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Hey everyone, I was recently gift a Bear Kodiak Hunter that I am pretty sure is from 1970 or so.

serial # KT....
AMO 60"
40x#
I think brass medallion.
My draw is about 26 in.

I am looking for advice. I don't think it's been strung for probably 10+ years, but it did see some good use in it's life. Should I be worried about the bows integrity overall?

I don't know where to find accessories for this bow. It obviously needs a new string and rest. What else goes with a bow like this?

Honestly any advice and input is helpful. Thanks!
 

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new string & ? ?? riser is the middle part of bow, where you grip it and the arrow rests.
Good to be concerned, with older stuff, but - likely the bow is good......but I'll let some of the more experienced with old bows advise you.
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Tell what general area you are from, you could be 5 minutes away from someone that can help you out?
 
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Thanks I appreciate the response. You're right, not the riser, I meant the bear hair rest itself. Anyway, yes it just needs replacing as well as the string (a bit frayed, don't even dare attempting to string it). Thank you.

I'm in Oregon, not far from Salem.
 

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I picked up the same bow except that it is a 71" Bear. I draw 30.5" so I didn't think I could shoot it, but it handled my draw length fine and i have put a lot of arrows through it. Those Bear bows were well made and unless it has some damage to it, it should shoot fine at your 26" draw length.
 
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When you get the string for it, string it, and draw it a couple of times looking for strange sounds. It shouldn't be an issue. Bear had a rule of thumb for DL and AMO of the bow: 2DL+4"=AMO length, you are fine with your 26" and anyway. If you can pull through stacking the DL is never an issue but for your bow #[email protected]" you are pulling #[email protected]". Normally under the side plate cover you will find a number - 41.
 

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I bought one new in 1969 and still have it.
KT145098 60" 45lb
After the rug rest wore out I stuck on an elevated plastic rest and shot 3 under. It worked out better for me.
Do not shoot modern material strings. Make sure they are Dacron.
 

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Some info I dug up to help identify your Hunter...

The Kodiak Hunter 60" was made from 1967-1977. There is usually some overlap between catalogs and model year dating. Model years ran from Jan-Dec, but catalogs were published Sept-Aug.

Normally brass coins were used in 1963-1970, and nickel-silver in 1971-72. The coins were flush till 1972, then raised. The "K" serial numbers started in 1970, "T" is the Hunter model number. (remember the catalog / model year difference.)

According to the 1970 Bear catalog, the Hunter was 'completely redesigned for 1970'.

Strung length with B50 Dacron string tip-to-tip is 57" on a 60" bow.

The Bear catalog doesn't have a draw limit for the 1970 Hunter. I draw my 1962 Grizzly to 31", so unless you see any cracks or splitting or separation along the limbs or around the tips it should be good to your 26" draw. Buy a 57" B50 string.

The 1971 catalog specifies Shedua and African Bubinga riser, arctic gray glass.
The 1970 catalog specifies Pau Ferro and African Bubinga, arctic gray glass.
The 1969 catalog specifies Tigerwood riser, arctic gray glass.

HTH
 

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manlaw......you know....requires some pictures......
 

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Thanks guys I appreciate all the help! I'm looking forward to getting this bow operational.
I'm having problems uploading pictures of the bow but I will try again.
 
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