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    Post by African Archer on Thu May 23, 2013 1:10 pm

    Hi guys, thought you might like a sneak peek at my latest bow. it is nearly complete, just waiting for the prod and nut to arrive from the shop. the tiller is Afzalia. it it very similar to my last bow, except i have left the deck off and lightened it quiet a bit.
    the prod will draw about 250 lb at 8 in. the bolt is 40 grams and made from Merabu.

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    Post by Todd the archer on Thu May 23, 2013 3:45 pm

    Very nice work. Keep us up to date as you progress.

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    Post by African Archer on Sun Jun 02, 2013 12:59 pm

    Well here it is, 250lb at 8in, and its a beast. It throws the same bolt at about the same speed as my first crossbow and its draw is much lighter. I put this down to the fast flight string and the fact that when i designed the cut files for laser cutting, i lifted the tips. from center of knock to knock sits about 2mm above the deck, reducing string angel to just about nothing when strung. It cast a bolt right through a 16mm peace of ply at 20m this afternoon. Hope you guys like it. The bolts weigh in at 620 grains.

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    Post by chaz on Sun Jun 02, 2013 2:00 pm

    Beautiful...........very nice !

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    Post by Todd the archer on Sun Jun 02, 2013 2:58 pm

    Great work for sure!

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    Post by jds6 on Sun Jun 02, 2013 4:00 pm

    Great work indeed, very nice!!! Love the bolt clip!

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    Post by African Archer on Mon Jun 03, 2013 12:50 am

    Thanks guys, its amazing how easy it gets once you have made one , things just fall into place , I'm very chuft about the prod , that slight tip lift makes huge performance difference, really worth it.
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    Post by Stonedog on Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:00 am

    Out of curiosity, is it legal to hunt with where you live?

    If so, do you plan on using it to hunt?
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    Post by African Archer on Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:36 am

    Stonedog it is legal to hunt with, as long as it meets the norms and standards set out for hunting with archery tackle, in about 3 weeks I'll be hunting with my 400lb bow, this one is going to be tested by a magazine called SA bow hunter, I'm trying to build a following in this country, as our trad bow hunting is big.
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    Post by kenh on Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:52 pm

    Congrats! Looks like a great bow. Good luck on the test hunt too. What will you be going after?
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    Post by African Archer on Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:00 pm

    Kenh the farm is kulling kudu at the month so prob one of those, hope it works out, been a while since iv walked and stalked anything except my bed, impala and wort hog is also an option.
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    Post by Stonedog on Mon Jun 03, 2013 5:04 pm

    Nice! I knew trad archery was big in your country...now for trad crossbow hunting to follow!
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    Post by African Archer on Tue Jun 04, 2013 12:05 am

    Well that's the idea, and I have the editor of the mag very interested a swell , so hopefully we can get SA interested in these traditional crossbows, globally, hunting with them isn't done much as far as I can find out, except for the country that don't allow it, I can't understand why, they are more than capable of getting the job done and its a challenge doing it.
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    Post by kenh on Tue Jun 04, 2013 6:34 am

    For your next bow you can use kudu or impala horn from this hunt, and Jarrah or Blackwood to make a real medieval-style wood/horn composite prod!
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    Post by African Archer on Tue Jun 04, 2013 6:59 am

    Well that would be somthing , I haven't even given composite prods a thought, wouldn't no where to start with building one of those, but let's see if I come right been a long time since iv hunted.
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    Post by Hotspur on Sat Jun 22, 2013 2:30 pm

    Hey AA, nice work.  Let us know how the magazine article works out.  I would like to hear about the hunt as well.  Lets have a look at that 400lb!
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    Post by African Archer on Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:20 am

    Hotspur thanks I still haven't sent the bow to the mag, iv been putting it off because I want to hunt with it, this weekend and the next, I'll be hunting, it is so sweet to shoot and no spanning rope, if I come right I'll post pics if the big boys of this sight don't mind, and as soon as the article is done I'll put a link up for it. The 400lb is here, look for , first crossbow complete, I like it, but it has nothing on the 250lb bow.
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    Post by Gnome on Wed Jun 26, 2013 2:01 pm

    You craft beautiful weapons, AA.
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    Post by African Archer on Mon Jul 15, 2013 1:14 am

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    Post by Spyro.Magno on Tue Aug 27, 2013 12:54 pm

    Can i ask from where did you buy the prod?
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    Post by African Archer on Thu Aug 29, 2013 1:31 am

    spyro hi
    Rizzar had helped me with the dimensions and I had it made, its laser cut new spring steel , rolled to shape
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    Post by Spyro.Magno on Sat Aug 31, 2013 11:45 am

    So rolled and heat treated? 

    Damn i envy you guys! If i ask about just laser cutting they look at me like im an ufo
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    Post by African Archer on Sat Aug 31, 2013 2:11 pm

    as long as you have a cad file, most company who laser or water jet cut will do it for you the heat treating is the important bit, mine are cooked to about 34 Rockwell seems to do the trick.

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