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    Hi, ive already completed a simple crossbow, now a question to give me direction.

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    Hi, ive already completed a simple crossbow, now a question to give me direction.

    Post by wdh1974 on Thu Jul 21, 2011 7:48 pm

    Greetings,

    Been a trad archer for over 12 years and have made a few board bows, decided to try crossbows and im loving it much more so far!

    My question is i have no intrest in heavy crossbows, so 70# will be my max and i feel safe with that number tillering out a wood prod 36in or so in length. Will this weight allow bolts to fly up to 40 yards and stick in 3d targets, if not, whats the minimum givin my stated requirements of weight and prod material. I can use carbon bolts if needed, thats not an issue, tho making them will be ALOT more fun.

    Oh, forgot, my ugly first crossbow was 53lbs at 12 in draw, with a 2x4 stock, and 36in red oak prod, and a top mounted level type trigger! ugly as sin but it works...kinda, i already see ALOT of improvements heh.
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    Re: Hi, ive already completed a simple crossbow, now a question to give me direction.

    Post by Todd the archer on Thu Jul 21, 2011 8:06 pm

    Welcome to the forum, I think that weight would work fine. You just need to use proportionaly lighter arrows or bolts and you should be able to achieve the same speed as a heavier set up.

    There is a lot of info here so look around and feel free to ask any questions.

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    Re: Hi, ive already completed a simple crossbow, now a question to give me direction.

    Post by wdh1974 on Thu Jul 21, 2011 9:13 pm

    Hey, thx for the reply!

    I gota say, watching my first chopped down 13 inch alumnium shaft with duct tape fletching fly 30 ish yards was exciting! lol

    I learned alot from just looking att he bow, such as a thicker string and a better slot for the bolt to rest it, better angle on the prod for less string drag, and a MUCH MUCH smoother surface than a old 2x4 stock, i think crossbows are up my ally, i love the tweaking and mechanical aspects of this, yet its still trad archery

    Thx again for the replies, love the forums!

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