Steel Bow - A Mystery

toxophileken
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9:10 PM - Oct 05, 2014 #1

A friend from Bulgaria who used to frequent PP more often posted a link to this article on Facebook.  I thought some here would enjoy it.
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10:07 AM - Oct 06, 2014 #2

I have often wondered about the stats of steel bows.
Obviously spring steel would be very good as working limbs. But what i wonder is, how does the size of the limbs vs the spring weight compare. Obviously steel is denser than wood or fibreg... other common limb materials :-p. If you get the same weights from less material with steel then you have a chance of getting a steel bow that doesn't weigh more. And then further to that you'd have a chance of a steel bow with comparable limb weights and therefore limb speed. But who knows...? I've never seen any data on steel bows.
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12:09 AM - Oct 17, 2014 #3

One of my wife's friends has a Seefab Centaur bow which is made of spring steel --- very, very cool. I'd love to have one to keep in my truck.
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1:16 AM - Oct 23, 2014 #4

I recall a mini crossbow made of spring steel from the coiled springs that held old truck hoods up at the hinges. Powerful enough for rabits and such at a decent distance.
Once I was making some paleo mulch from a stick and after many hours was astonished to find myself holding a bow.
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5:56 PM - Mar 26, 2016 #5

Rabbits? Bear in mind that draw-weights in some instances became massive in cross bows using a spring steel prod. Payne-Gallwey mentions in his history of the cross bow the distance shot with a prod that drew 1000 lbs.

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8:25 AM - Mar 27, 2016 #6

Happy Easter

Here is a video all should see regarding bows made of steel:
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12:29 PM - Feb 08, 2018 #7

My father has a couple of metal bow sin his archery store. I recall they had awful hand shock


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1:05 AM - Jul 24, 2018 #8

I recall that a steel bow was found at the site of the Fetterman Massacre in Wyoming.  Saw aluminum flatbows in the 1950's and know they still market steel prods for crossbows (Italy or Germany?) I made a truck or car spring prod for a crossbow in college to be drawn with a steel cable string but decided against stringing or shooting it.  Imagine the damage a broken limb or snapped string could do to the shooting or by standers.  
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