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    Post by Vince Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:49 am

    Hi,

    I go by Vince.  I am truly new to the world of crossbows but have always found them fascinating. I am going to attempt to make one for myself. I came across this forum and found it very interesting with lots of good information.
    My two main questions before I try to build 1) The trigger mechanism. I see a lot of good designs but I am not sure about how to obtain the necessary material. I have seen where some have forged their own aluminum...I do not want to go that route so wondering if there is other resources.

    Secondly, not quite sure of the type of stock is best to go with (design I mean).  Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Again this is a great forum and love all the topics--I have much to learn!
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    Post by phuphuphnik Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:52 am

    Where in Il are you? I'm in Aurora. I'm happy to help, especially if you;re local. I still have some delrin if you need a nut, but I'm running out fast.
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    Post by Vince Thu Feb 26, 2015 12:32 pm

    I am in Woodridge--work in Downers Grove
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    Post by phuphuphnik Thu Feb 26, 2015 1:09 pm

    Shoot, you're right next door. Some weekend we could get together, I have several bows with different triggers, you can try them out.
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    Post by Vince Thu Feb 26, 2015 1:12 pm

    Sounds like a plan--It would be good to see in person--I am more of visual person.
    thanks for the invitation.
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    Post by kenh Thu Feb 26, 2015 5:28 pm

    Vince -- as in many areas, there really is not definitive "best" anything - stock style, or action.  Some of us favor the simplicity of a Skane type push pin action; others revel in the classic roller nut and tickler; still others love hi-tech multi-pivot mechanical contraptions.  Some thing is true of stock types. 

    Spend some time reading and checking things out here before you make the leap to buying parts, wood, etc. and starting your build.
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    Post by Vince Fri Feb 27, 2015 6:45 am

    Thanks Kenh,

    I have been doing research and reading. I am pretty sure I would to try the classic roller nut. I do not think I have the skill level for hi-tech mechanism.
    I appreciate your insight.  All good points.
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    Post by Vince Fri Feb 27, 2015 7:29 am

    Tinkerer can you explain what delrin is? is a type of strong Plastic?
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    Post by kenh Fri Feb 27, 2015 8:14 am

    Delrin(tm) is a very "slippery" hard plastic; not quite as slippery as Teflon(tm).  When you make a roller nut you reinforce the bearing surface of the Delrin, where the tickler presses against it, by embedding a short piece of all-thread or a short bolt.
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    Post by Vince Fri Feb 27, 2015 8:17 am

    Understood--thanks very much for the explanation.
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    Post by Geezer Fri Feb 27, 2015 8:41 am

    It's my understanding that Delrin is a proprietary name for poly vinyl chloride (PVC) no doubt somebody will correct me if I'm wrong.  The group is good about that. Geezer.
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    Post by mac Fri Feb 27, 2015 8:51 am

    As far as I can tell, Delrin is DuPont's http://www.dupont.com/products-and-services/plastics-polymers-resins/thermoplastics/brands/delrin-acetal-resin.html version of the stuff described here...  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyoxymethylene

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    Post by kenh Fri Feb 27, 2015 8:52 am

    Yup.  Not PVC, which is  MUCH softer...

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