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    Post by 89JeepYJ on Tue Nov 17, 2015 9:28 am

    I started archery about 6 months ago, bought a laminated longbow. Later I ordered an Avar recurve bow from Hungary. Then when I went to a Ren festival I saw a hickory longbow for sale. I gave in and bought it. My love for archery hasn't stopped. I still enjoy making primitive arrows and target shooting in my spare time. Haven't went hunting yet, maybe next year.

    I don't own a crossbow yet, I have a 70lbs steel crossbow prod. Since my woodworking tools and skills are limited, I'm going to make a simple notch lock/push pin crossbow design. I've looked at some crossbows from New World Arbalest and Swifthound bows, I'm thinking about buying a more powerful crossbow.
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    Post by Geezer on Wed Nov 18, 2015 7:16 am

    Hello there, 89Jeep, Geezer here:  My apprentice/journewoman Lightly and I operate New World Arbalest and Swifthound, respectively. 
    Making a basic crossbow isn't really terribly hard, and since you already have a light prod in hand, why not give it a try? The 70 lb prod should be a great starter unit, and when you get the itch to build a stronger one, you can either refit your first stock with something stronger, or build a new one, stressed to take more power.  When you're ready for a more powerful bow, I can recommend three suppliers.  Garvin's Slobows, Alchem Corp, and Darkwood Armory.  All of these outfits make reliable steel prods as well as some other parts that should make the building process a bit easier.  Take a look at their web pages.  Geezer.
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    Post by 89JeepYJ on Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:27 pm

    Ironically I ordered a crossbow from Swifthound. Just a straight bow with 125lbs steel prod. Also, the steel prod I have was from slobows. I have the bow irons as well, but I wanna save those for a stronger crossbow later down the road. How much poundage can a derlin nut withstand?
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    Post by Geezer on Wed Nov 18, 2015 2:42 pm

    How much power can a Delrin lock withstand?  I don't know, but it will certainly take all the power I'm willing to apply.  I won't build anything over 200 lb. draw.  Geezer.
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    Post by MePilot1 on Wed Nov 18, 2015 4:09 pm

    How much poundage can a derlin nut withstand?

    Well I had a delrin nut that withstood 265+ lbs. But I reccomend using elforyn instead, read my topic for more https://thearbalistguild.forumotion.com/t1468-my-flemish-redone#14091
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    Post by Geezer on Wed Nov 18, 2015 4:47 pm

    Geezer here:  Hey there MePilot: thanks for the heads-up on the elforyn.  It looks like a great replacement for Delrin/horn at a pretty reasonable price.  I'll buy a piece and try it out!

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