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What does the 'X' mean by the bow weight

Messages posted to thread:
Stringwacker 08-May-10
Viper 08-May-10
Archer 08-May-10
GAB 08-May-10
Stringwacker 08-May-10
stagetek 08-May-10
Woods Walker 09-May-10
Uncle Lijiah 09-May-10
GLF 09-May-10
GLF 09-May-10
Archer 09-May-10
GLF 09-May-10
LHG 09-May-10
springcreekron 09-May-10
From: Stringwacker
Date: 08-May-10




Another post on a different web site got me to thinking. Regarding the old Bear recurves, if you see a bow labled 50X for bow weight what does this mean? In bows of that era (especially the Pearsons) I though that meant 51 pounds and a XX45 mean 43 pounds. Yet if this is true, why didn't they just write 51 pounds on the bow? Can anybody tell me the exact meaning of the marking system (especially on Bear recurves) and maybe a source to verify it?

From: Viper
Date: 08-May-10




String -

"Can anybody tell me the exact meaning of the marking system (especially on Bear recurves) and maybe a source to verify it?"

Ah - no.

Ben Pearon had their methodology, AMO had an "Official" protocol and Bear had theirs. The only "trick" was in some case the actual measured draw weight was marked under the strike plate.

Viper out.

From: Archer Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 08-May-10




On the Bear bows I've had, that had a X by the poundage, I've found that if the X was behind the number, (as in 50X)it meant it was over 50#. And if it was infront of the number it was lighter then 50#. I have a 1970 Bear Grizzly that is marked 40#, but is really 43#. As Viper said the true weight was marked under the side plate.

From: GAB
Date: 08-May-10




My theory is that perhaps they had trouble selling the bows that weren't right on. In other words if someone was looking for a 45lb. bow they didn't want a 44 or a 46 but would buy a x45 or 45x.Anyhow just a thought.

From: Stringwacker Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 08-May-10




That's good info and mirrors another reply that I heard. Thanks

From: stagetek Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 08-May-10




I believe Archer is correct. So is Viper. Almost all of my Bear bows have the weight under the side plate. And the real weight does coincide with the "x" being on one side or the other of the weight listed on the handle, like Archer decribes.

From: Woods Walker
Date: 09-May-10




It means no one under the age of 18 can use that bow.

From: Uncle Lijiah
Date: 09-May-10




When a bow scaled exactly 47 1/2#, they must've flipped a coin - heads mark it 45# or tails mark it 50#. :o) Clint

From: GLF
Date: 09-May-10




Ammo standards required the weight to be listed on the bow in 5 lb increments so bow companys shot for weights in that way. You very seldom hit the exact weight because of tillering n variences in wood and they didn't change their limb design by narrowing a bow to hit weight. So if they were off pearson used the X system, xx55=53, 55xx=57. Bear put the true weight behind the side plate on their bows.

From: GLF
Date: 09-May-10




Btw most companys didn't put anything to let ya know. They just rounded it to the nearest 5 lbs n put that on the bow.

From: Archer Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 09-May-10




In my post above, I said my Grizzly was marked 40#. It is marked 40X# and is 43#.

From: GLF
Date: 09-May-10




I'm not sure what the x's were on bears, bow that had warrantee work maybe? dunno.

From: LHG
Date: 09-May-10




I just picked up a Ben Pearson American that is marked x30# @ 28". Its actually 25# @ 28", doubt that helps any but maybe its a piece to the puzzle?

From: springcreekron
Date: 09-May-10




The bowyer was blowing kisses to ya!

Ron





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