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    Post by sydney1942 on Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:20 am

    Hi just starting my 1 st crossbow--finding information and parts
        Can t find information on installing a tickler with a spring
         help would be appreciated
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    Post by banuvatt on Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:00 pm

    installing a tickler Image006Does this picture help at any chance?
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    Post by banuvatt on Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:11 pm

    If you don't have a leaf spring you can also use a coil spring you will just have to put it in a different place. installing a tickler B17c75bd0b5e24c25c54587531687cdd
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    Post by banuvatt on Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:56 am

    Just follow what the second picture has, but if you want a coil spring instead of a leaf spring replace where it says 3 with a coil spring.
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    Post by sydney1942 on Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:49 am

    Hi  Thanks for the help
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    Post by banuvatt on Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:29 pm

    No problem anything else you would like to know?
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    Post by sydney1942 on Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:21 pm

    Hi yes there is--what is the best way to install the spring??
        
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    Post by banuvatt on Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:34 pm

    Depends which spring do you want to use?
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    Post by sydney1942 on Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:44 pm

    Hi  i was thinking a flat spring attached to the tickler--saw a picture form Tod s stuff
         Also i was going to order a 140 lb prod and string from Slobow 
           any ideas on the prod??
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    Post by banuvatt on Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:07 pm

    As you can see in the first picture the spring is attached with a screw. For the prod attachment you can use steel wedges or a cord bridal.
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    Post by sydney1942 on Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:14 pm

    Hi  i was wondering what you thought of Slobow prods or was there any other options??
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    Post by banuvatt on Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:23 pm

    You can buy those 150 fiberglass prods online probably cheaper and will be more effective. Just use wooden wedges instead of metal if you want to use a fiberglass prod, or you can use a cord bridal.
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    Post by sydney1942 on Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:26 pm

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    Post by banuvatt on Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:33 pm

    What were you thinking of doing? A steel prod is more historically accurate it's just the problem with steel it's more expensive and it has more mass therefore it wouldn't shoot bolts as fast as a fiberglass or even a wooden prod. Also I think steel is a bit more dangerous when it breaks cause steel it doesn't snap it tends to shatter, but if you wrap it in leather or back it with cord it should be fine.
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    Post by sydney1942 on Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:02 pm

    Hi i thought i would go with steel and use a braided cord safety strap 
        It won t be used a lot as i a rifle/shotgun  shooter
        I build a few rifle stock and this looks like a good change of pace and challenge to build
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    Post by banuvatt on Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:06 pm

    Is it just going to be a wall hanger and occasional shooter?
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    Post by sydney1942 on Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:14 pm

    I do have a recurve bow and use it some---  i have been thinking about a crossbow for
        7 or 8 years---a couple of weeks ago i started to draw it  using autocad
        the irons and tickler ect i can get cut by plasma if i supply the  autocad drawings of the parts
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    Post by banuvatt on Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:34 pm

    Have you ever thought about using a leaf spring for the prod? You can get it for a low price if you go to a junk yard and also you can modify the draw weight to suit you.
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    Post by sydney1942 on Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:51 pm

    I have thought about it but wondered about  using and old spring and the safety factor
    Not sure how you would get a braided strap through the irons without damaging the strap
    i guess  i could  cut some clearance in the irons but then not use a stirrup
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    Post by banuvatt on Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:10 pm

    Would you not want to use a cord bridal instead of steel wedges? If you want to use steel wedges why not put like some leather or a piece of wood in front of the cord backing to protect it?
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    Post by sydney1942 on Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:22 pm

    Good idea--i could  put a heavy piece of leather between the prod and the stirrup
         to protect the safety strap and still use irons without cutting the strap
         
         i have the goatsfoot  drawn and if i can decide on some of the small details
          i will get them cut next week
         thanks for taking time to help
         Have you built a few crossbows ??
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    Post by banuvatt on Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:55 pm

    I built crossbows but mostly prototypes, I read a lot on crossbows. I am currently working on one right now.
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    Post by sydney1942 on Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:25 pm

    i will let you know when i get the parts cut
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    Post by banuvatt on Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:27 pm

    Since we are on the topics of the trigger mechanism of the crossbow what are you going to make the nut out of?
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    Post by sydney1942 on Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:14 pm

    Hi  i thinking brass as i have a supply of brass shaft and a small lathe
         i would drill a few holes below the surface to get rid of some weight
         I saw a picture of a leather strip glued to the prod and they claimed
         it was the best safety strap
         Any thoughts on either ??
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