Central European styled crossbow using the Payne-Galway prod dimensions.
Massive ! Used heat treated 5160 but the cast wasnt too inspiring. Have'nt shot the thing in a couple of years. Originally built for alligator hunting but havent gotten that far east yet. Whole thing is heavy 15lbs + including cranequin. Keep thinking of using heavier bolts to see if that is more ballist-
ically efficient. Do plan to restock it some time using a horn nut and topplate
ditching the solid steel ones I have now - should save a few pound.
Next to try is a horn and sinew composite. If the zip is there the lighter weight
should make it more practical in the field. Have sinew - lots of cowhorn on
Ebay and in the back section of Muzzle Blasts . Add time and inspiration.
Out on the west coast near Morro Bay CA hence the jabafish handle. Have
done more spearfishing and built more spearguns than anything. Also longtime
gunsmith. Did just finish off a flintlock Jaeger which is still a bit modern for
this site. See lots of interesting stuff here and will be back time to time.
Best wishes and good shooting Jim Beck