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    Post by Euell Mon Mar 23, 2015 3:51 pm

    What to use to tie the prod in with, and what size should it be? Also is there a special way to tie the prod in? Because I don't want my prod to come off when shooting it.
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    Oh, Forgot to ask what is the little doodle that holds the bolt called, and where can I get one?
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    Post by Geezer Mon Mar 23, 2015 4:00 pm

    Medieval bows ordinarily used hemp cord the thickest I have found is 140 lb. cord.... that's about right.  Flax would work as well.  Failing that strong modern fibers like Dacron should do.  Cotton and polyester is right out.  Geezer
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    Post by Geezer Mon Mar 23, 2015 4:02 pm

    The little bolt is a 'boltzen klammer' Bolt clip or clamp.  I make mine out of steel banding material salvaged from the refuse bin at my favorite lumber yard.  Geezer
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    Post by Euell Mon Mar 23, 2015 4:21 pm

    Hey Geezer all I see here where I'm at is 20 lb. 120' and maybe some 48 lb. hemp cords. I'm I looking in the wrong places?
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    Post by Geezer Tue Mar 24, 2015 6:50 am

    There are several hemp suppliers on line.  I recently bought 4 rolls of 140 lb. hemp twine from a company called Hemp
    Basics... they're online 
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    Post by Euell Tue Mar 24, 2015 7:43 am

    Thanks Geezer, so I am looking in the wrong place.
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    Post by jds6 Wed Mar 25, 2015 4:17 am

    Euell, as far as tying in the prod go to Lightly's flickr photos on how to tie a prod on a medieval crossbow. There are about 100 photos there, and give you basically step by step detail on how to do it. Its how I tie in all my prods . Here is the link  htps://www.flickr.com/photos/swifthoundbows/sets/72157622267795263/

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    Post by Euell Wed Mar 25, 2015 10:09 am

    Thanks jds6 I'll be doing some internet searching.
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    Post by Euell Wed Mar 25, 2015 10:17 am

    Hey Geezer I found 120# and 140# hemp cords, witch one would you recommend, oh my draw will be at 120#.
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    Post by Geezer Wed Mar 25, 2015 11:18 am

    Doesn't much matter.  Either will work well: it just takes a few more turns of the lighter stuff.  In original bows, the cord used is rather heavier than thinner, but the thinner stuff is easier to bind up the  end-process.  Geezer

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