Crossbow Maintenance and Care
It is much easier to care for and maintain your crossbows than a regular bow. Sometimes, this aforementioned benefit may lead some individuals to believe that taking care of their crossbows is not that important after all. However, failure to maintain them properly will reduce their accuracy when shooting as well as the durability of the individual parts. Below is a list of tips you can follow to keep your crossbow in a tip-top functional condition:
1. Remove dirt and debris
For this task, you can use compressed air cans. Ensure that you are able to get rid of any debris or dirt that might get stuck inside the rail as well as other possible connection point, groove and nook. Do spend two to three minutes to get the job done. You should always perform this step after returning from a hunting trip. Do not apply any lubricant in the rail when there is dirt.
2. Wax the cables and string
This is a step with the highest priority of your to-do list. Generally, you will receive a tube of wax with your purchase; make sure to buy some if it does not come free. You will have to wax the string on a fairly regular basis, and it also depends on the type of crossbow and material you use. You can also refer to the instruction manual that came along with your weapon. If you rub in the wax with your fingers, you can generate enough heat to melt in the wax better too.
3. Check the bowstring
You should check the bowstring periodically for potential signs of wear or separation of the serving, especially in the middle where the arrow is nocked. If notice signs of breakage, replace the bowstring. Depending on the model you use, a string can last for up to 1000 arrows, as is the case with the TenPoint Vapor. If you forget to wax the strings, expect its durability to drop by 20%. It is a good practice to keep spare string with you when you are out shooting.
4. Clean the lens of your scope
When cleaning the lens, make sure to use lens cleaning wipes so as not to smudge the lens any further. However, you do not need to repeat this step too often. You only need to clean the lens when you accidentally leave a fingerprint or you notice your vision starts to get obstructed.
5. Inspect the crossbow and its arrows before beginning
You can’t afford to miss this step and you should make it a habit before starting any shooting session. Be it a hunting trip or a target practice, you should check for the following:
- Bending and splintering of arrow shafts
- Twisting and cracks in the limbs
- Wiggle the limbs or riser to check for loose bolts
6. Re-tighten all bolts from time to time
This goes for bolts that attach the quiver mount, the prod to the stock, the stirrup and everything else that you have put together yourself. Always keep a handy screwdriver or hex key by your side at all times and make sure to check for tightness of the bolts after every fifty or hundred arrows are fired.