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    Hardening a tickler?

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    Post by Stonedog on Sat Sep 08, 2012 5:08 pm

    Do I need to harden anything on my tickler bought from Alchem or a simple trigger made from 3/8" thick steel used for welding? I bought it at tractor supply...

    It is 3/8" thick and 2" wide...
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    Post by Stonedog on Sat Sep 08, 2012 5:35 pm

    Well.....I found this topic already covered! I can harden the trigger here at home....not an issue.

    I have a 3/8" threaded bolt in the nut already....should I get another nut and use a hardened bolt or what? If I used a stainless bolt would I still need to harden?

    How would I harden the bolt....insert it and THEN cut it....already hardened....

    I guess I can always start out with what I already have and replace it as it wears.....
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    Post by Geezer on Sat Sep 08, 2012 11:30 pm

    If you're using 3/8 in. allthread or a mild-steel bolt for a sear-block in your crossbow nut, you probably don't need to harden it. In fact, there's one good argument for not hardening. If you make the sear really-really hard, the end of the trigger will wear faster than the sear does. When the inevitable wear starts to effect trigger-safety and release, it's lots more trouble reshaping/resurfacing the distal-end of your tickler than it is unscrewing a sear-plug. So if your sear-plug is slightly softer, it will do most of the wear... keep an eye on it. When it gets a bit rounder than you like, either unscrew and replace it, or just square it off a bit with a file. Might as well do it the easy way.
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    Post by Stonedog on Sun Sep 09, 2012 5:00 am

    Thanks Geez!

    Should I still harden the end of the tickler or leave it soft as well?
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    Post by Geezer on Sun Sep 09, 2012 6:57 am

    I don't generally harden ends of ticklers beyond the bending and forging process. However, though I start with 3/8 in. square mild-steel bar, I do flatten the upper end a fair bit to give me plenty of steel around the hold for the tickler's pivot-pin. That probably results in a certain amount of hammer-hardening. So maybe a leetle bit of hardening. Geezer.

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