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    Review of the Maximilian from New World Arabelst

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    Review of the Maximilian from New World Arabelst

    Post by Basilisk120 on Fri Jan 07, 2011 12:09 pm

    Here are some pictures of the bow in question: http://www.flickr.com/photos/swifthoundbows/sets/72157625564511304/

    This is the long overdue review of my Maximilian crossbow from New World Arbalest. Some of the extras that I ordered with the crossbow were the heavier 150 pound steel prod, bow irons and micarta track insert.

    Fit and Finish: This one beautiful well made crossbow. The one thing everyone has commented on when looking at the bow is how well it is made. The various bone, brass and micarta pieces that are in the tiller are all cleanly done with no gaps. The tiller itself is walnut with some type of matte finish that really compliments the look of the bow in my option. The wood working is really top notch.

    Feel: The “feel” of the crossbow is what surprised me the most. The Maximilian, when held in a shooting position, felt very different from my other crossbow and from anything else I have shot. Looking back it should have been expected. The butt of the Maximilian has roughly square cross section which gives it a unique shoulder feel that took a bit of getting used to but works for that bow. The other thing that I noticed was the weight and balance of the Maximilian. With the bow irons and steel prod it has some heft to it and put the weight more forward than I was expecting. But in this case the weight can help to stabilize the bow, keep it from feeling squirrely in the hand and gives it a bit of presence.

    Shooting: I have only been able to get to the range a couple of times but so for when everything is going right it I can really put the bolts on target. I am looking forward to seeing what I can do with this crossbow when I get some more practice under my belt. As for which method of holding the Maximilian works better, either the classic “rifle” method or the traditional on the shoulder method? I tried both personally prefer holding it more like a rifle but the stock does look like it was originally designed to be on the shoulder and works well for that. It really came down to comfort and what I was used to. I did notice that it does have some strong vibrations when shot. I am looking to try some heavier bolts to see if that will help quiet the Maximilian down. Currently I am using bolts with 11/32” Port Arthur Cedar shafts and 125 grain points going to try some thicker oak shafts with 160 grain points and see how it reacts. Any excuse to get more range time is good.

    Odds and Ends: With the vibrations from shooting I noticed that the bow irons can loosen up and the prod can shift a little. So I centered the prod and marked the inside so that I have a quick reference to align too. And make sure the irons are tight before going to the range.

    Summary: Ok I’ll wrap this long post up by saying that Maximilian is defiantly a good buy. It has a unique and solid feel that really lends to good shooting. I am very happy with it and consider it money well spent.
    I'll rate the Maximillian 5 bolts out of 5



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    Re: Review of the Maximilian from New World Arabelst

    Post by Todd the archer on Fri Jan 07, 2011 3:53 pm

    Awesome crossbow basilisk, but not surprised considering who made it!
    Have you ever had a chance to shoot you crossbows thru a chonograph? While I love the aesthetics of a well made crossbow I am fascinated by how well they perform.
    Also how long is the draw length?
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    Re: Review of the Maximilian from New World Arabelst

    Post by Lightly on Fri Jan 07, 2011 6:45 pm

    Thank you, Basilisk! I am so glad you like it.
    That finish is, I believe, the beeswax finish, rather than the Tung Oil that I usually put on. I think that you wanted the beeswax, if I remember correctly?

    As I said before, the bone and brass bits were all extra that I put on for you. While the bow is perfectly fine without them, I really like the look of the bone at the tiller end, and around the trigger, it 'completes' the bow, IMHO.
    The brass thumb bits on the top of the stock are fairly traditional, I confess it was easier to do the brass rounds as I simply needed to drill the correct size, and inlet them. The hard part there is sanding as smooth as possible, as one needs to use both a metal file and a wood file...

    Geezer tells me that often that thumb measure was a shell, carved into the top of the stock, called a pilgrim shell.

    If you have any feedback for us, it would be appreciated. In the meantime, enjoy it!

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    Re: Review of the Maximilian from New World Arabelst

    Post by Basilisk120 on Mon Jan 10, 2011 4:17 pm

    The total draw length is around 12 inches long, don't have a measuring tape handy right now. I'll see about updating when I can find one.

    Lightly- I was hoping that it was the beeswax finish. I wasn't sure if you did that so I didn't want to say anything but it is a nice looking finish and add something different to the usual finishes I have seen. I think it will be a nice possible extra if you want to keep using it.
    How hard was it to do? And was it straight beeswax or a combination. I think it was discussed elsewhere but drawing a blank were to look right now.



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    Re: Review of the Maximilian from New World Arabelst

    Post by Basilisk120 on Mon Jan 10, 2011 4:32 pm

    I forgot to add: no I haven't had a chance to try it out through a chronogragh yet. I might be able to get my hands on one. I am interested as well and to see what the difference is between a light bolt and a heavy bolt.



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    I fell n love with the Maximilian

    Post by Moon on Wed Jan 12, 2011 6:45 pm

    when I first saw it. The slim lines and lighter weight were what I was looking for and it is ideal for hunting and just walking around plunking at pine cones, etc. Being a life long tinkerer that loves gadgets, I spend lots of time with modern crossbows and equipment but the Maximilian presents a challenge and offers a fun factor that modern crossbows can't begin to equal. I am confident that medieval pattern crossbows will gain popularity as the modern hunting crossbow boom continues. I am permanently hooked on this method of flinging arrows and will do my best to introduce it to as many bowhunters and crossbow hunters as I can. I will soon begin my feeble effort at building my first Maximilan hunting crossbow and will post progress and quetions to those here that are experienced builders.

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