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Author Topic: Bad limbs on my crossbow!!  (Read 1035 times)

Offline MI_Bowhunter

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Bad limbs on my crossbow!!
« on: September 27, 2017, 08:27:33 AM »
I went to grab my Middleton 355SS to shoot last weekend and found on limb twisted and the other has a splinter.  I have taken a turkey and a deer with this bow over the last couple years and it is my go to hunting bow.   I had not shot it in a couple months and found it this way when I grabbed it to go to the range.

I tried contacting the manufacturer but so far have not gotten a response, which from what I have been able to see, is pretty much the norm.

I found out through another crossbow forum that I can make the Excalibur Matrix limbs fit this bow with only a slight filing of the limb pockets so I am pursuing that route.   I called Excalibur and have a set of Blemished limbs heading my way.   The blems were only $100.  If it works,  it's better than scrapping a otherwise perfectly good bow.

I won't have it for the opener this weekend but hopefully I will have it up and running before the season is over.    I do have other bows I can use, this was just my favorite for hunting.

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Re: Bad limbs on my crossbow!!
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2017, 09:01:33 AM »
I hope you get everything worked out. Anyone have any clue how that happened? An explosion with the force of a crossbow at full draw would not be pretty!
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Re: Bad limbs on my crossbow!!
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2017, 11:26:55 AM »
Wow wonde rwhat happened?? Sorry but it sounds like Excalibur has you covered. Let us know how the limb replacement works out.
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Re: Bad limbs on my crossbow!!
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2017, 11:41:22 AM »
Hope you get it up and working soon...best of luck with the opener!
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Re: Bad limbs on my crossbow!!
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2017, 02:48:49 PM »
is it possible it overheated? i've seen that on compounds w/ laminated limbs
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Re: Bad limbs on my crossbow!!
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2017, 06:53:53 PM »
Good luck on your replacement Crossbow!

If you were not so far away I would lend you my Parker BuckBuster CB. I got lots of deer with it. I dont need it as primary CD as I bought the Parker Concorde CB and looking to use it hunting for the first time this weekend.

I replace the strings every other year at my local pro shop. He checks it over if any other adjustments are needed.
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Re: Bad limbs on my crossbow!!
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2017, 07:43:09 PM »
Good luck on your replacement Crossbow!

If you were not so far away I would lend you my Parker BuckBuster CB. I got lots of deer with it. I dont need it as primary CD as I bought the Parker Concorde CB and looking to use it hunting for the first time this weekend.

I replace the strings every other year at my local pro shop. He checks it over if any other adjustments are needed.

I appreciate the gesture but I actually have two other bows.  An Excalibur Phoenix and a Barnett Raptor.  This was just my favorite hunting bow due to its weight and balance.  Like guns, I just can't live with only one.   LOL
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Re: Bad limbs on my crossbow!!
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2017, 11:36:32 AM »
A good reason that all of us make sure our manufacturer of choice backs up there product. One of the main reasons I bought a Mathews crossbow was that it is guaranteed for life. I also use a local bow shop to support them and to have repairs available by trained specialists you almost NEVER find in the big box stores.
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Re: Bad limbs on my crossbow!!
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2017, 07:29:38 AM »
Still no contact with Middleton but I have received my Limbs from Excalibur. Just need to look it over and see exactly what I need to do to get it done.
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Re: Bad limbs on my crossbow!!
« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2017, 08:23:16 AM »
I hope it works for you and you get it fixed soon @--0--0118
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Re: Bad limbs on my crossbow!!
« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2017, 12:08:26 PM »
Good luck with the fit.

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Re: Bad limbs on my crossbow!!
« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2017, 07:27:35 PM »
OK, I got to work on it tonight and have the limbs fitted,...I think.

I put the riser 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.

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

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Re: Bad limbs on my crossbow!!
« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2017, 08:29:11 PM »
How much material needs to come off on a given side?  Sounds like you're on the right track, keep the material removal balanced, and keep the notches or sharp edges smoothed out so you don't create a stress concentrator that would end up cracking your riser . . . patience.  I assume that's an aluminum riser?  If it happens to be magnesium be a bit cautious if you have open flames around, those shavings will light up, although I doubt you have enough material to make much of a fire.  Only other thing I can think of is to get some guidance on how much clearance to leave in the limb pockets so you don't end up with hard interference as limbs are loaded up or temperatures change
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Re: Bad limbs on my crossbow!!
« Reply #13 on: October 04, 2017, 08:44:42 PM »
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.

Once I get the new string I'll get some better pics outside instead of against the basement floor. LOL

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Re: Bad limbs on my crossbow!!
« Reply #14 on: October 04, 2017, 08:46:52 PM »
How much material needs to come off on a given side?

Not much but I did end up taking it pretty much right up to the threads for the braces.  These do not hold the limbs in, just help keep them in place.
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