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    Hunting crossbow 19th century style

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    Hunting crossbow 19th century style

    Post by jeep on Tue Oct 29, 2013 12:46 pm

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    Slurbow finished ,a new project on the way: A 19th century style,Belgium hunting crossbow. I'll use two 150# fibreglass prods.The original one had steel bow around 400# but only 6" power stroke and something like 200/250 fps. Mine will be 9 1/2" power stroke for bit more then 300#, the result should be interesting.

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    Re: Hunting crossbow 19th century style

    Post by jeep on Thu Dec 12, 2013 3:23 pm

    Sight folded for storage or transportation.Now I will change the trigger guard witch is not adapted for this model, I also have to put a safty. Soon I'll make a transportation case. 

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    Re: Hunting crossbow 19th century style

    Post by chaz on Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:25 pm

    Jeep,

    The Top Line of Cool ! The trigger gaurd, the sights ,brass work, the inlays,the bow iron set up....
    the whole project is Great !

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    Re: Hunting crossbow 19th century style

    Post by jeep on Fri Dec 13, 2013 5:47 am

    Thank Chaz. As you know when you do something you always have a critic look about it. Still few things to do but I like it ! Now I have to be rude with it , it is test time ! Hope it will resist.
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    Re: Hunting crossbow 19th century style

    Post by Hotspur on Fri Dec 13, 2013 7:28 am

    Very nice Jeep, 

    I love the brasswork.

    Well done.
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    Re: Hunting crossbow 19th century style

    Post by kenh on Fri Dec 13, 2013 2:36 pm

    Great "steampunk" look to this build Jeep.  Very nice work!
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    Re: Hunting crossbow 19th century style

    Post by Todd the archer on Fri Dec 13, 2013 3:19 pm

    Looks awesome, love the lines and proportions.

    Great Job!

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    Re: Hunting crossbow 19th century style

    Post by jeep on Sat Dec 14, 2013 7:54 am

    Thank you all, appreciation of fellow, skilled, builder is a great encouragement.

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    Re: Hunting crossbow 19th century style

    Post by Hermit on Tue Dec 17, 2013 12:32 pm

    for some reason,the pictures of your crossbow just came up,I could'nt see it before,nice job Jeep,looks as tho' it was made years ago,the only thing that gives it away,is the phillips head screws,but that's minor,thanks for sharing it.
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    Re: Hunting crossbow 19th century style

    Post by jeep on Tue Dec 31, 2013 7:16 am

    Adventure is always at the corner with crossbow!  I have started the shooting test . First abrasion problem : the bow is so strong, that when spanning with the le pushing lever, the string is pressed so hard on the deck, near the nut that it wear down. I solve it adding a wedge at the end of the lever to lift and not press the string down.

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    Re: Hunting crossbow 19th century style

    Post by jeep on Tue Dec 31, 2013 7:19 am

    Then after, first shooting the string go over the bolt and produce a dry shooting. the end of the tiller exploded!

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    Re: Hunting crossbow 19th century style

    Post by jeep on Tue Dec 31, 2013 7:49 am

    I repaired,changed the string and re-design the nut, doing it more level with the deck, by the same occasion I add a clamp to the the stirrup.( Fatal mistake! I was lazy enough to use a clamp I had designed for other crossbow , it was to narrow could not distribute the shock of shooting to all of the bow contact width...As I say already, I have tendency to overdraw the bow and here we have two of them!!! ) I choose the wrong bolt with a weak butt: the pressure disintegrate the bolt and the backlash helped by the small clamp break one of the two bow....
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    Re: Hunting crossbow 19th century style

    Post by jeep on Tue Dec 31, 2013 7:52 am

    The bow break up.

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    Re: Hunting crossbow 19th century style

    Post by jeep on Tue Dec 31, 2013 8:02 am

    Before explosion I could shoot 5 bolt: Mann what a power!! 35 yard at 0 elevation! It is exactly what I wanted, this crossbow is designed for at least 6o yards accurate shooting. I will have to be more modest with draw-length, probably removing one centimetre. But the double bow concept is perfectly proof and promising. So will see next year to put a new one and follow the trial. But let put it that way: I learn a lot of things!!! And I witch you all a happy new year.
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    Re: Hunting crossbow 19th century style

    Post by Gnome on Tue Dec 31, 2013 11:31 am

    Jeep,
    That broken prod looks a lot like my first attempt at stacking multiple steel pistol prods. I wonder if you tillered down the ends of the secondary prod so they could flex more, so that there wasn't so much stress in that one spot for the primary prod? I really want to try this, but I'm hoping you'll perfect the technique first!
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    Re: Hunting crossbow 19th century style

    Post by jeep on Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:51 am

    Here the broken prod. As you can see it break at the contact point of the two prod. Apparently I cut the second one to short end I don't file the contact corner. I also have to make the draw length about 1 o 2 centimetres shorter.

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    Re: Hunting crossbow 19th century style

    Post by jeep on Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:56 am

    on the second picture you can see the two white dot produce by the wear. I spanned the prod 15 time and shoot it 5.  So more setting ahead!!

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