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    Rail lube?

    Post by Armymedic.2 on Sat Sep 26, 2015 4:02 pm

    What are you all using on your wooden rails?  Search feature here and google came up empty on period lubes.  Yall using. Modern stuff?  Hurt the finish?   Shooting dry?
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    Re: Rail lube?

    Post by Gnome on Sun Sep 27, 2015 10:13 am

    I've never specifically lubricated a wooden bolt deck- I just maintain the same beeswax finish I use on the entire tiller and keep the string well waxed, including the center serving.
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    Re: Rail lube?

    Post by Armymedic.2 on Sun Sep 27, 2015 3:50 pm

    Interesting and thankyou.   My finish is hard and pretty slick.   I wax my string but not the serving bc i was afraid of dirt building and abrading.   I will give that a shot though. Thanks for the reply

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    Re: Rail lube?

    Post by Gnome on Sun Sep 27, 2015 5:08 pm

    I did a little casual research and didn't come up with much either, regarding "historical" lubricants. I think common sense and keeping it simple would apply. What would you have at your disposal as a medieval hunter or sniper? Spit, animal fat, ear wax maybe? I could be wrong but I think lubricating rails is more of a modern thing, due to modern construction materials.
    You're right to be concerned about dirt buildup, though.
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    Re: Rail lube?

    Post by Armymedic.2 on Sun Sep 27, 2015 6:08 pm

    Yeah modern it does seem.   Nothing showed up except one reference to waxing a string on a different forum.   I was thinking animal fat, which i have plenty of (farmer) but i know it would grab every dust and dirt particle

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    Re: Rail lube?

    Post by c sitas on Sun Sep 27, 2015 7:57 pm

    One way to tell if this is a modern problem, watch your string like a hawk. Keep checking the bottom of the serving. If there is trouble you should begin to see some flattening of the serving where it rides the rail.I would think if you have a lot of string riding the rail real hard, you'd want to watch real close.

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    Re: Rail lube?

    Post by Armymedic.2 on Sun Sep 27, 2015 8:14 pm

    My string has an ever so slight tension to the rail.  It will be a good test case.     I want to lube it i. A way to see if there is any performance gain.    But thats just me being curious about my new toy i suppose

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    Re: Rail lube?

    Post by Armbrustier on Mon Sep 28, 2015 1:32 am

    That's the reason they started applying bone on top of the crossbows rather early in time, (but I don't know exactly when).

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    Re: Rail lube?

    Post by Armymedic.2 on Mon Sep 28, 2015 5:22 am

    Ah yes the bone overlay on the table.   I was very tempted to do it on my bow.   I did just recieve another prod though.......

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    Re: Rail lube?

    Post by c sitas on Mon Sep 28, 2015 6:16 am

    I know the Geezer on here says to adjust your string tension so that it just "kisses the rail." My self ,I would rather  a little tighter. I have had a couple of missed hits resulting in a partial dry-fire. I suppose the type of nock used would have some bearing on this also.Also the down pressure of the arrow keeper spring.

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    Re: Rail lube?

    Post by Geezer on Mon Sep 28, 2015 10:30 am

    Rail lube?  I really like spray silicone. It's slick, doesn't gum up and makes your bolts/string go zoomly.
    Ideally having the string just kiss the top of your stock should work best, but if you're having misfires anyway, perhaps you've got a string-hop, or maybe the relationship between string diameter and bolt diameter is badly out of whack.  Adding nocks to your bolts can help avoid string-hop, but if everything is properly aligned, you shouldn't need them.  Geezer

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    Re: Rail lube?

    Post by Armymedic.2 on Mon Sep 28, 2015 7:14 pm

    Any specific brand you use geezer?

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    Re: Rail lube?

    Post by Geezer on Mon Sep 28, 2015 8:34 pm

    Specific brand?  Naww, just whatever they've got at the local hardware shop.  It doesn't stain, doesn't smell bad and makes your bolts go faster.  Geezer

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    Re: Rail lube?

    Post by Armymedic.2 on Tue Sep 29, 2015 5:01 am

    Good to know thanks ill give that a try too!   I was too worried about hurting the finish with my modern xbows lube, but silicone seems about as plain jane as it could be

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    Re: Rail lube?

    Post by Outlaw on Mon Nov 09, 2015 5:28 pm

    Hey Geezer,
    I'm new at this. Any idea about long term affects on the string with silicone? I know it won't hurt the glass or composite or other solid materials

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