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    Still needs a final, shorter string, anti dry-fire, safety and a buttplate. I might pad the cheek rest and add a rail for red dot.

    Even with the long string it's pulling about 160# and shooting like a dream.

    I used my typical nylon and stainless roller nut. Happy to provide details if anyone is interested.
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    Post by Geezer Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:51 am

    Yes, by all means, shorten your bowstring before testing to about 3.5 inches of brace.  As is, the string is going to bound forward on release, and either cut itself, or knock that nice little fore-sight housing into the next county.  Otherwise it looks very pretty.  Geezer.
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    Post by actionbow Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:57 am

    Yes, I always start with a long string so that if I get misfires I don't destroy the bow. Learned that trick the hard way.

    Thanks for checking it out professor.
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    Post by c sitas Sat Mar 31, 2018 11:42 am

    Actionbow , A nice work of art there. I like the cheek rest. It's things like that , that show the fore thought of design and will go a long ways toward accurate shots. A really nice looking and  sound looking rig.As was mentioned , to start with, I would eliminate the metal hoop to start with.
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    Post by actionbow Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:48 am

    That would not be a good idea. If you look at the bow, its a single bow with split for the cock fletch to shoot through. That foresight is there to keep the bow from flexing and splitting the bow and the crossbow body. Its the simplest solution I could come up with. Steel under the bow and that front piece.
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    Post by c sitas Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:37 am

    well then, go second best like the modern ones do . Line the front edge with some decent rubber hos, and call it a string stop. I use these on all my home made crossbows. I just repurpose older compound bows for the limbs and wheels.. They end up around one to one hundred twenty five pounds in pull weight.
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    Post by actionbow Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:16 am

    I had actually considered that, using it as a string stop. The brace height keeps the string from hitting but it's close enough that if I add rubber it'll tap it.
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    Post by actionbow Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:21 am

    Also, I put the final string on it this weekend and shot 100 or so arrows through it. I'm VERY happy with it's power. Shoots very fast and fairly quiet. I have a couple details to fine tune and then I'll post a video shooting it. Playing with this flat bow prod is making me want to make more. They're so easy to build and very effective. This one is just shaped Ipe and fiberglass belly and back.

    This bow is for my brother-in-law. We are planning a hunting trip for this summer/fall. Crossbow hunting is illegal here in Oregon so it will be a road trip. Anyone have any destination suggestions?
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    Post by c sitas Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:44 am

    I'd be willing to have you in Wisconsin. No guarantees of coarse.
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    Post by actionbow Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:53 am

    We have an RV so we don't need accommodations. Just some mountains and licenses. 

    What are the crossbow hunting laws in Wisconsin?
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    Post by c sitas Wed Apr 04, 2018 6:47 pm

    In Wisconsin, we have no mountains.We have what we call bluffs.They are not mountains but, they'll test your metal. 
    I don't have a currant copy of the laws but these would be real close.   A non resident licence was $160. This might have been raised some . Crossbow has to be at least 100 pound pull. They must shoot at least a 14" bolt. Broad  heads must be at least 7/8" wide. Can also use stone heads Any type of mechcanical heads can also be used.Season generally starts mid September but, it's still awful warm then. Middle to late October is better. When it's too warm we have mosquito's big as pigeons.I'm an older bow hunter of about 40 years plus. I still bow hunt but ,at different times I've used the crossbow. I make my own compounds. We have untold  public also. I don't eat the horns  but Wisconsin boasts some real bucks. Oh , by the way you can kill anything  as long as it's a deer.
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    That sounds perfect but it's a bit far from me in Oregon. 

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    Post by Crossbowmen Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:38 pm

    Looking great men!! Can you share your wisdom about the flat bow. I'm trying out different homemade bows but bought a fiberglass bow because nothing was really pulling what I wanted. Now I don't have much time to work. Luckaly its almost vacation   woot2 woot2
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    Post by chaz Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:36 am

    Actionbow,

                Would be interesting about the rollernut and trigger assembly. Very nice.
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    Post by koosdup Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:47 pm

    That is just a thing of beauty, well done. You can always come hunt in South Africa, my son is a PH. Not sure if I could mention his name and detail, could be seen as advertising.
    How about some build plans, I would really like to build one like that. Will obviously not nearly look as nice as yours:D
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    Here it is at full draw with a red dot on a temporary mount. I have the rail ordered and the arrow clip will attach to that.

    I will post some shots of the nut and trigger/sear next time I take it apart. It's as basic as can be but works really well. The roller nut is a little complex but not too hard to build. I use nylon and stainless for my nuts. It has about a 5 or 6 lb trigger with a spring to reset the nut position after firing.

    Koosdup, sorry, I don't offer build plans and almost all of my crossbows are originals. I could post a bit about my process though and I am always here to help along with the knowledgeable folks on this site.
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    Post by actionbow Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:25 am

    c sitas wrote:... I make my own compounds....
    I would love to see some of your home made compound bows if you have pictures.
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    Post by actionbow Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:47 pm


    Shooting and sighting in this weekend. Getting pretty good groups at 20, 25 and 30 yds standing. Going to do a little tuning and revisit.

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