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    Alternative stirrups?

    Post by TheCorvus on Sun Mar 06, 2016 6:23 am

    Hey everyone! My crossbow plans have been on hiatus for a while due to a combination of moving and lack of metalworking ability (my buddy who was gonna make metal parts for me is currently deployed to Saudi Arabia and thus unavailable), but I have been looking into building a simple Skane-style crossbow using the 120lb steel prod I still have kicking around.

    My only issue is figuring out a spanning mechanism. I want to use a stirrup but I don't have the skill, the tools, or the space to try and smith my own. I was wondering if perhaps something like a loop of rope could serve as an alternate, or if anyone has had success with a stirrup-style device that didn't require any smithing to make.

    Thanks and wish me luck hahaha
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    Re: Alternative stirrups?

    Post by Xamllew on Sun Mar 06, 2016 7:17 am

    A simple rope loop for a 120lb draw weight would definitely work, at least until you can get a solid stirrup made. Just make sure to occasionally check for fraying in the loop, wouldn't need the thing coming undone while you're drawing it. Laughing
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    Re: Alternative stirrups?

    Post by kenh on Sun Mar 06, 2016 7:32 am

    No reason a rope stirrup won't work.  I does on my Skanelock crossbow.
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    Re: Alternative stirrups?

    Post by TheCorvus on Sun Mar 06, 2016 7:53 am

    Okay cool thanks for the advice!

    I intend to get the build started in the next week or so, I'll post a new thread with updates once the madness begins Smile
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    Re: Alternative stirrups?

    Post by Geezer on Sun Mar 06, 2016 5:20 pm

    Geezer here:  Rope stirrup for a Skane bow?  It should work fine.  In fact, the original Skane Castle crossbows (found in the moat under a collapsed wall) have no stirrup, but there IS a hole thru the stock just in the right place to take a rope or leather loop for a stirrup. We have no idea if the originals had a rope loop, but why not?  I say go for it.
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    Re: Alternative stirrups?

    Post by Onager Lovac on Tue Mar 08, 2016 4:19 pm

    How heavy are you dude?, i mean, i know its non of my business but maybe you can load your crossbow without a stirrup, check it out[img:2e24]http://www.servimg.com/view/19373834/31][/url][/img][img:2e24]http://www.servimg.com/view/19373834/32][/url][/img] i load it by placing the butt on the ground and pushing the string down with my hands, it has a draw weight of 115 pounds, i weigh 145 and i can load it pretty easily, i think a 120 lb bow would be no problem to load in this manner and it doesn't hurt my back at all.
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    Re: Alternative stirrups?

    Post by Onager Lovac on Tue Mar 08, 2016 4:31 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ADsizYNJUw here is a video of a guy spawning his crossbow like this

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