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    Finished another medieval style crossbow

    Post by Todd the archer on Wed Jan 19, 2011 4:03 pm

    Finished another crossbow. This one is more Germanic, short and stubby.

    It has a 205 pound prod from Alchem as well as the trigger and nut.
    Power stroke is 8" total draw length is 11 1/2"
    Tiller/stock is Walnut

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    Re: Finished another medieval style crossbow

    Post by Todd the archer on Wed Jan 19, 2011 4:06 pm

    Here it is compared to my previous effort:

    and here it is one over the other:

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    Re: Finished another medieval style crossbow

    Post by Basilisk120 on Thu Jan 20, 2011 2:44 pm

    Hey that looks like a nice little crossbow. Ok maybe not that little but still it looks good.



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    Re: Finished another medieval style crossbow

    Post by Scott on Thu Jan 20, 2011 3:16 pm

    Nice one Todd, is that a steel bow?
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    Post by Todd the archer on Thu Jan 20, 2011 4:51 pm

    Yes Scott that is a steel bow.
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    Re: Finished another medieval style crossbow

    Post by Todd the archer on Fri Jan 21, 2011 1:44 pm

    Just back from shooting it thru the chrony: 207 fps with a 428 grain arrow.
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    Re: Finished another medieval style crossbow

    Post by Ivo on Mon Jan 24, 2011 1:34 pm

    You're on a roll Todd. Very Happy

    I was going to mention the side hole roll hut socket issue with heavier weights, but after looking at the wall thickness around the nut I hesitated...instead, went with "When in doubt...start digging!"

    I was thinking about the crossbows you've build and revisited the spring hinge safety...A folding "flip-up" crossbow sight native to this style of crossbow can probably be made based on the same spring loaded hinge. It's a bit of clock work level tinkering, but a basic elevation adjustment peep sight is possible...I'll dig up some images/info and get back to your medieval crossbow sights topic. Smile

    As Moon likes to say...."Blistering Speeds" ...200fps is NICE...I'm wondering what my monster bow will crank out. Twisted Evil

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    Re: Finished another medieval style crossbow

    Post by Todd the archer on Mon Jan 24, 2011 5:31 pm

    As far as the strength around the nut, I feel most but not all the strain is between the nut and the prod. With the remaining stress on the trigger axle.
    I would like to see what idea you have regarding sights, but I do not think I am going to put sights on the ones above. Saving that for a future project. I am thinking something like a 1800's era schuetzen style concept. Thinking shoulder stock, double set triggers with claw over release, and prod mounted in the stock not on the end.
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    Re: Finished another medieval style crossbow

    Post by Moon on Mon Jan 31, 2011 7:46 pm

    Looks like I'll have more time to think about my drop-in trigger/roller night design. Shoulder rotator cuff and bone spur surgery coming up. what a bummer!!

    Todd, keep up with the good stuff. :-)
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    Re: Finished another medieval style crossbow

    Post by Todd the archer on Tue Feb 01, 2011 3:04 am

    Good luck on the surgery. So far my shoulders are good. Guess I am fortunate considering I used to shoot a 85# longbow regularly (now mostly 50-60) although I still use a 70 pounder to keep in shape.

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    seems to think archery is the reason for my shoulder problems. when I was 30 to 40 I shot and hunted with 3 long bows, 64, 75 and 81 lb Owen Jeffery bows (I'll let you guess which one I shot the most :-) Those days are long gone but it was fun.
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    Re: Finished another medieval style crossbow

    Post by Lightly on Thu Feb 03, 2011 10:23 am

    They are lovely, Todd.... what are the lockplates made from on the new bow? Did you rivet them on? And, it looks like walnut. Pretty wood...
    And, is that a notch in the butt of the tiller? If so, what is it for? and I see you bought/made a safety for the tickler...like a better look at that!

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    Re: Finished another medieval style crossbow

    Post by Todd the archer on Thu Feb 03, 2011 1:22 pm

    Thank you Lightly, the side plates are made from 1/16" galvanize steel use in construction painted flat black. It is screwed on with 5 oval headed straight slot brass screws. Notch in the end of the tiller is for using a standard rope cocking aid.
    Here is a pic of the saftey I made. I like it because you have to hold the saftey down while squeezing the tickler.

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