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Postby perrysbirds » Wed Sep 23, 2009 5:56 pm

Hi All,

Just wondering how often you should apply rail lube?
I have had my exomax for a couple of hunting seasons and has never applied rail lube :?
How do you apply it also?
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Postby sumner4991 » Wed Sep 23, 2009 5:59 pm

I never apply wax to the rail, just the serving every 25 shots. I will upon occasion clean the rail with silicone spray.
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Postby Cat power » Wed Sep 23, 2009 6:08 pm

I just recently purchased an Ibex from Dan Miller and asked the same question. His response was to not put anything on the rail or the string.
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Postby ComfyBear » Wed Sep 23, 2009 6:18 pm

If you insist on using rail lube you can use the "pricey" Tenpoint lube, or you can save a whole lot of money by buying and using a can Jig-a-loo spray, which Home Depot sells.
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Postby sumner4991 » Wed Sep 23, 2009 7:13 pm

Cat power wrote: His response was to not put anything on the rail or the string.


You will need to wax the serving, otherwise you cut the life of the serving in half.

It's nice not to put anything on the string or rail because it stays clean. However, the serving will take some punishment.
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Postby wabi » Wed Sep 23, 2009 7:37 pm

sumner4991 wrote:
Cat power wrote: His response was to not put anything on the rail or the string.


You will need to wax the serving, otherwise you cut the life of the serving in half.

It's nice not to put anything on the string or rail because it stays clean. However, the serving will take some punishment.


There seems to be some difference of opinion on whether or not wax helps or hurts on the serving. (I don't have an opinion, but I wax my serving)
I think, perhaps, the "crossbow serving" sold by Brownell & BCY which is "resin coated" will do OK without waxing. It is such a large diameter and so round that excess wax can get to the string fibers beneath and cause the serving to slip & seperate at the coils (wraps) where the claws grab it. I have had this problem with my homemade strings before I started pre-stretching them. The combination of the string material beneath the serving stretching and the wax seeping in to give the serving even less "grip" is my best guess as to what caused the problem.
With custom pre-stretched (before serving is applied) strings using other serving materials I think waxing is most likely a benefit to serving life. (I wax the heck out of the serving on my Boo string(s) and they last for a while. The one I put on today for the upcoming deer season is starting it's third year of hunting and still look great, and I waxed the serving before I shot today.)
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Postby sumner4991 » Wed Sep 23, 2009 8:58 pm

When I was testing servings last year, I decided to put the wax thing to the test. I did no wax, wax every 10 shots, wax every 20 shots and wax every 30 shots. No wax, the serving lasted about half as long as every 20 shots. Every 30 shots was about 10% less shots than every 20 shots. Every 10 shots was no improvement over every 20. So, I suggest every 20-25 shots.

Of course, on the lighter poundage bows, the differences would be less noticable because the servings last longer than on the Exomax I used for testing. No matter which bow or serving material you use . . .wax will improve the life of the serving. I promise it's worth the cost/effort.
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Postby saxman » Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:08 pm

sumner4991 wrote:When I was testing servings last year, I decided to put the wax thing to the test. I did no wax, wax every 10 shots, wax every 20 shots and wax every 30 shots. No wax, the serving lasted about half as long as every 20 shots. Every 30 shots was about 10% less shots than every 20 shots. Every 10 shots was no improvement over every 20. So, I suggest every 20-25 shots.

Of course, on the lighter poundage bows, the differences would be less noticable because the servings last longer than on the Exomax I used for testing. No matter which bow or serving material you use . . .wax will improve the life of the serving. I promise it's worth the cost/effort.



20 - 25 shots is what I do.
I also wax my whole string,loops and all and work it gently into the string.
I do that about once a month.I keep mine shot in and ready to go.

I don't lube the rail at all.
I shoot blackpowder quite a bit and I keep a spray bottle of 91% Alcohol for spit patches,that's what I clean the wax off my rail with,that or WD-40
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Postby huntone » Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:26 pm

I keep a spray bottle of 91% Alcohol for spit patches,that's what I clean the wax off my rail with,that or WD-40


I do the same thing with the alcohol I use for muzzleloading.

I use just a touch of WD-40 first, than I use the alcohol. I want it clean.

The serving gets some wax every 20-25 shots.
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Postby bstout » Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:38 pm

I've never oiled any of my bows or arrows.

I've been doing an experiment with my Vortex and leaving the center serving the way it came from gad custom strings. I've got near 150 shots on it at this time. It's showing a small amount of fray and that's probably normal. I'm enjoying having my crossbow clean and dry.

The whole bow and not just the string.
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Postby dutchhunter » Thu Sep 24, 2009 2:02 pm

i have been shpooting crossbows for 20 years now and only ever wax the string and i wax it realy good before i put it on the bow then i wax the string every 25 to 50 shots as needed ..i try to keep my rail clean and dry at all times .if wax builds up on the rail it can be scraped clean with a creided card .DUTCH
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Postby saxman » Thu Sep 24, 2009 11:00 pm

dutchhunter wrote:i have been shpooting crossbows for 20 years now and only ever wax the string and i wax it realy good before i put it on the bow then i wax the string every 25 to 50 shots as needed ..i try to keep my rail clean and dry at all times .if wax builds up on the rail it can be scraped clean with a creided card .DUTCH


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