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    Post by banuvatt Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:44 pm

    Hi have been looking into making some crossbows that will shoot spherical objects for my friends. In the beginning I was leaning towards bullet crossbows otherwise known as pellet bows. The crossbows that have two pillars and a leather pouch in the middle. But, but once I learned that they can occasionally misfire and shoot backwards if the pouch turns a full 180. I now am considering a slurbow a crossbow with a barrel preferably metal that has one string and shoots spherical objects. I was wondering about a trigger mechanism and any sort of design or plan. That shows the inner works of the crossbow and it's trigger mechanism.
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    Post by kenh Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:05 pm

    Payne Galway -- The Crossbow... It's available free on-line.
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    Post by banuvatt Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:11 pm

    I already looked through the book and read it. But I'm more of a visual learner, the book lacked diagrams, images, plans showing the inner mechanisms of what the trigger mechanism looked like.
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    Post by Wildtech Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:36 am

    You might look at some that use a rail system with one string.

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    Post by banuvatt Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:53 am

    I have seen these before they use a shuttle instead of a barrel and a slot for the string to slide back and forth.
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    Post by banuvatt Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:17 pm

    Personally I am a big fan of the Belgian target crossbows that have a metal barrel they use them at Popinjays.
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    Post by banuvatt Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:49 pm

    Thank you though for the help, I like the idea of using a sled because of how universal it is. I want to use my crossbow for target shooting and small game. In your guys opinion which is the best and most effective design performance wise? I have read different things that, the crossbow with the slotted barrel is the best because it makes direct contact with the string, therefore it has the least amount of weight. Or the one with the sled because it is interchangeable all you have to do is take it off then you can switch back from balls to bolts.
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    Post by c sitas Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:43 pm

    I have never used the adapter. There used to be one made by a European company.  It was some sort of plastic. Put on and take off in an instant. Even had a provsion for holding the ball,ect. Was also cheap to buy. If you want to know about some negative ball shooting ,just ask the Geezer  on this forum.He'll no doubt, inform you.
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    Post by banuvatt Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:53 pm

    I heard about the stone bow ricochet incident. I know that bullet crossbows(crossbow with two pillars and a pouch in the middle) aren't the safest. I'm glad I will most likely not build or shoot those without decent eye protection.
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    Post by banuvatt Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:54 pm

    I think it was a German company you're talking about.
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    Post by Andy. Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:43 am

    https://www.kostka-sport.de/KOSTKA_Lightning_for_crossbows_-_for_shooting_solid_lead_balls_with_your_crossbow.html
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    Post by c sitas Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:32 am

    Although I never used the factory made unit, I stole their idea and made my own. It worked alright.
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    Post by banuvatt Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:02 am

    I think the only problem with this idea is that it decreases the draw length and adds mass.
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    Post by banuvatt Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:41 pm

    If you watch Joerg Sprave he made a ball repeating crossbow with a sled.
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    Post by c sitas Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:11 pm

    yes, on the draw lenght. I thought this was maybe a good idea. I don't think a small lead ball of about 180 grains would unload the bow properly. You would be dry fireing the bow. Bows don't live long under those conditions.I'm sure thats why they use the long reach like they do.
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    Post by banuvatt Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:14 pm

    Yeah I figure since the sled have such a long length it would also explain why they have lightening holes.
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    Post by Geezer Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:30 pm

    You can turn a standard crossbow into a slurbow, capable of shooting balls, by making a second grooved section to turn inverted over an ordinary grooved top. I did this with an experimental bow years ago. The projectile ran between the two grooves, pushed by an ordinary bowstring.  If that gives problems, one can always use a 'force-bead' of wood or plastic, fitted over the bowstring, to push the projectile along.  I supported the extra grooved track at the absolute fore-end of the stock, well clear of the bowstring at stop, and at the back, with a bracket made to fit where I would normally place a bolt-clip. We used it to shoot balls and also padded bolts for combat games.  Then I mounted a peep and post sight on the new grooved section for accurate shooting.  It was fun: I eventually sold it to somebody.  Geezer.
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    Post by banuvatt Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:44 pm

    Ah thank you very much for the for your advice, and the explanation. I imagine you are referring to something like this?
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    Post by banuvatt Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:45 pm

    I wanted to maybe build a slur bow with a metal barrel because it will shoot a lot faster. Since the metal is smoother there will be less friction and resistance making the ball fly cleaner out of the barrel. Another reason why I would rather build a slurbow with a metal barrel then a wooden table over the track is just because it simply looks cooler lol. As I said before I really like the Belgian target crossbows with the metal barrel they use for Popinjays. I wanted to make a couple of these for my friends, for both target shooting and small game hunting.
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    Post by banuvatt Sun Jul 21, 2019 4:08 pm

    Look at this beauty I found it on some French site I would like to build something like this but maybe something perhaps more simple lol.
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    Post by banuvatt Sun Jul 21, 2019 4:14 pm

    I wanted to maybe put a magnet into the barrel enabling me to shoot steel ammo and the ability to shoot downwards.
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    Post by c sitas Sun Jul 21, 2019 5:15 pm

    Good find Banuvatt,  notice how short the draw is. Find a tube the size of the ball you want to shoot.Get a cheap fiberglass bow from the  ebay and your in the drivers seat.
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    Post by banuvatt Sun Jul 21, 2019 5:20 pm

    How heavy should the ball weigh to avoid dry fire?
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    Post by c sitas Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:11 pm

    Well I'm not familiar with the weight of a steel ball. Only lead. 1/2" lead ball is fifty caliber and weighs 186 grains.I make these myself , also use them for black powder rifle. It just strikes me that lead is heavier than steel. There are ways you could make a holder for the lead ball also.  Magnet would be no good to you.  Where do you live?
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