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Found this bow at a yard sale and couldn't pass it up.

It has no string.

Some questions....

What length/type/specs should I seek for string?

A factor is that my right shoulder is compromised and I would like to use this bow at significantly less than the 52# it appears to be rated for.

Also, any historical info on this bow would be appreciated. It appears by the "amo" that it is post 1968.

Thanks for the help....

AJ


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To use it at less than 52#, you will need to use a longer string to reduce preload, but that will yield lower brace height and potentially greater vibration feedback (hand shock).

The codes show this is a 66" AMO bow, so it should normally use a 63" string (AMO recurve spec - Bow length - 3" = actual string length.) I am not a Howatt expert, so I do not know if they ever deviated from the AMO standards in their lengths, but given that it has AMO in the codes, I would assume the were using that standard. Measure the bow and if it measures out approximately 66" tip to tip, then 63" is a safe bet. If it measures out significantly longer, such as 69", I would not try the 63".

Once you have determined the correct AMO string length, you might try a 1 -1.5" longer string to see if it will set up and shoot decent with less preload.
 

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While I dont think I would make a habit of it I have fired self bows with tillering strings as I worked towards determining brace height and string length.

If you are confidant in your knot tying I see no reason you couldnt use a tillering string to find the sweet spot of the string length then use that measurement for the flemish string.
 
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