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Crossbow limb issues.

Discussion in 'Crossbow' started by MikeD, Sep 23, 2017.

  1. MikeD

    MikeD I'm Your Huckleberry Staff Member Global Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    I pulled my MIddleton 355SS out yesterday to shoot a bit and noticed one of the limbs is twisting and the other is splintering.

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    I contacted the MFG but they have had a reputation for not getting back and I honestly do knot even know if they are still fully operating. It was a small operation, the guy has mad bow making skills but not so great at running a company.

    I also inquired on a crossbow forum if there were other options, waiting for some responses.

    It's been a great bow. I took my last deer and turkey with it.

    The Excalibur and Barnett are still shooting great so it looks like those will be my go to bows this year.
  2. John A.

    John A. I'm "THAT" guy Staff Member Global Moderator Forum Moderator

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    That's a bummer. And if I'm remembering correctly, you were quite excited to get that bow.
  3. MikeD

    MikeD I'm Your Huckleberry Staff Member Global Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    Yes!

    Most people have never heard of Middleton but it is a nice bow, the trigger is asesome.

    To me is was a perfect balance of size, weight and speed.

    Funny the xbow snobs all told me the Barnet Raptor was a POS but I pulled it out yesterday and it still shoots great.

    My old Excal Phoenix, despite being slow by todays bows, is still a tack driver as well.

    Luckly I still have backups for hunting.

    I'm weiging options as to trying to fit some Excal limbs to this bow or just cut my losses and sell it as a project bow or parts.
  4. Djcala

    Djcala 20g Supporter

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    I hope you find a fix i know how it is getting attached to certain items. I looked around over on archery talk seems a few have been trying to make contact. I dont know how old this number is but someone had posted it 1-289-400-8875. At least yo have a backup and a backup for that too.
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  5. MikeD

    MikeD I'm Your Huckleberry Staff Member Global Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    Things may be lookng up.

    From the feedback I got on the crossbow forums it looks like I can replace the limbs with those from an Excalibur Matrix series with a little modification to the bow. I was told the blem limbs are available for around $80. If that is true then it sounds like the way to go. I'll keep you posted.
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  6. MikeD

    MikeD I'm Your Huckleberry Staff Member Global Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    I have a new set on the way from Excalibur. Hope the advice was correct.
  7. John A.

    John A. I'm "THAT" guy Staff Member Global Moderator Forum Moderator

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    So the Mfg. wasn't helpful?
  8. MikeD

    MikeD I'm Your Huckleberry Staff Member Global Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    I have not been able to elicit a response from them, which seems to be the norn for several years.

    Hopefully I will eventually hear back but there are guys who have been trying for years. I knew that was an issue back when I bought it and took the chance with it.

    I'm ok with the frankenbow solution.
  9. John A.

    John A. I'm "THAT" guy Staff Member Global Moderator Forum Moderator

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    Hopefully the bow solution will work out for you.
  10. MikeD

    MikeD I'm Your Huckleberry Staff Member Global Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    I have received the limbs I orderred from Excalibur. I hope to figure out what I need to do to make them work and have them installed so I can test it this weekend.

    Not enough hours in the day.
  11. MikeD

    MikeD I'm Your Huckleberry Staff Member Global Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    OK, I got to work on it tonight and have the limbs fitted,...I think.

    I put the risor in the vise and kept taking equal passes with a file on each side until the limb would fit into place, then I hit it with light sand paper to get rid of any burs or sharp edges.
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    Waiting to get a little feedback from the experts on the CB forum before I proceed to make sure I am on the right track
  12. MikeD

    MikeD I'm Your Huckleberry Staff Member Global Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    Need a new string, the Middleton String appears to be a little short so I will pick up a slightly longer string for the Matrix series and try that.
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    Once I get the new string I'll get some better pics outside instead of against the basement floor. LOL
  13. John A.

    John A. I'm "THAT" guy Staff Member Global Moderator Forum Moderator

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    I'm hoping that gets you back in business again.

    Looks like you did a good job with the file and sandpaper.
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  14. MikeD

    MikeD I'm Your Huckleberry Staff Member Global Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    Installed the ADF and got it all together tonight.

    Shot it in the basement and it is functionally sound. Need to run it through the chrony to see if and how much the speed changed and adjust the scope.

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  15. John A.

    John A. I'm "THAT" guy Staff Member Global Moderator Forum Moderator

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    Glad that you were able to save it.
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  16. CaddmannQ

    CaddmannQ 12g Supporter

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    I have always wanted to build a crossbow. It seems like such a simple device that it's amazing how long it took human beings to invent it.

    But then I guess it wasn't really necessary until the invention of plate mail.
  17. Djcala

    Djcala 20g Supporter

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    Looking good Mike. Getting your baby back in action must feel good.

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