How to Prep Your Crossbow Before Sighting in for Hunting Season

Hunting season is around the corner and now is the time for crossbow care and prep. Ideally you’ve kept your crossbow in a cool, dry place. Take it out of its case, and follow these crossbow maintenance tips before sighting in your bow.

Step 1: Check Your Crossbow's Condition

Check the crossbow thoroughly for worn, damaged, loose, or missing parts. If you find any damage or wear, contact customer support before using it again.

If your bow strings, cables, or serving are worn or frayed, they should be changed by an archery shop professional. Before making any changes, check your owner’s manual to ensure you don’t void your warranty.

Step 2: Apply Lubricant to Metal Parts

To prevent rust and corrosion, apply a light coat of silicon-based lubricant to all metal parts.

Step 3: Apply Rail

Using your finger, rub a thin coat of rail lube on each side of the flight rail, covering its length up to the string stops. This should be done ONLY when the crossbow is uncocked. This helps reduce bowstring friction and wear. For proper crossbow care, CenterPoint Archery recommends you apply rail lube after every 12 to 15 shots.

Components of a Wrath 430 crossbow

Step 4: Wax the Bowstring

Our next crossbow maintenance tip is to re-lubricate the bowstring with fresh bowstring wax, being careful not to wax the cam servings or the center serving. The center serving comes in contact with the flight rail, and waxing it may cause wax buildup in the trigger mechanism. Once you’ve applied bowstring wax, rub it in gently, first with your fingers and then with a clean cloth.

Never attempt to apply bowstring wax while the crossbow is in the cocked or loaded position.

Step 5: Remove Any External Dirt From the Scope

Almost all CenterPoint crossbows come with a scope. This is a precision instrument that deserves the utmost care alongside your crossbow. Do not attempt to disassemble or clean the inside of your scope. Remove any external dirt with a soft brush to avoid scratching the lens. Next, use a lens cloth or an optical quality lens paper to gently clean the external lens coating. Unnecessary rubbing or use of a coarse cloth may cause permanent damage to lens coatings.

Step 6: Inspect Each Arrow's Condition

CenterPoint arrow

Before firing any arrow, carefully inspect each shaft and its nock for wear, damage, or nicks. Even small flaws or minor damage can cause an arrow to shatter explosively when fired from a crossbow, causing you and those nearby severe injury. A critical crossbow maintenance tip is to dispose of all damaged arrows properly and as required by local laws and regulations. Check out this information on arrow safety.

Need to order replacement arrows for crossbow hunting season? Check out CenterPoint Archery’s carbon arrows.

Step 7: Sight in Your Crossbow

Once you've completed these crossbow care steps, you can load an approved arrow with half-moon nock and confirm that your scope is on target within the maximum effective range for your crossbow, skill set, and environment.

Always check your owner’s manual to make sure you don’t miss anything pertaining to the care of your particular crossbow model.

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