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Old 12-09-2006, 09:20 AM
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I recently purchased a used recurve on E-Bay to introduce myself to the sport. The bow did not come with a string and the markings say 57. Does this mean I need to find a 57" string? Seems like an odd length. Sorry for the dumb question. Thanks for your help.
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Old 12-09-2006, 09:43 AM
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Welcome to traditional archery, Big Ol.

Does that 57 say 57 @ 28" ? If it does then that means that is the draw weight of the bow at 28".

The srting length you need is 4" shorter than the length of the bow measured from limb nock to limb nock. Not the entire length of the bow. Simply measure the distance from where the string loops onto the limb to the other end at the same place. So if it is 58" nock to nock, then you need a 54" string. If there are no tip overlay's on the tips of the limbs, then you need a flemish string. If there are, then you can get a fast flight or D97 string.
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Old 12-09-2006, 10:42 AM
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Thanks for the welcome and the info PAstew. The markings on the bow say 57
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Another dumb question... by limb nock do you mean the base of the tip? Sorry.
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Old 12-09-2006, 12:44 PM
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1st - never a dumb question. Ask everything you want for the information you need. The limb nock is the grove in the bows limbs where the string goes.

The bows shelf is where the arrow sits and the strike plate is the side of the bow where the arrow butts up against. The back of the bow is what faces away from you when drawing. The belly is the side that faces you. Just some added terminology to help.

you will be shooting 47#'s ata 28" draw length. If you draw 27" then subtract 2#'s = 45# If you draw 29" then add 3#'s = 50. Two pounds for every inch under 28 and 3 pounds for every inch over 28. Either way a 14 or 16 strand flemish sting will do.
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Old 12-09-2006, 10:19 PM
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Any idea what brand it is, how old it is, etc.? A lot of the older recurves get a string 4" shorter, but AMO specs state 3" shorter, and some bows don't follow either rule. For instance, an old Herter's I had got a string 6" shorter.

You can measure the AMO bow length to get an idea--use a cloth tape, start at the string groove (not the tip). Measure along the side of the limb, following the countour, through the center of the riser, along the other limb to the other string groove. That will give you your AMO bow length.

If you don't know the make or age, dacron (B-50 or B-500) is the safe bet. I'd use 12 or 14 strands. Endless or flemish will work fine. These are the way strings are made--either one can be made with any string material.

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Its an American Archery Co Barracuda circa 1960's.
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Old 12-10-2006, 03:25 PM
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