When i decided to make a crossbow i looked around everywhere i could find to understand what to do and how to do it....and the learning process was "fun" with all of the mistakes!
Here is a picture of the bow i came up with
The bow has around 150# draw....i dont know how to get an accurate measurement but i used a barnett fiberglass prod and set it at their draw weight length. The stock is red oak and bocote and has a simple lever release. When i was making the bow i tried to design it so it would take away as many of the variables as possible....like groves for my thumb and fingers where i grip it, a cut in where my cheek rest against the stock so i am holding it the same everytime i shoot. The piece that holds the bolt is rounded on the bottom and has a stop for my 11/32" bolts so the bolt cant move after loaded and stops it from going past the string.
I also took the bolts and played with the lengths and weights for 20, 30 and 40 yards so i was aiming right under the bullseye instead of useing one standard bolt and having to aim at the dirt or way above the targets at 20 and 40 : ) It was a real pain in the arse! but has really raised my scores in only a very short time.
Now after i have built this one i have started thinking about the next....and how can i make it even better? I would definately like to use a metal prod but have seen and heard of problems with a good maker. ( i have seen some post about a certain seller and im pretty sure it is the same person! ) I just didnt know who to trust that sells them.
I am wondering about the clap locks but from what i have read the roller nuts are better but i didnt go with a rollar because you have to set them each time before you load and we have speed rounds and i need all the speed i can get! LOL
What i dotn know but was thinking about was couldnt you put a positive stop so that the nut wouldnt be able to travel far past the release and use a spring to make it go back into the locked position after shooting???
Lastly....and im sorry for the long post! but where can i get good parts in the future...prod, rolling nuts, clap locks and such?
Thanks all and i look forward to talking to you all in the future!!!