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    Post by TDHorton on Thu Aug 19, 2010 1:52 pm

    This might get me thrown off the forum, but I have to ask. For my first attemp at this, I'm making the bow for my son who loves to bow hunt deer and turkey. If he wishes to use the crossbow I'm making, would he be happier with a more modern rifle type stock vs medieval tiller in terms of accuracy and ease of operation? If yes, any ideas on where to find plans/drawing for such a critter?

    I may become a purest later, but for the first attempt, just want something functional for hunting.

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    Post by Geezer on Thu Aug 19, 2010 2:01 pm

    Terry: Though the medieval stocks have a lot to offer in simplicity and ease of building, if your son is an experienced shooter, he'll have a quicker learning-curve if the shape of his crossbow-stock is similar to a modern rifle. So why not build a medieval-type stock with a modern shotgun butt? My apprentice, Lightly is currently working on such a bow for a customer, who wanted a musket-butt. So far, it looks very promising.
    As you say, you can do something rigidly authentic later. Geezer
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    Post by TDHorton on Thu Aug 19, 2010 2:35 pm

    Thanks! That sounds like good advice. Now, where do I find a pattern or templet or even photos for such a hybrid?

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    Post by Basilisk120 on Thu Aug 19, 2010 5:35 pm

    In the general discusion area ( http://thearbalistguild.forumotion.com/general-discussion-f8/an-old-ilistrated-guide-to-building-a-crossbow-t100.htm ) I posted about a old (1950's) article on building a crossbow. The article may leave something to be desired but does have a pattern for a stock. Now that I look at it again it apears similiar to an a crossbow listed in Payne-Gallway's Crossbow book. I do recomend that book has lots of nice pictures of crossbow mechanism among other things.



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    Post by Regerald on Fri Aug 20, 2010 4:12 am

    Those two are swiss sporting crossbow from a first half of a 19th century:
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    There are also older ones with a same stock shape (if I remember correct, there was some (scout ?)troops armed with a crossbows of this type in Napoleon's army..
    So also a musket-butt can be authentic. Smile
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    Post by Basilisk120 on Fri Aug 20, 2010 11:26 am

    Ohh those are nice. Even though they technically don't fit my period for SCA I might just have to try and make one.

    Just a random idea. Splice an old stock from a worn out shotgun or muzzle loader on to a crossbow for stock shape you want. since crossbows don't have the recoil of a gun it might work. assuming you can find one of the above at a resonable price of course. Might have to start keeping my eye out for such a thing.



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    Post by TDHorton on Fri Aug 20, 2010 12:34 pm

    Regerald, that is exactly what I'm looking for stock wise!! Wish I could add some of the ornate stuff, but with my experience level (or lack there of) I'll be lucky to get the thing to shoot straight! Thanks so much!

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    Post by Ivo on Fri Aug 20, 2010 6:25 pm

    I did a topic earlier on custom stocks that might help you with dimensions a bit.

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    Once you have the rough measurements you can practice on a piece of styrofoam using a hot wire cutter to bring it to shape...see how it fits...and then do the final piece in wood.

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    Post by TDHorton on Fri Aug 20, 2010 6:38 pm

    Ivo, thanks! Good stuff. Styro is a great idea too! If you have the time, would like a reply to my "Did I make a mistake" post. Thanks again!

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