Patrick Meitin has degrees in journalism and range and wildlife management. He’s been an outdoor writer, specializing in bowhunting, for more than 20 years. An expert with both traditional and modern archery equipment, Meitin lives in northern Idaho with his wife, Gwyn, and their two Labrador retrievers.
How To Tune A Bow: Tie Your Own String Loop
Tying your own string loop isn't difficult. It can be tied in just seven steps.
A string loop has several pros: They're highly accurate, the arrow is less likely to dislodge after letdown and there's no serving wear. Loops also have some cons: Slower caliper-release hookup being one. An open-hook release is recommended.
1. Start with a 7-inch length of stiff string-loop material (that's really too long, but we'll deal with that later). Use a flame to melt a ball on one end. I prefer Pine Ridge Archery's Nitro material because it holds its shape and wears well.
2. Start on the lower nocking-point mark, laying ball-end atop serving pointing to riser (don't fuss over exact placement yet), going around serving and back right of laid-down material, over beginning material, back beneath serving, and poking through forming knot. Pull free material end away from riser until knot comes tight against melted ball.
3. Now pull the free end of material under the serving, creating an open loop pulled near parellel to the serving. Thread the material around and through the middle of the created loop before pulling around material and over top of serving, and then around serving and through to form the knot. Cut material about 1/4-inch away from loose knot.
4. Untie knot, carefully melting ball into tag end of material, and repeat Step 3, leaving created loop fairly tight to serving.
5. Using smooth-surfaced needle-nose pliers, insert closed-jaw taper into created loop, forcing onto taper to open loop and tighten opposing knots, then opening handles with just enough force to lightly snug both ends.
6. Coaxe the loop into desired position, using previous ink marks for reference (use thumb nail, or turn loop on serving like nut on bolt), adjusting to desired attitude (one resulting in proper peep alignment). Reinsert needlenose pliers and open forcibly to cinch both knots tightly.
7. Add a drop of super glue to each knot center to secure (optional).
If you prefer to hook your release directly to the string, you can do that as well. The positive is a faster hook-ups of your release. The negative is adding serving wear.
Here's how to set your serving up for direct release hook-up:
1. Creating an upper nocking locator can be as easy as clamping on a standard brass nocking point; some archers adding two for added security. When using a brass nocking indicator I wrap/knot/glue light serving above single locator to assure no slippage.
2. I prefer a lighter, served nock locator (resulting in less speed loss). Take a foot-long piece of serving material and fold it in half, creating a loop. Lay parellel to serving, loop pointing down, and with a single strand start wrapping tightly and neatly over opposing strand just above upper ink mark. Serve upwards about 1/4-inch, wrapping back over created layer, tightly and neatly. When you reach the beginning, thread serving through original loop, pull tight, and pull tag beneath wrap to anchor opposite end. Trim and carefully melt resulting tags, Apply super glue, rubbing it in.
3. Add clamp-on eliminator button below nock gap, or a slide-on eliminator (bow press required, but generally more durable and accurate).
4. Add layer of thin serving material (Brownell Crown Serving toughest) beneath eliminator button to protect serving from release-jaw wear.