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    Post by Tritonbob Sun Aug 04, 2019 1:21 pm

    Hi , 

    I wonder if any member could give me some advice on how to safely string and un string my 200 lb Medieval replica crossbow

    I've watched a number of tutorials on Youtube and un stringing it was not really a problem using a block of wood on the ground and applying pressure to one side of the prod , however trying to restring it was a real problem , it eventually took three strong men and a hook to eventually get the bow re strung !

    Any advice would be gratefully received also if anyone has built some type of jig to facilitate this if they could let me know please , a sketch or a drawing would also be gratefully received

    Thanks in anticipation
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    Post by Geezer Sun Aug 04, 2019 3:09 pm

    You need to look into bastard-string clamps. Payne-Gallwey's book (The Crossbow, Ancient and Modern) has a simple set that attach to the limbs just inside the nocks, but Harmuth's Die Armbrust has a better set that give you more leverage.  Fasten clamps to the prod, near the ends, tie a cord/rope to the clamps, draw back the limbs far enough to remove the string, then let off pressure on the bastard string/ cord and remove the clamps.  Geezer.

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