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Online N Schraft

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1961 Bear Kodiak
« on: December 18, 2019, 10:07:28 AM »
Hello,

I was walking through a local gunshow and this bow was on one of the tables. I had been interested in acquiring a vintage Kodiak bow so I purchased it not really knowing anything about it besides it was made between 53-72 and seemed to be in decent shape. I did some research and I believe it is 1961 model. From what I understand there were issues with these bows that year. There is cracking in the finish but not many vertical stress cracks. I have a couple questions.

Is this bow the version made with bubinga or the purpleheart wood?

What should I use to clean it? And should I put anything on it to preserve it?

I’d like to shoot and hunt with it, would that be recommended or should it be hung on the shelf?

If it is okay to shoot, is there a place I can buy a similar arrow rest and plate to the original?

Thanks,
Nick








Online N Schraft

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Re: 1961 Bear Kodiak
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2019, 10:10:10 AM »


Offline Drywood

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Re: 1961 Bear Kodiak
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2019, 08:32:43 PM »
A great and powerful bow. If I had it I see no reason not to shoot it.As to cleaning start out with mild soap and water.Stay away from strong chemicals. Looking at the photo of your shelf and plate I myself  think they are fine and add feel.  Your big problem is Hitting what small and fast . It takes a LONG TIME to be skilled but it is worth it. Good Luck !

Offline deeksleak

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Re: 1961 Bear Kodiak
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2019, 08:07:54 AM »
Yours is the walnut purpleheart sight window model and safe to shoot. Plate and rug still look useable

Offline Babbling Bob

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Re: 1961 Bear Kodiak
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2019, 09:13:56 AM »
You made a great find!  Love my '61 early model bubinga risered Kodiak. They are fine bows.

Offline TBinMN

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Re: 1961 Bear Kodiak
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2019, 08:16:39 PM »
That looks to be a 62 as it has the greyish glass as opposed to the lighter greenish glass used in 61.  The riser wood also be bubinga - and a reddish/orange color compared to the darker Brazilian rosewood used in 62.
The 62's are a favorite of mine, I've had severable for a long time, one of Bears best shooters in my opinion.
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Offline alaskabowhunter

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Re: 1961 Bear Kodiak
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2020, 04:52:44 PM »
1961 Kodiak with purpleheart site window, really nice all original example.
I was born with nothing and I still have most of it left.

Offline Horney Toad

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Re: 1961 Bear Kodiak
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2020, 02:53:44 PM »
I wipe old bows off with a mild solvent, sometimes I have used charcoal lighter fluid.  Some use acetone but that can eat through the finish.

After the bow is dry, I use a good auto paste wax.

Offline Drywood

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Re: 1961 Bear Kodiak
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2020, 08:17:28 PM »
   One of my  interests are Bear numbers ,so I keep a list your 22J102 is normal for a green 1961. In 1962 example would be "22AH102 and 1963 "22BH102",1964"22CH102 " . I made up the last three numbers to show the style that Bear used. :archer2:

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Re: 1961 Bear Kodiak
« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2020, 09:15:31 AM »
So, Drywood, what year would 4CA165 indicate?
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Offline mangonboat

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Re: 1961 Bear Kodiak
« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2020, 01:08:43 PM »
Nice find! I've always liked the look of the 61...that green glass is a little bit bright at first but it grows on you. Should be a sweet shooter.
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Offline Horney Toad

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Re: 1961 Bear Kodiak
« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2020, 01:21:03 PM »
So, Drywood, what year would 4CA165 indicate?

I have a 1960 grizzly with 22J124  serial number

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