My new Hoyt CRX 32 hit the front porch a few days ago and another
package containing my Winners Choice strings. Now what? Do I drive an hour to Reno and go to one of the archery shops that I have no relationship with or tuck into the garage, with my Bowmaster press that I picked up from Sage Creek Outfitters years ago, and put my Winners Choice strings on myself?
One of the most important tools an archery hunter can possess is knowledge of how your equipment works. There are some awesome archery shops out there with a knowledgeable staff that can setup and tune your bow for you. But what happens when you are in the back country and slice your string with a razor sharp broadhead? Chances are, there will not be an archery shop anywhere close, leaving you hours if not days absent from the field.
I choose to take on the task myself. I am not a bow shop nor do I claim to know everything about how a bow works, but if something happens in the field, I will be better off than 90% of the guys out there. There is no professional bench mounted press in my garage either, I use exactly what I take on my hunts, (usually left in the truck) a cable Bowmaster press.
The Hoyt CRX32 was extremely easy to work on and tune. I start a string change session by first marking the limb position on the cams. Then I take pictures of the cams from both sides and one picture of the cable guard. This comes in very handy when reattaching the string, control cable, and buss cable. I learned this when changing one of the first strings on my own and running a buss cable the wrong way. Yep, I couldn’t draw the bow. A few frustrating and humbling minutes later all was fixed and a lesson learned.
The Winners Choice strings I put on this jet black CRX are a speckled blue and white. Although red and black strings would look sharp matching the red highlights on the bow and on the RipCord rest, I feel that Red, White, and Blue are better and you cant go wrong with those colors.
The factory strings that I removed go in a plastic bag and marked. This will stay with the bow press as a backup should anything go wrong.
With the Winners Choice string in place I could now draw the bow and check timing. The CRX was easy to tune and tuning procedures explained simply in the owners manual. I added a few twists of the Buss Cable and now the Control cable stop and the Buss cable stop hit contact points simultaneously. I was also pleased to see the marks I made on the cams were in the same place as when I received the bow from the factory
With the timing of the bow set, I installed a Ripcord rest and attached the release rope to the Yoked Buss cable. Perfect position, and the rest fell with the letdown of the draw. No bow is complete without a Spothog Sight. I picked this one up many years ago from Sagecreek Outfitters. This is the fourth bow it’s been on and I believe that is a testament to its dependability and durability.
The final touch was a Tight Spot quiver to house Gold Tip arrows. The design of this quiver makes it adjustable to anyone’s preference. The Tight Spot can be moved up or down with a couple set screws but the seller for me is its adjustment in tight or out away from the bow and or be removed completely with the use of a dovetail clamp.
Time to paper tune and sight in this killing machine. In a few weeks I’ll follow up with a performance report on the CRX32 and the other equipment on the bow.
In the end, I performed the string replacement and tuning with a portable Bowmaster press. It is a comforting feeling knowing that if anything happens in the field that needs fixing, I wont have to rely on finding a shop. Know your equipment and your confidence in the field will increase.