Welcome, Capt Amana! If you haven't already, you will become addicted to archery.
String wax out here in Southern California is a must. With the higher temps and the way the temps fluctuate, the string will dry out and fray more. I wax my string after almost every practice session. It might be a bit much, but I don't want to run the risk of having it dry out on me. It will lengthen the life of your string.
Stabilizers are a great topic. Lots of guys shoot with one and they vary in weight, shape, size, etc. You really want to get one that will help balance the bow when you shoot and that is evenly weighted for you. I shoot with an 8oz stabilizer and it works great for me. You may or may not need one, but if you do an 8oz is probably a bit heavy for that set up. I have a spare 4oz if you want to try that out. Let me know when you are heading to El Dorado and we'll meet up.
You mention holding the bow firmly. You certainly don't want to grip the bow too firmly as to torque it one way or another. Here's a good starting point for you:
Best of luck and enjoy yourself!
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Thanks Forest Crawler
I actually tried an 8 ounce stabilizer today at the range. It did make the bow more stable but i think a lighter model might suite me better. I did notice a big difference in my ability to hold steadier on the target with the stabilizer and didn't fee like I needed to "grab" the bow.
Back to the wax for a minute, is it straight parafin wax or is it a special blend? In other words do I really need to pay $5 a stick or can I go to the grocery store and grab a 29 cent box of sealing wax?
I'm ready to shoot El Dorado any night you are. What nights and time do you shoot? Do I need to bring a target?
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Personally, I use Seal-Tite by Bohning. It's $5 a tube, but it's lasted me more than 5 years and it'll last me another 5, too. Sealing wax may work, if you in a pinch, but be sure it doesn't have a petroleum base or anything. Sealing wax may be harder to use and leave more of a build-up. I don't know. I am not going to recommend it because I really don't know. Anyone else use it? What other wax do you guys use?
And don't heat up the wax or the string. Just let the natural heat of your fingers melt it in. You can use a piece of leather or a clean rag to really get it in there.
I go over to El Dorado whenever it's convenient. It's a mile from my house. No need to bring a target, we can use mine and save you the trouble of having to bring one.
You've got my number, give me a ring if you want to set up a time or if you have any questions.
let me know when you guys are heading over there. im 4 stop signs and 4 lights from eldo and i have a pass. Well once i get my bow back. Capt amana your bow is going to be worse than fishing. Im a fellow fisherman as well, and with forest crawler and eric they are more than great guys. this is addicting as hell. welcome and lets hit some targets and get some fish