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turbo1889
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Posted: August 07 2018 at 4:25am | IP Logged Quote turbo1889

Found an old compound bow gathering dust in the back
corner of one of my local pawn shops. Very basic and
old school nothing like what is currently on the
market. Had a $14.99 price tag on her and she felt
like she had at least the minimum 45-lb draw weight to
be legal for big game. So she came home with me:





I think this is the brand name (only thing even close
to a brand mark or emblem on the bow):



Center portion is an aluminum casting (quite heavy but
the weight helps keep things stable during the shot)
and the limbs are some kind of early composite.

So I took her to the local archery shop and had them
check her draw weight (53-lbs) and let-off (68%) to
confirm they are within legal limits (45-lb minimum
draw weight and 80% maximum let-off) and got some
arrows for her, cheapest good ones they had only
bought three of them and it still set me back more
then the bow.

But I had to have more then just the one 31" arrow
that I found at the same pawn shop out of all the
various used arrows they had that was long enough for
her (she needs at least 31" arrows for field points
and I bought 32" at the archery shop to allow judo-tip
and broad-head mounting).



Shot her with my one pawn shop arrow at the mini
archery range at the archery shop while waiting for
them to make the arrows and figured out pretty quickly
that a release would be nice and I really needed a
better rear sighting option. They wanted way too much
for mechanical releases ($60+) at the archery shop and
rear peep sight options were also too costly and
complicated for my taste (really don't like the
surgical tubing used to keep in-string mounted peep
sights lined up and don't like looking through the
string but rather along-side it like with a
traditional re-curve or long-bow.

So I picked up a mechanical release at walmart for $13
and used an old trick from my youth to make a rear
peep sight out of a poly coated paper clip and some
masking tape and a black sharpy marker that is an
along side the string peep rather then a through the
string peep. In the old days that would be matched
with a similar wire ring sight up front usually made
from bailing wire. But no need for such on this bow
since it already has front pin sights.







And with a few hours of practice it seems both me and
this old bow still have what it takes. This is a 10-
yard group, three matching new arrows fired into the
main vitals on the target and the old pawn shop arrow
that is lighter weight and has slightly less drop
fired slightly under the head bullseye and all be darn
hit right on (not that I would actually try that shot
in real life):



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Posted: August 07 2018 at 4:33am | IP Logged Quote turbo1889

Oh yah, as to "How are you using a mechanical release
with no loop on that bow?"



Yah, I know, not exactly suggested procedure but it is
working for me and you can see that the accuracy is
still good. She will probably get a new string (main
mechanism is stainless cable running on the cams with
a short string connecting the cable ends) with a
proper release loop before the post rifle season two
week long additional archery only in early December on
River-Bottom doe tags where I intend to put her to use
this year. Have to adjust sights for broad-heads
anyway and re-practice with the broad-heads so good
time to swap in a fresh string.

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Posted: August 07 2018 at 3:34pm | IP Logged Quote RT58

I got out of archery a long time ago.

Your bow looks like a Bear Whitetail Hunter. .
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Posted: August 07 2018 at 3:44pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

RT58 wrote:
I got out of archery a long time ago.

Your bow looks like a Bear Whitetail Hunter. .


That's what it is, a huge seller for Bear Archery and you see them commonly. Good bows.

I always shot recurves and compounds. Bowfished more than I bow hunted and the recurves excel for that. Got out of it and Kansas legalized cross bows in archery season so I bought one and have been using that abomination, I hate it but it allows me to hunt the rut and I don't seem to find the time to practice instinctive shooting.

The let off on that old Bear ought to be low enough that you can use fingers and get a decent release. I'm told modern ones have so much let off you effectively can't shoot them without one.

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Posted: August 07 2018 at 4:27pm | IP Logged Quote STCM(SW)

Nice find.
I had to give up bow hunting after I could not even hold
a compound 50# back for more then a few seconds...
Getting old sucks!

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Posted: August 07 2018 at 5:36pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Nice shooting!
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Posted: August 17 2018 at 5:40am | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

I think I'm most impressed with the improvised sight.

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