The bow models for youth are not toys, but a lethal
piece of archery equipment that will propel an arrow
capable of doing potential damage and should be used
only with adult supervision. For those that will be
new to archery, the archery experience can turn into
a lifetime of fun and recreation.
Caring for your
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TRIAL & ERROR: Since
no two shooters shoot alike and no two handcrafted bows
are alike, tuning a bow becomes a trial and error process.
By following the suggestions below you will be able
to tune your bow to your shooting style.
The brace height of your Black Rhino‘ bow is measured
between the edge of the arrow rest and the string; (The
edge of the arrow rest closest to the string is a constant
regardless of the shape of the handle.) The brace height
will vary with each bow and the style of the archer’s
shooting. The brace height of your M-58, M-48 and M-42
will probably be between 51/4" and 61/4" with
a good starting place right in the middle. The brace
height of the M-35 will be between 4” and 5”
just enough for the feathers to clear the shelf. The
way to change the brace height is to unstring the bow
and remove the string at the bottom limb and twist or
untwist the string. Restring the bow and try shooting
it. This is a trial and error process. Once the proper
height is determined, note the distance. New strings
have to be checked frequently as they stretch changing
the brace height of the bow. Improper brace height will
affect the quietness of the bow and arrow flight.
The nock point is like brace height it varies with the
archer’s shooting style and the arrow spine. Snap
a bow square on the string and slide it down until it
just touches the shelf measure up _" on the string
and use this as a starting point if the arrow is to
be placed above the nock set. If arrow is to be placed
below the nock set adjust the height allowing for the
thickness of the nock set. An improper nock point will
cause the arrow to porpoise while in flight. Move the
nock set up or down just a slight amount each time until
proper arrow flight is achieved.
The arrow shelf of your bow is cut so the rest has a
high radius allowing good feather clearance when shooting
off the shelf. It is recommended that only arrows with
feathers be used when shooting off the shelf. The plate
of your bow is also formed with a radius so you will
have good feather clearance. The site window is cut
almost to the center of the bow allowing the bow to
shoot a variety of different spine arrows. Improper
spine arrows will fishtail out of the bow. You may have
to experiment with different arrows to find the proper
spine for your bow and shooting style. A good place
to start is to consult an arrow spine chart if you are
shooting aluminum arrows or carbon arrows www.eastonarchery.com.
If shooting wood arrows consult the Rose City arrow
chart at www.rosecityarchery.com/spine.htm.
A bow stringer should
be used when bracing or unstringing the bow.
Caution should be taken
when stringing (bracing) and unstringing a bow. More
archers are injured, and more bows ruined during this
- Place the large loop of the bow
string over the top limb allowing the string to slide
down the bow limb.
- Place the small loop of the bow
string in the string groove of the bottom limb.
- Turn the bow face (belly) down.
- Place the longer cup of the stringer
on the lower limb of the bow. The cup should hold
the string in the grove.
- Place the smaller cup on the upper
- Place both feet shoulder width
apart on the center of the string (At this point the
string of the bow is secured on the bottom limb, with
the opposite end ready to slide up the top limb. The
stringer is now attached at both ends of the bow,
with the center of the cord of the stringer hanging
down towards the ground).
- Grip the bow firmly still with
the bow face (belly) of the bow down, raise straight
up at the same time slide the bowstring into the string
groove of the top limb.
- Make sure the string is firmly
seated in the string groves on the bow before releasing
tension on the stringer.
- Remove the stringer from the bow.
- To unstring the bow follow the
same basic procedure.
OF YOUR BOW
Your Black Rhino‘ bow will give you a lifetime
of service if cared for properly! THE MAIN ENEMIES OF
ANY LAMINATED BOW ARE HEAT, MOISTURE, AND IMPROPER STRINGING
Your bow when fabricated was glued together with hand
selected materials. It was then cured in an oven at
approximately 180 degrees Fahrenheit for several hours.
This process is designed to ensure your bow will maintain
it integrity under warm conditions. Damage, however
could occur to bows when left in a closed vehicle, or
direct sun during extremely hot ambient temperatures.
Your bow has received multiple coats of finish, which
will protect your bow under extreme wet conditions.
Your bow may receive scratches, which remove the finish.
Scratches on the fiberglass will not hurt the bow. Scratches
on the edges of the bow limbs and riser, which remove
the finish down to bare wood, should be cared for. To
prevent moisture penetrating the laminations, treat
exposed wood by putting super glue on the scratch thus
sealing the wood. The best way to apply super glue is
to place a small amount on a cotton swab and wipe over
the scratch, this will keep glue from running all over
the bow. Waxing the bow to protect it is not necessary,
however it will not hurt it. If your bow has a gloss
finish and you wish to dull it for hunting, apply a
pure past wax over the bow and let it dry. Rub the wax
off after hunting.
BRACING: Use a stringer when bracing and unstringing
your bow. Bracing the bow any other way than with a
stringer can be dangerous for the archer and the bow.
OF BOW: Bows should be stored in the unstrung
position, preferably laying down flat on a shelf or
similar flat surface. Never store a bow in the standing
position as this puts to much stress on the bottom limb.
If you leave your bow strung you should store it by
hanging it horizontally by the string or lay it on it
side on a flat surface out of direct sun light .The
bow should not be left in the strung position for extended
Arrows do not need a lot of special care .The shafts
are sealed to protect them from moisture. Feathers do
become matted or rumpled .To bring feathers back too
normal they can be steamed. This can be done by rotating
the feather over a source of steam such as a tea kettle
spout. It does not take much steam to straighten the
OF BOW STRINGS
It is important that the string is inspected for wear
prior to each shooting session. The loops of the string
will receive the most wear.
The string that comes with your bow is a Flemish style
string. The ends of each strand are tucked into the
twisted strands. It is common to have strand ends sticking
out in the section below the loop .Do not try to trim
The string should be treated with a good string wax
like Bohning Tex-Tite.