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1964 Bear Polar

Postby KODIAK » Tue Mar 10, 2009 5:23 pm

Thought I'd share some pics of this Polar. Very pretty bow with figural bubinga and zebrawood I-beam. It's a #40er and 66". Enjoy. :D
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Re: 1964 Bear Polar

Postby 4nolz » Tue Mar 10, 2009 6:09 pm

are you sure of the date?

I think the zebra/bubinga was 63'
the 64' was solid bubinga

pretty sure
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Re: 1964 Bear Polar

Postby KODIAK » Tue Mar 10, 2009 6:53 pm

Yep I'm sure. 1964 was the first year of the premier sight and the polar had the zebra I beam.

Heres the 1964 catalog pic.
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Re: 1964 Bear Polar

Postby 4nolz » Tue Mar 10, 2009 7:40 pm

kewl
there are 2 dates on your marker.Your life is the dash in between.
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Re: 1964 Bear Polar

Postby KODIAK » Tue Mar 10, 2009 8:13 pm

Thanx. Heres the coin side. Nice chunk of wood on this one. 8-)
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Re: 1964 Bear Polar

Postby Jett » Thu Mar 12, 2009 3:24 am

How's it shoot? I have an older mid-50's semi-recurve that I like to shoot but it doesn't have the cast of similar semi-recurves; I imagine the '64 model is somewhat better.
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Re: 1964 Bear Polar

Postby KODIAK » Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:07 am

Jett, yep the Polar changed from a semi recurve to a target bow full blown recurve in 1961. The only thing they have in common is the name. This one shoots well and looks fantastic.

Like you, I've got a mid-50s Polar that I like to shoot too. Its a #53 and yep she is a little on the slow side. But its quiet and light as a feather. I can shoot it pretty well.

Heres a pic of that bow.
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Re: 1964 Bear Polar

Postby Jett » Fri Mar 13, 2009 1:02 am

Your's looks about identical to mine. I think the one I have is a 44#er that actually scales around 39# - not sure I ever clocked it, but it's slow. But I've been shooting an old string on it with big brush buttons. I could probably pick several fps if I lost the buttons & put on a new string. It appears people really liked to string their bows with "rope" back in the day. I couldn't count the 45# bows I've bought sporting 18 strand strings with silencers, buttons & double brass nock points; a few have had all this and a "No-Glov" along with some 6-700grn arrows! Maybe this is where the "17.3 yd" thing originated, LOL!
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Re: 1964 Bear Polar

Postby KODIAK » Fri Mar 13, 2009 10:29 am

I agree Jett. Those old strings can be pretty thick. I save them just 'cause I like to keep the original string with the bow for resale. Seems like quite a few people were using those "no-gloves" back in the day. :D I tried one one time and sprained my finger.....not kidding! :P

I may start a thread about the semi-recurve Polar and ask some bowyers why the bow is sluggish. I love the profile of it but it must not be an overly efficient design.
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Re: 1964 Bear Polar

Postby Jett » Sat Mar 14, 2009 12:08 am

That's a good idea. I'd like to know why Bear stuck with the design for so long when there were obviously contemporary semi-recurves that were superior performers out there.
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