Here's my plan in a nutshell. Split limbs, fiberglass backed hickory (with metal prod limbs to follow if the bow proves worthy), I will be making this a single shot with a slide mechanism and handle cocking device. There will actually be two handles that join into one when fully cocked. I don;t know if this design or parts of it are unique but I am really looking for design feedback. I know some of my elements are not the usual crossbow fare so I am really open to idea or concerns about the design.
Basically I have a sort of "reed trigger" design that I have been working on that I think will work well scaled up. Basically, it's the repeater style cocking with a slide that moves back and pulls the string. I won't be building a fixed hopper on this because I want to use fletched bolts but I want to build an optional hopper attachment that can be mounted for "automatic" style shooting with fletchless bolts.
The reed trigger is just a flexible piece of reed material that slides with the assembly and comes to rest over the trigger pin which levers the string out of it's catch. I will start drawing up some design ideas and posting them here...if I don't just go ahead and build it.
Either way, pics to follow!