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    Post by stoneagebowyer Mon Mar 19, 2012 2:46 pm

    One more question, if I can. I have a very heavy crossbow build I am now beginning to plan and execute, and plan to reenforce the front and back of the rolling nut socket with, I think, bone. But I was wondering what others might use, or something comporable to this. One material that comes to mind is horn, such as you can get in fairly heavy blocks from some vendors. Would horn be a viable material? For this one, I plan to construct the socket as a seperate unit and mortise it into the bow from above. I'm wondering what type of bone would be large enough to cut blocks that will then become the front and back reenforcement components, from a big animal, I presume. I expect to make this nut 1.5" OD, instead of my usual 1.25"

    I'd like to avoid metal, but other materials are on the table.

    The nut horns / ears are going to be reenforced with steel pins, as well. I like to think of this a the Brinks Armor Car cautionary approach. Smile

    Thanks in advance, fellow armbrusters.

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    Post by Geezer Mon Mar 19, 2012 4:06 pm

    Geezer here, regarding reinforcement of nut-sockets. Bone works fine, if you can find solid, un-pithy stuff. I've had my best success with moose-horn... the solid stuff from the base of the antler. I have also used axis stag horn. It's very hard, with only a tiny blood-vessel up the middle. Just remember, there's a difference between horn and horn. That is to say, ox and cow horn are not the same as moose or stag antler. The one is a lamellar growth product, like fingernail. Antler is ivory... as long as you can get hard antler, rather than the pithy stuff, I think it works better for roller-locks, bolt-rests and lock reinforces (lager blocks) Cow horn is substantially more flexible and easier to work than antler. It works reasonably well for lockplates, top-table, butt plates and inlays.
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    Post by stoneagebowyer Mon Mar 19, 2012 5:02 pm

    Thanks, Geezer, for your response.

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