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Offline cuzsis

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How bad is it...
« on: October 25, 2011, 02:14:58 PM »
 ...to practice in the rain?

 I keep hearing that you're not supposed to shoot your bow (compound or otherwise, although I have a compound right now) in the rain. Yet stormy days are some of the best times (around here) to go out after deer and elk. And since I live in Western WA, that's going to mean a significant amount of rain.

 You should always practice like you perform, so my first instinct would be to practice in any sort of weather (with gear) that I think I might be hunting. Rain, sleet, snow, wind, whatever.

 But I don't want to ruin my bow either!

 Figured I'd ask the experts!  ;D

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Re: How bad is it...
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2011, 02:27:39 PM »
today's bows are made to withstand almost any weather. i just make sure i clean and dry everything off when i'm done. i haven't wrecked anything yet.

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Re: How bad is it...
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2011, 02:58:15 PM »
Do "today's bows" include older compounds from the 90's? Is there a time frame I should be concerned about?

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Re: How bad is it...
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2011, 02:59:49 PM »
You hunt in the rain, as long as you want to practice it is a good thing.
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Re: How bad is it...
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2011, 08:23:20 AM »
Do "today's bows" include older compounds from the 90's? Is there a time frame I should be concerned about?

i would say as long as you have the composite limbs and not the laminated limbs, you will be fine. some of my older bows in the 90's still had wood.
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Re: How bad is it...
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2011, 12:28:38 PM »
Do "today's bows" include older compounds from the 90's? Is there a time frame I should be concerned about?

i would say as long as you have the composite limbs and not the laminated limbs, you will be fine. some of my older bows in the 90's still had wood.

 Sounds good!

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Re: How bad is it...
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2011, 11:18:46 AM »
Never thought about practicing in the rain. Good idea. When I bought my new Z7 this spring the dealer told me if the bow gets wet be sure to dry it off as soon as you can. It's just like your gun the better you take care of it, the better it will perform for you.
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Re: How bad is it...
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2011, 02:20:22 PM »


only thing about the rain is if you have Feathers for vanes!

othere then that i do believe it is ok to practise in the rain!
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Re: How bad is it...
« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2011, 04:06:17 PM »
Never thought about practicing in the rain. Good idea. When I bought my new Z7 this spring the dealer told me if the bow gets wet be sure to dry it off as soon as you can. It's just like your gun the better you take care of it, the better it will perform for you.
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Re: How bad is it...
« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2011, 06:04:46 PM »
Went out this morning in the rain.  Just made sure to dry it out after I got home.

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Re: How bad is it...
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2011, 04:04:28 AM »
A good waxing on the string and a light coat of unscented oil (DDW) will help prevent water from saturating anything, cuzsis.      I wouldn't recommend getting your bow soaking wet.      Try to keep it as dry as possible, but some rain won't hurt it.      Dry it good when you're done and keep the axles, slide, and allen screws oiled/waxed.      Check your string and tighten/check all screws often.
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