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    Old Crossbow Plans

    Post by benjaminh123 on Mon Feb 23, 2015 5:48 pm

    Hello Everyone;

    Could you give me your thoughts on these two old crossbow plans:

    http://vintageprojects.com/archery-plans.html
    http://blog.modernmechanix.com/build-a-hunters-crossbow/
    http://blog.modernmechanix.com/ye-atom-smasher-a-modern-crossbow/#mmGal

    Any concerns; would any work?
    I am looking for a simple crossbow plans.

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    Re: Old Crossbow Plans

    Post by c sitas on Mon Feb 23, 2015 8:37 pm

    That last article doesn't look bad at all. It would take some patience  though. You could end up with a decent

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    Re: Old Crossbow Plans

    Post by benjaminh123 on Mon Feb 23, 2015 8:41 pm

    Any Problem with the first plan? That is the one that is the most detailed

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    Re: Old Crossbow Plans

    Post by phuphuphnik on Tue Feb 24, 2015 6:14 am

    Babbitt for the nut? well OK... a bit soft. I have seen the older Modern Mechanix one at a flea market. It worked and looked nice. The guy was more than happy to demonstrate it, even had the magazine to go with it!

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    Re: Old Crossbow Plans

    Post by c sitas on Tue Feb 24, 2015 7:34 am

    Terrible heavy though. Almost same as lead.t's been said that you loose a lot of power that way.Being soft ,I don't see the trigger working very well.

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    Re: Old Crossbow Plans

    Post by Hermit on Tue Feb 24, 2015 4:04 pm

    I agree with Phu.Babbit would come in behind steel, brass, bronze, horn or delrin for nut material.Babbit is an excellent bearing material,but not very suitable for a nut,Imho.
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    Re: Old Crossbow Plans

    Post by kenh on Wed Feb 25, 2015 8:10 pm

    IMHO the "problem" with plan #1 is that it is only calling for a "30-50 pound draw" lemonwood bow.  That's why you can get away with Babbitt for the nut.  Make a better nut, substitute a cheap 80# replacement prod and scale the action/slide mechanism for a shorter cocking stroke and you might have an interesting project.

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    Re: Old Crossbow Plans

    Post by benjaminh123 on Wed Feb 25, 2015 8:14 pm

    If you continue down the first article they show a second crossbow using a steel prod

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