Recurve bowstring length made easy. (How to get the accurate bowstring length every time)

When it comes to traditional archery, having the right equipment is essential for a successful and enjoyable experience. One crucial component of a traditional bow is the string. Ordering the correct length of string is important to ensure optimal performance and accuracy. In this blog post, we will guide you through the process of ordering the right length of string for your traditional bow.

Why is the length of the string important?

The length of the string directly affects the draw length of the bow. The draw length is the distance between the bowstring at full draw and the deepest part of the grip. Having the correct draw length is crucial for consistent and accurate shooting. If the string is too long or too short, it can negatively impact your shooting form and overall performance.

Getting the correct bowstring length

Before ordering a new string, you need to determine the correct length string. Here's how you can do it:

  1. If you already have string measure that and order the same length.
  2. If you do not have a string check the AMO (usually written on the bottom limb) and follow the chart below.
  3. If you do not see an AMO on the bow or you built your own bow, measure the AMO yourself by following the next steps
  4. Start by unstringing your bow and laying it on a flat surface.
  5. Measure the length of your bow from string groove to string groove along the belly (the side facing you when you shoot).
  6. Measure along the curve of the bow

Once you have the measurement, you can proceed to order the right length of string for your traditional bow.


Ordering the right length of string for your traditional bow is crucial for optimal performance and accuracy. By measuring your bow and considering factors such as string material, bow type, and manufacturer recommendations, you can ensure that you order the correct string length. Stay Shatterproof!

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