...always try to keep your string checked out and in good shape at all times.

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Location: MN
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FRAYING STRING?

I bought a FB instinct during the summer, & my string stretched 1" within 1 month angry
this is unacceptable ! since I use a peep sight. I bought a vapor trail string for this bow (pre-stretched string) my bowtech has a winner choice.
I hate cheap factory strings ! that stretch & twist.

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All strings will lengthen a bit. Dacron has a stretching period. No stretch string goes through a period of the knots tightening up, if it wasn't done before it was on the bow. This is very normal. Typically the bow needs to be shot for a short period of time and adjusted.
I have a recurve that has a new Fast Flight. After leaving it strung for about a week and shooting it for three or four sessions. The brace went from 7 1/2" to 6". This was expected.
The same goes for compounds.
On a new bow or string, a good bowyer will tell you to shoot it for awhile and bring it back to have the string adjusted and the peep reset. Don't take it back as soon as the peep goes out of alignment. Shoot it 30 or 40 more times. To let the string totally set itself.
If the string is not kept waxed. It will give the appearance of fraying but it wouldn't hurt to have someone, in your area, look at it.

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Location: MN
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all I can say & this is with owning 3 pre-stretched strings, so far.
once they put the string on, I went to their shooting range in back & shot about 30 arrows ( this is to set the string on the bow) then placed the peep in & try it out & if the string had the wrong twist where the peep is at, then you undo the string & put a twist on the whole length of it -not half of it! (if needed I can explain this) & once the peep is in the right spot then tie it in above/below/around the peep. & its done!

that peep sight is in the same spot as the day it was installed & headache free, when it comes to bow strings vs pre stretched bow strings its night & day, I'll always have a pre stretched string on my bows. even if I bought a new bow again I wouldnt even use a non prestretched string 1 day it'd have one before I left with it.

oh forgot to also say this, even if you dont use a peep but a kisser button or nock for anchor point, on a non prestretched string that will move also over time.

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Location: Louisiana
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I have been seeing a lot of complaints about Bears strings and cables having problems in the last few months.

Try replacing the cables and string with a quality aftermarket brand.

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