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Knifeguy 06-Jun-18
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Mountain Man 06-Jun-18
RymanCat 06-Jun-18
ibehiking 06-Jun-18
larryhatfield 06-Jun-18
Knifeguy 06-Jun-18
cueman 06-Jun-18
Pdiddly 06-Jun-18
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Nrthernrebel05 06-Jun-18
Timbukto 06-Jun-18
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mangonboat 07-Jun-18
Lowcountry 07-Jun-18
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Pdiddly 08-Jun-18
From: Knifeguy
Date: 06-Jun-18

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My good friend Crookedstix sent me a cryptic email the other night with an attachment to a listing in Tacoma for a bow that just said, "Lance, buy this bow!" So I emailed the seller, arranged a meet for the next day and bought the bow. It's this 1963/64 Howatt Hunter or High Speed. No decals, no writing, and Kerry thinks it just might be a "lunch box special" I'm hoping that Larry will chime in. I scaled the bow three times and came up with a constant 58#. The seller even included a "free" 1979 Ventura that I'll include a photo of the riser off so you can have your daily "cringe" Thanks for looking. I hope the pictures show up. Lance

From: Knifeguy
Date: 06-Jun-18

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It worked! Here are some more.

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Date: 06-Jun-18

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Date: 06-Jun-18

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Date: 06-Jun-18

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Date: 06-Jun-18

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Date: 06-Jun-18

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Date: 06-Jun-18

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And the "cringe" photo of the Ventura riser. Not for the squeemish!!

From: Knifeguy
Date: 06-Jun-18




It appears that a previous owner tapped the off side of the riser and mounted a Kwikee quiver bracket. Apparently the tapped holes in the wood stripped out and were drilled through. Then the riser was flipped and the holes were very poorly counter sunk for bolt heads. Beneath the lower hole you can see a 1/4" splinter that is lightly lifted that I'll glue back down. If you look under the weatherrest you can see some rasping that was probably done to make the bow more "center shot". This one will be a challenge, and I'm looking forward to it. Lance

From: crookedstix
Date: 06-Jun-18




It was hard to see the thing clearly all the way from Maine, but I could at least see that it was a three-strip rosewood Howatt with that great jade green glass in it...that was enough, especially since the seller was asking a mere 2-digit price tag!

A quick email to one of my West Coast cronies was in order. Now Knifeguy and I will have to work out some sort of shared custody, like a Washington elk hunt where I can get to shoot the thing. I don't think that's too much to ask, LOL!

From: Twisted Branch
Date: 06-Jun-18




Well...I’ve always said it pays to have a good education!

From: Mountain Man
Date: 06-Jun-18




Ohhh,,Ventura I thought you got a crappy old Dodge ; )

From: RymanCat
Date: 06-Jun-18




Bullet holes who shot your riser?

From: ibehiking
Date: 06-Jun-18




Your new bow looks very much like my LH Howard Hunter that is 54#@28", but mine has black glass.

Congrats on a very nice bow, I hope you enjoy it.

Jeff

From: larryhatfield
Date: 06-Jun-18




The Hi-Speed is a production model. Looks like someone refinished it and scraped off the decals. The sight holes and insert in the grip are after market stuff.

From: Knifeguy
Date: 06-Jun-18




Thanks for all the comments and input, I appreciate it. Lance

From: cueman
Date: 06-Jun-18




Lance, I am pretty sure that is a hunter and it is probably a late 62 with a knife edge sight window. The 63 had no knife edge and had overlays on the tips, so probably made late in the year when tip overlays came in. Nice bow, hard to come by, great purchase!

From: Pdiddly
Date: 06-Jun-18




Hey Ken...it appears to have a knife edge but it is actually flat...one of the pictures Lance sent me confirmed it. I figure it's a 1963 as 64's with 3M teal glass are not common. Quite the deal!

From: Pdiddly
Date: 06-Jun-18




What's the nock to nock length Lance?

From: Nrthernrebel05
Date: 06-Jun-18




Wow nice find. Don’t think I’m ready to tackle something in that kind of condition. Make sure we see some after pictures too.

From: Timbukto
Date: 06-Jun-18




How I missed this is beyond me. I am on tacoma capitalist all the time. Oh my. I have been looking for one of those since the day after I sold Jay St Charles mine 25 years ago. Congrats.

From: Knifeguy
Date: 06-Jun-18




Tim, Just thank Kerry! I would've never seen it except for his email. Lance

From: Knifeguy
Date: 07-Jun-18

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The bow (I don't know why I didn't do this until it was requested a couple of times!) is 60" Nock to nock and 61" OAL. I also removed the stick on wrist sling snap and found this when I cleaned off the goop. Already squeezed in the Loctite 420. Lance

From: mangonboat
Date: 07-Jun-18




Thats what I call good team work! Love that glass.

From: Lowcountry
Date: 07-Jun-18




Nice find

From: tonto59
Date: 07-Jun-18




Another nice find!

From: Pdiddly
Date: 08-Jun-18




Aaah...it's a Hunter. The early ones before 1968 are 60", as you discovered and need a 57" string.

That's a fast smooth bow!





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