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    Using bow limbs for a crossbow project

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    Using bow limbs for a crossbow project

    Post by Kale Schlegel on Thu Oct 04, 2012 1:59 pm

    Ok. I bought a bow a few months ago from a yardsale for $30. The local archery store clerk said it'd take about $100-130 to get it back into working order. I refused to pay that so I thought to myself last night, "could I take off the limbs from a bow and simple make a reverse draw riser from scrap steel?" I have no idea on how to remove a string from a compound bow without maiming myself, has anyone tried such a project? Anyone have any help on how to remove the string? Could I simply replace the stock string with steel cable? And finally, the bow is set at 60 lb draw, is there a way to amp that up for when its a crossbow?
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    Re: Using bow limbs for a crossbow project

    Post by Todd the archer on Thu Oct 04, 2012 5:37 pm

    To take a string off a compound bow usually require a bow press. There are other cruder ways but it would be to hard to explain. Steel cable doesn't work as well as regular bowstring material but can work. As far increasing draw weight that is limited to how far you bend the limbs which I would not bend any further than when in it's original setup and how you arange the leverage of the pulleys (cams) and so forth. Basically you are traveling untested ground and advise to procede with caution.

    No need to reinvent the wheel, I would study existing designs and use that as a guide.



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    Re: Using bow limbs for a crossbow project

    Post by JoergS on Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:24 am

    Why not using the whole bow and make a crossbow from it?

    http://slingshotchannel.blogspot.de/2011/08/project-making-crossbow-from-old.html

    Here you can see it finished, in action:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_8AI3KeLE0

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    Re: Using bow limbs for a crossbow project

    Post by jeep on Fri Oct 05, 2012 5:39 am

    The canon is something!!! By the way how many cats do you have ? They are living dangerously!!!

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    Re: Using bow limbs for a crossbow project

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    I have 3,5 cats (three resident tomcats and one female cat that only comes to eat once a day).
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    Re: Using bow limbs for a crossbow project

    Post by Kale Schlegel on Fri Oct 05, 2012 3:55 pm

    Idk , the bow I have is outdated and cumbersome. Thought id see how the limbs themselves would do.

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