Proper Crossbow Maintenance
Caring for your Crossbow
Making sure that your crossbow is well maintained is very important. Fortunately caring for your crossbow is not a difficult task. Many believe it is even easier than taking care of a standard bow. If you do not take good care of your crossbow it will not last as long and your accuracy will also suffer. In this post, I will go over some basic crossbow maintenance tips that will help you keep your gear in great condition.
Waxing your Crossbow String and Cables
Keeping your string and cables properly waxed is one of the most important steps in caring for your crossbow. This procedure should be completed on a regular basis. It is always best to check your users manual to get the factory’s recommendations on how often this should be done.
Applying the wax is a fairly simple process. To do this, you just rub the wax along the length of your crossbow string or cable. Make sure you do not apply wax to the string just above the rail where your bolt goes as that can cause buildup in the trigger area. Make sure your thoroughly rub the wax into the string and cables.
Lubricate the Crossbow Rail
You want to lubricate your rail so that your crossbow bolt has the least amount of friction possible.
Depending on the lubricant you choose, you will want to add 2 or 3 drops near the center of the rail and use your finger to evenly spread it across the entire rail surface. Make sure you use a lubricant that is designed specifically for this purpose.
Lubricate your Trigger Box & Exposed Bolts
To do this, you apply a couple drops of lubricant to your crossbow trigger box. Then check for any exposed bolts and apply a small amount of lubricant to them to help prevent corrosion. Then add some lube to any wheels or axles your crossbow may have. This will keep them operating smoothly.
Thoroughly Inspect EVERYTHING Before Use.
Never fire your crossbow before you inspect every part of it or your bolts.
Make sure there are no loose bolts or parts. Check to make sure the limbs are not cracked or twisted in any way. Lastly, make sure your crossbow bolts are straight and show no signs of splintering.
Check your Crossbow String Often
It is always a good idea to frequently check your string for wear or signs of separation. The most common wear spot for the string is in the center. If you see any sign of wear, immediately replace the string. Do not fire your crossbow with a worn string. It is a good idea to keep an extra string in your crossbow case.
The Crossbow Scope
Keep your crossbow scope clean. This is pretty self-explanatory. Just wipe it with any good lens cleaner and a lint free cloth.
Remove Dirt and Debris
A can of compressed air works great for this purpose. Use it to dislodge any debris in the nooks and crannies of your crossbow.
This step is usually done after a hunting trip and before applying any lubricant.
Tighten the Bolts
The stresses of firing your crossbow can cause some of your bolts to loosen over time. It is a good idea to check these before use and tighten any bolts that may need it.
There you go. Following the above steps will help you keep your crossbow in tip-top shape.