MIddleton Limbs compatability question

Discussion in 'Middleton Crossbows' started by MI_Bowhunter, Sep 23, 2017.

  1. MI_Bowhunter

    MI_Bowhunter New Member

    I received the Matrix limbs from Excalibur. They look great, not sure how they can sell them so cheap as blems.

    Hoping to find a few hours to see exactly what I need to do to make them fit and get it done.
     
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  2. Oppie

    Oppie Active Member

    Yep, good luck finding any blemish on them. Best deal going for us crafty guys.
     
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  3. MI_Bowhunter

    MI_Bowhunter New Member

    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.

    The original limbs had a metal spacer and a foam looking pad under them, do I need to reuse both of those components?

    Can I use the same string I had on the Middleton limbs?

    I still need to finish clamping it down but wanted to make sure I am on the right track before I go any further.

    Thanks

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  4. Oppie

    Oppie Active Member

    Yes sir, that looks like a fine fit. As for the metal spacer and a foam looking pad, limb liner, I feel you need a little something between the limbs an riser. Even a piece of plastic milk jug would work, my last one I used a piece of vinyl flooring cut & shaped. Have seen one liner done with deer skin. let it suck up some of the limb vibration.
     
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  5. MI_Bowhunter

    MI_Bowhunter New Member

    I think I may just leave it as it is (with the shim and pad in place) then and see how it works.
     
  6. MI_Bowhunter

    MI_Bowhunter New Member

    The Middleton string is too short, going to pick up a Matrix string and try that.
     
  7. MI_Bowhunter

    MI_Bowhunter New Member

    Excuse my basement floor, once I get the string installed and can get out in the daylight I'll get better pics

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  8. jacol84

    jacol84 Active Member

    Nicely done! You are on the right track. Matrix string is needed. Due to more reflex in the riser (compared to a Matrix riser), the tip to tip length will be a little shorter than the standard Matrix, but the Matrix string can be twisted up a bit to get the right length. I would use shims under the limbs but I just use the standard plastic ones. Probably just use what you have. I don't think the Matrix limbs are as sensitive to it, but I lost 2 Middleton limbs to a loosened limb bolt (limbs split right down the neutral plane), so keep the bolts tight with locktite on them. Looks like a really nice crossbow. It should serve you well.:)

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  9. MI_Bowhunter

    MI_Bowhunter New Member

    Will the brace beight mark on the rail still be a good reference point?
     
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  10. jacol84

    jacol84 Active Member

    It should be fine. This is what the Patriot looks like. No brace line as the rail was cut down from a longer original. hybrid brace height.jpg
     
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  11. robertyb

    robertyb Member

    I cut out shims for under my limbs out of a sheet of 1/16" rubber and it really took out a lot of vibration and made it quieter also.
     
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  12. Oppie

    Oppie Active Member

    Yes indeed. Inner tube rubber works well if you have any laying around.

    I try to keep mine 1/4 - 3/8" off the string stops, like Jeff's mine the marks are gone.
     
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  13. Masboy

    Masboy Active Member

    Good job! I like the long grooves on that patriot riser ,as you can adj your string stops instead of having to cut the stops down like I do to get th brace height you want.
     
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  14. MI_Bowhunter

    MI_Bowhunter New Member

    This may be a good time to install the ADF as long as I am tearing if all apart.
     
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  15. jacol84

    jacol84 Active Member

    Yep, good idea. Mine saved me once :oops:. Also, if you have the sniper trigger in your 355 SS, you may notice the lever drops to safe after you shoot a shot (mine does now, though it never did this with the Middleton limbs on it). My Guradian caught a potential dryfire, and also has "caught" the string a few times when my safety lever dropped to safe after the shot, and the trigger couldn't latch. I think it's fully seated now.;) Just FYI.
     
  16. MI_Bowhunter

    MI_Bowhunter New Member

    I have the sniper trigger. I picked up an ADF last year for my Phoenix for $19. It was in the clearance bin of the local gun shop that decided to no longer carry crossbows. Wish there had been two in the bin.
     
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  17. Oppie

    Oppie Active Member

    Great idea.
     
  18. MI_Bowhunter

    MI_Bowhunter New Member

    Finished it. Shot a few times in the basement and functionally everything is good. Just need to run it through crony and adjust the scope.

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  19. Oppie

    Oppie Active Member

    Congrats! Just like having a new bow now :D.
     
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  20. Masboy

    Masboy Active Member

    One thing you can count on is your not going home from a hunt from limb failure . maybe a small splinter now an then that you can remove an keep on shooting :p
     
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