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    Post by Todd the archer on Tue Jan 10, 2012 7:09 pm

    Here is my latest purchase: a Middleton DTM315

    It shoots a 350 grain arrow at 315 fps. It is actually the slowest bow they make.

    Weighs in at 5 pounds. Very accrurate. Some what loud especially compared to your basic medieval crossbow. Has a nice crisp trigger, athough it does not compare to my own crossbow I made that uses a double set trigger mechanism. All in all a great hunters crossbow that is rugged and trouble free.



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    Post by Ivo on Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:37 pm

    Interesting bow.

    As I remember Excaliburs have Flatbow like limbs, and the interesting part about them is the technology used to make them - where a resin impregnated bundle of is pressed and cured inside a mold...the bundle itself is of uniform thickness(diameter), but the limbs get their tapering (tillering) right there as they are pressed in the faltbow shaped mold. The fibers spread through the mold and get distributed in such a way that some parts are thicker and narower making them stiff (string nocks and bases of the limbs that get mounted on the riser), while the working middle portion of bow is the part where fibers are spread wide and flat (thin) making that portion of the limb more flexible. This really fascinated me when I first heard of such a technique, but with the above bow it seems the limbs are of uniform width? Are the limbs straight when unstrung?

    Thanks for sharing. Smile

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    Post by stoneagebowyer on Wed Jan 11, 2012 3:16 am

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    A nice weapon, Todd.

    Here is my own new toy, a Birthday / Xmas gift to myself. This is a Horton Scout 125. I almost hate to admit it, but I am a huge fan of the AMC program The Walkiing Dead. I'd wanted a modern crossbow for a long time, and thought that having the same bow as the character Darryl Dixon would be cool. I came across a website about the guns used on the show by each character and details of how they are used in the program, flash bang replicas, etc. So, I ordered this one. Now no zombie is safe in my neighborhood, and the report from a centerfire cartiridge won't attrack an annoying swarm of the undead.

    The bow pulls at 125 lbs, and shoots a 20" bolt / arrow at 250 fps. When I was sighting it in (on Xmas Eve, my actual birthday), I had to place the straw archery target on the ground and put my foot on it to get the bolts out, so it has some nice punch. The 25mm red dot sight is nice to have, too. The above shot group is my second one ever with this bow, shot from the bench. My first group was in the very top edge of the target, so you can't see the holes in the paper target. It took about two hours to get it sighted in.

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    Post by Todd the archer on Wed Jan 11, 2012 3:36 am

    Nice crossbow Dane.



    Ivo, my limbs are uniform in width measuring an 1" wide their entire length. The thickness is 13/32" where it bolts to the riser and near the tips 1/4". the limbs are straight when unstrung except for the mild recurved ends. The riser itself is reflex much like the newer Excaliburs (the older Excaliburs had straight risers). My old Excalibur had the straight riser which although was 200 pounds was a little easier to string up compared to the DTM315 which is 180 pounds, which no doubt is due to the added reflex on the DTM315.



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    Post by roonie on Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:26 pm

    i like your table
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    Post by stoneagebowyer on Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:44 pm

    The shooting bench? That is part of my gun club's indoor range. We have the only indoor 24/7 range in the entire region. One of the reasons I joined up initally. We are in the process of entirely updating the range, new ventilation, lighting, etc. It looks better now than when I took that photo.

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    Post by stoneagebowyer on Wed Jan 30, 2013 4:28 pm

    roonie, you meant Todd's table. It pays to address the person you are talking to Smile
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    Post by roonie on Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:49 pm

    stoneagebowyer wrote:roonie, you meant Todd's table. It pays to address the person you are talking to Smile

    shudda hit the quote option ...sorry. Yeah the first table is nice...hehe
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    Post by RAPTER on Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:39 am

    hi people

    i am new to crossbows in fact i don't even own one and have never shot one but i am trying to build me a crossbow that matches the best if u guys have any advice please help i have downloaded some designs and like the re-curve bow design the best PLEASE HELP!!
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    Post by stoneagebowyer on Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:14 am

    Raptor, everyone is here to help each other. Probably it would help to be a bit more specific about the designs you want to attempt. Just saying recurve is probably not enough, as most crossbow prods are recurved. I prefer medieval designs, so that is what I focus on. You can acquire and improve on the skills you will need, but it takes time and hard work. Remember to start at a crawl before you can walk or run. We all have to start somewhere.

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    Post by Tinker on Sun Feb 24, 2013 4:51 pm

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    Post by Hotspur on Sun Feb 24, 2013 5:32 pm

    Tinker wrote:EXCALIBUR has a new MATRIX series Xbow that is a drop-dead cool piece of machinery. Below is the 380 (fps) model. I opted for his little brother the 355.
    Beautiful with stack-em-in accuracy cheers


    I was playing with one of these at an outdoor show today. Looks like Excalibur has upped the anti. They have shortened up the dims a fare bit for a nice compact bow, all while keeping the speed up. There is an anti dry-fire mechanism, a synthetic stock with an aluminum rail and what looks like a cast aluminum riser.

    Looks like it'll get the job done Tinker.
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    Post by Tinker on Sun Feb 24, 2013 7:05 pm

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