I made up 6 bolts today,  26″ long and varying in weight  from 6500  to 8379 grains.  Painting them day-glow orange seems to help visibility for the video.  I only managed one shot before the light turned sour. Here is some footage of that shot, slowed down 4 times.   20100223153553

The slow motion flight of the bolt is visible for 70 yards and a small spurt of white can be seen as it burrows  into a  patch of snow,  just outside the veggie garden.  Also,  this video clearly shows the bolt flying wide to the left.  More torque is needed on the port side bundle.   I will try and get more video as the tuning proceeds,  and  then we can see the shots finally straighten out.  Stats on this shot as follows: weight of bolt 8379 grains;   draw weight 3700 lbs; draw length 49″;  additional 7 1/2 degrees added to the top washer starboard side;  velocity 233 fps;  energy 1010 foot pounds.  I plan on getting the bundles balanced and the shots flying true, before applying the higher levels of torque to the bundles.   Nap now. ………

………Wake now.  Plonking in at 8379 grains,  the little bug in the above photo is going to be the fat Albert in the crowd.

However, it is nothing compared to this original beauty I discovered on ebay last evening.  Makes a chap think of hardwood sabots, it does.

One Response to “Day-glow”


  1. joel says:

    HOwdy!

    So thats how its looks from behind the trigger eh? Destroyed “my” only harpoon didya? hmmmmm…

    Im keepin a close eye on yer shananigans and me spies abound matey. Be takin care wit me harpoons…

    Keep watchin yer website counter, Im a-sendin them yore way…

    Cap’n Ballisticca.

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