Crossbows - Everything about Building, Modding, and Using your Crossbow Gear

Latest topics

» Knot to secure nut twine?
by fester Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:19 pm

» any sneaky hints and tips?
by stuckinthemud1 Sat Aug 11, 2018 5:57 am

» Plans and materials for my first build
by chilihook Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:36 am

» Looking for some help Identifying this crossbow
by Hjoken Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:03 pm

» Greetings from Central Connecticut
by chilihook Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:09 am

» how deep should I recess the nut?
by stuckinthemud1 Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:19 am

» Ball shooting Crossbows worth the bother
by topfmine Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:25 am

» Marble Shooting Crossbow
by JacobL Mon Jul 30, 2018 12:27 am

» My first Crossbow
by Geezer Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:58 pm

» bridle eye horn re-enforcing examples anyone?
by stuckinthemud1 Sat Jul 28, 2018 5:19 am

» Blocked pictures by Photobucket
by topfmine Sat Jul 28, 2018 3:18 am

» Italy palio tournament style bullet bow
by septua Wed Jul 25, 2018 7:22 pm

» Wooden Crossbows - Seeking Info
by Franck Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:16 pm

» crossbow prod material/what type of steel
by Franck Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:11 pm

» my composite crossbow lath project
by stuckinthemud1 Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:35 pm

» Limb harding\ tempering ?
by ragumup Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:03 am

» how made homemade (reverse) crossbow ?
by Ricardo Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:56 pm

» Pump action crossbow (powerful)
by Ivanhoe Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:50 am

» nut from antler
by OrienM Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:50 am

» Nut from a pool que ball?
by drawknife Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:29 am

» Trouble with my Gafa
by drawknife Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:56 am

» Do all triggers Have claws - what types and claw or no claw
by globalmark Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:19 am

» For Sale: Masai Crossbow
by TonyU Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:15 pm

» Medieval composite bows
by juanjo Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:10 am

» yew and sinew prod help needed
by stuckinthemud1 Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:34 am


    Ball shooting Crossbows worth the bother

    Share

    topfmine
    Fresh Blood

    Doesn't mean
    I'm new to crossbows


    Fresh Blood Doesn't meanI'm new to crossbows

    Posts : 17
    Join date : 2017-08-14

    Ball shooting Crossbows worth the bother

    Post by topfmine on Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:17 am

    First topic message reminder :

    Been looking at ball shooting crossbows to see if they have the potential for accuracy compared to using a bolt/arrow. Also the life of the limbs/ prod firing a light ball, lighter than a bolt/arrow that it was designed for. Seen some reasonably priced cheap end ball/arrow shooting crossbows just to give it a go and to see if i could make one, but not worth the effort if these are just a fad or gimmick. what do you guys think and has anyone used or own one, can't seem to see any reviews on the web. https://www.surplusstore.co.uk/armex-hawk-of-the-forest-ii-recurve-crossbow.html
    See here as an example. Thought shooting a ball would benefit in not loosing arrows or bolts. Also would lead be better than steel ball especially bearing in mind the ricochet factor.

    topfmine
    Fresh Blood

    Doesn't mean
    I'm new to crossbows


    Fresh Blood Doesn't meanI'm new to crossbows

    Posts : 17
    Join date : 2017-08-14

    Re: Ball shooting Crossbows worth the bother

    Post by topfmine on Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:50 pm

    I was very surprised how hard it hits with 44 cal lead balls with the 50ib prod. I tried 9mm lead balls and they seemed to fly much harder and flatter out to about 100 meters without a proper guide which i am making for a dedicated size 8 or 9mm.
    avatar
    JacobL
    Tinkerer

    If there is a will, there is a way.


    TinkererIf there is a will, there  is a way.

    Posts : 69
    Join date : 2017-07-30
    Age : 17
    Location : Manitoba, Canada

    Re: Ball shooting Crossbows worth the bother

    Post by JacobL on Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:19 pm

    What setup are you shooting with? Is it a slot with a shuttle to shoot the ball?

    50 pounds is good enough should you have a good bow. I recently made a bullet crossbow with a 60 pound prod and it works just fine.

    topfmine
    Fresh Blood

    Doesn't mean
    I'm new to crossbows


    Fresh Blood Doesn't meanI'm new to crossbows

    Posts : 17
    Join date : 2017-08-14

    Re: Ball shooting Crossbows worth the bother

    Post by topfmine on Thu Aug 02, 2018 2:49 am

    I just wanted to experiment and make a small compact crossbow, so i robbed a prod and string from a cheap chinese crossbow pistol with a metal prod which is a pressed steel type. The whole construction going the modern looking way was made from 20mm square metal tubing brazed together to form a stock with the tiller made from 16mm thick tubing slotted for the bow string to slide up and down which fits perfectly into the 20mm stock held in with a butterfly screw for quick take down. The prod had to be canted at an angle to allow the string to sit centre of the tiller slot. The release mechanism is a simple quick release catch clamp or toggle clamp used to hold down work pieces. I used this as a release for a slingshot rifle i made, its very strong and i have added a return spring on it for better release and to hold the clamp in place when the bow is cocked, works perfect. The whole look of the ball shooting crossbow is very simplistic and modern in looks. Al i have to do is make a insert for the middle of the 16mm tube so a matched ball can run true down the middle. At the moment it shoots quite straight and narrow with a lose fit down the square tube but would be much improved with a new made liner.The sights  which are adjustable are constructed from the steel tubing by cutting shaping and forming. One i have perfected it by sorting the ball to fit liner i will blast clean it, phosphate the steel work and black wrinkle paint the steel frame work.
    avatar
    JacobL
    Tinkerer

    If there is a will, there is a way.


    TinkererIf there is a will, there  is a way.

    Posts : 69
    Join date : 2017-07-30
    Age : 17
    Location : Manitoba, Canada

    Re: Ball shooting Crossbows worth the bother

    Post by JacobL on Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:59 pm

    Sounds really nifty, would love to hear more about it as you make it, keep me updated. The 16mm tube serves as the barrel, right?

    topfmine
    Fresh Blood

    Doesn't mean
    I'm new to crossbows


    Fresh Blood Doesn't meanI'm new to crossbows

    Posts : 17
    Join date : 2017-08-14

    Re: Ball shooting Crossbows worth the bother

    Post by topfmine on Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:25 am

    Yes it serves as a barrel which is 12.5mm id. It can fire bolts which i have made without fletchers and made a jig which cuts out 4 evenly spaced flutes at the back of the bolt about 3 inches as a fletchless bolt, you can have three flutes if you want made from 12mm dowel with a flat head made from studding connectors which are smooth rather than nut shape about a inch long just machine the dowel down so the connector thread takes a bite into the shaft to screw on. The barrel tube when its made will accept a metal liner which is slotted and bored at 8.2mm to take ball or it could take a 8mm fletcht bolt.

    Sponsored content

    Re: Ball shooting Crossbows worth the bother

    Post by Sponsored content


      Current date/time is Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:34 am