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David Ruff




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PostPosted: Tue 23 May, 2006 8:12 am    Post subject: Exotic wood crossbow - 380/450 lbs         Reply with quote

Greetings,

Am new here and just wanted to post up a project i just completed.

This is a swiss design made from leopardwood and madagascar ebony. The top is inlaid with solid hippo ivory and gemsbok horn. The ivory is legally obtained.

This bow has a 380/450lb steel prod that was hand made. The prod itself is capable of 550/650lb draw weight but was underdrawn for this goatsfoot lever bow. This is a mid range build for the company and the crossbow is VERY stout. Last week i was putting bolts through 1" laminate oak plywood at about 50 yards.






More pictures can be seen at: http://www.uccrossbows.com/2006koabuildpage4.html




Contact me for questions or for pricing.
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Joe Fults




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PostPosted: Tue 23 May, 2006 8:25 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Looks very neat.

How long does it take to build something like that?

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PostPosted: Tue 23 May, 2006 9:27 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Do you have any pictures/diagrams on how to use the lever?
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Jean Thibodeau




PostPosted: Tue 23 May, 2006 9:45 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Oh, as in my topic thread I would ask what kind of bolts do you use for practice and what kind of backstop is both safe to use:
No over-penetration and being able to pull the bolts out again ! There is a longer more detailed version of this question on my topic with a slightly different focus on power of crossbows versus longbows.

Oh, and welcome again on your first topic post. Cool

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David Ruff




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PostPosted: Tue 23 May, 2006 11:01 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for the comments


back stop wise on this bow - yes it is possible to stop them using normal field points and a large burlap bag full of loosely packed plastic bags. But if you use bodkins - no.... the bolt will shatter or go thru whatever your hitting.


quick wmv file is located at: http://www.uccrossbows.com/media/goatsfootcocking_0001.wmv

This shows the goatsfoot in action on two runs, i do not cock the bow however due to being in the front yard during filming and i will not cock this bow unless i am about to fire it.


This bow took about 82 hours to build - this includes all forge work, wood work ect. I had a hand in every aspect of the bow and in many things i was the builder/maker. The heavy prod is the only thing i did not have a direct hand in. This said however, i do and can make prods to about 2000lbs now on the forge.


This is a picture of the lever used

And these are the bolts it fires


And finally - i think the picture just looks cool - this is a 75lb prod coming out of the forge - i was taking the pictures. Credit for the forge goes to Wild Wolf forge in texas. My friend and partner is pictured doing the hot work. http://www.uccrossbows.com/sitebuilder/images/prod7-746x488.jpg


We are currently starting work on a 1700lb crank crossbow, i need to get fair/merchanting over with and then i can devote time on it more. But rest assured i will post pictures Happy
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PostPosted: Tue 23 May, 2006 11:08 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I learned to follow your link and see the answer to my question is 73 hours over six months.

Now a different question.

What did you use to bind in the prod?

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PostPosted: Tue 23 May, 2006 11:10 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

BTW the forging process photo is neat too.
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David Ruff




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PostPosted: Tue 23 May, 2006 8:46 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Joe Fults wrote:
BTW the forging process photo is neat too.



this bow was built over about 6 months and 73 hours. Its actually now at 82 hours and coming up on 7 months. I have tweeked the bow some and added things not in the pictures as they are about 4 weeks old. At this point it is pretty much done and i have stopped clocking time working on it.


The binding is hemp, i use this as it seems to add to a period look and it is easy to bind, it will shrink, but the downfall to it here in texas as the humidity rises - it seems to loosen. Over all i expect to rewrap this prod about every 300 shots. Which on a moderate crossbow (350 to 450 range) is a lot of shooting. <--- this is a conservative number of shots and mainly due to the summer humidity. Results in dry areas will increase shot count.
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