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59 Kodiak opinions

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arrowflight 09-Jun-18
Phil Magistro 09-Jun-18
yohon 09-Jun-18
Pa Steve 09-Jun-18
JimPic 09-Jun-18
strshotx 09-Jun-18
arrowflight 09-Jun-18
hvac tech 09-Jun-18
Jerry Gowins 09-Jun-18
wooddamon1 09-Jun-18
David Mitchell 09-Jun-18
Babbling Bob 09-Jun-18
Babbling Bob 09-Jun-18
Riverwolf 09-Jun-18
Kodiak 09-Jun-18
Trap 10-Jun-18
Babbling Bob 10-Jun-18
alex1987 10-Jun-18
Archre167 10-Jun-18
David Mitchell 10-Jun-18
Kodiak 10-Jun-18
Keefers 10-Jun-18
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arrowflight 11-Jun-18
yohon 11-Jun-18
Beacon 11-Jun-18
CedarShaft86 11-Jun-18
Kodiak 11-Jun-18
Keefers 12-Jun-18
Keefers 12-Jun-18
Keefers 12-Jun-18
Pa Steve 12-Jun-18
cacciatore 12-Jun-18
GUTPILE PA 12-Jun-18
falcon 12-Jun-18
SB 13-Jun-18
Keefers 13-Jun-18
Riverwolf 13-Jun-18
Bassman 17-Jun-18
hvac tech 17-Jun-18
From: arrowflight
Date: 09-Jun-18




Im looking at pulling the trigger on a 2014 59 Kodiak. If you own one, can you please post up a pic and let me know what you think of them? I have a lot of curves and am really curious about your thoughts...

From: Phil Magistro
Date: 09-Jun-18




I think it’s a wonderful bow. Light in the hand. Sweet to shoot and excellent performance.

From: yohon Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 09-Jun-18

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Just got one a month or so ago and have been impressed with it. Been shooting surewoods off it and with a ten ring string she is quiet! Light weight, pointable and really throws an arrow. When you look at the tips and the limb taper it speaks performance.

Took off the grip and thought about putting a beaver tail grip on it but the more I shoot it with out a grip the more I like it. I am a fan of a small throat and its definitely has that now...still debating a leather/beaver tail grip....it is a 59 so I guess it should have a grip on it but Fred shot his without a grip soooo.....

From: Pa Steve
Date: 09-Jun-18

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I really like mine. Very smooth to draw and a joy to shoot. One of my favorite aspects of the bow is the grip. The grip is a little more narrow than most recurves I've shot but it fits my hand perfect. I like my remake so much I sought out an original that I acquired at an estate sale. There is very little difference between the remake and the original. It has become my favorite recurve. Try to shoot one first. I think you'll probably purchase one if you do. Good luck.

From: JimPic
Date: 09-Jun-18

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One if the best recurves I've ever owned

From: strshotx
Date: 09-Jun-18




I think they are an excellent bow.I've been shooting traditional bows for 20+ years and have had probably 50+ trad bows and still have around 25 bows and did not think I needed anymore bows.Then I shot my buddies new Bear Kodiak,it shot great and handled a good variety of arrows.I just had to get one for myself and I did pick up a 2014 Bear Kodiak in barely used condition.I really like the 50's style recurves from being a long time longbow shooter.Love every bit about it from the way it shoots and the classic look.The only thing I didn't care for was the factory string.It was 16 strands of D97 with the loops way too large for my taste.A 4" upper loop and 3" lower loop so I twisted up a 10 strand Ultra Cam with proper sized loop ends and made the upper loop 2.5" and the lower loop 2".It has narrow limbs close to that of a longbow,excellent bow in my opinion and still have it!

From: arrowflight
Date: 09-Jun-18




Thanks for the input so far. I really appreciate it. They certainly are a gorgeous looking bow.

From: hvac tech
Date: 09-Jun-18




I like mine the grip is a little small for me but i make it work

From: Jerry Gowins Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 09-Jun-18




From Phil Magistro, "I think it’s a wonderful bow. Light in the hand. Sweet to shoot and excellent performance." I couldn't have said it better. It's hands down my favorite recurve. And I've owned a pile of them in the last 28 years.

From: wooddamon1 Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 09-Jun-18




Picked one up at RMSGear recently, great bow, I'm sure you'll love it.

From: David Mitchell
Date: 09-Jun-18

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Here's mine with a beaver tail grip. Feels great.

From: Babbling Bob Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 09-Jun-18

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I too have a 59 reproduction currently without a leather grip. Been shooting it without one for a while but have leather for a new grip which came with the bow from one of our LW members. Will put on a leather grip later this year. Plan to use the bow for 3-D's and for the family next winter in Florida. The bow definitely has significantly less wood and riser mass than my '61 and '62 Kodiaks, and I was surprised by how small the riser actually is, but it is well balanced, and comfortable. Shoots really great and has as much speed as my older heaver draw weight Bears. I also think the wood grain in the riser is well done. Think it's a real good looking bow. It'll be enjoyed by my family and I'm proud to have it on my bow rack.

From: Babbling Bob Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 09-Jun-18




In reference to the photo above, I have a red "Trap" made feather rest in the tackle box for the bow and plan to change the leather side plate to the older style reddish color leather side plates. The new grip leather is also a reddish color. Thought about trimming the leather side plate slightly at its front and back 1/8 inch and 1/8 to 3/16 inch off the top to show more riser wood. This will make the riser look larger and more characteristic of the older Bear bows.

From: Riverwolf
Date: 09-Jun-18




Beautiful bows...the Originals and New 59's !

Held a few , just haven't shot one yet .....

From: Kodiak
Date: 09-Jun-18




Well, it's probably the most iconic recurve ever built...and certainly one of the prettiest designs.

If the grip fits, you must git!

From: Trap
Date: 10-Jun-18




That bow looks like ebony instead of rosewood. Very nice!!!!

I made that rest too, so wear it out before you put that red one on.

Beautiful bow

From: Babbling Bob Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 10-Jun-18




Will do Trap

From: alex1987
Date: 10-Jun-18




they are beautiful looking bows... I like the low grip...What sort of length were they? alex

From: Archre167
Date: 10-Jun-18




I wish there was a light weight lefty to try somewhere

From: David Mitchell
Date: 10-Jun-18




They are 60" bows.

From: Kodiak
Date: 10-Jun-18




The new ones are 60".

The old one were 56"...60"...64".

From: Keefers
Date: 10-Jun-18

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Here's a original 59 that was beat to death and reminded me of an old wounded soldier returning from battle! Loads of that white bandage tape,missing the limb tip on one, missing the medallion it wore on it's riser and carried 14 holes like a wounded soldier.I was the highest bidder and brought this old fella back home for about $22.00 or so and I nursed it back to life.

From: Keefers
Date: 10-Jun-18

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May be upside down but you get the picture.

From: Keefers
Date: 10-Jun-18

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Holes and missing Medallion

From: Keefers
Date: 10-Jun-18

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overlays

From: Keefers
Date: 10-Jun-18

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Sorry to post that same picture above but meant to show this one of the tip missing on one limb

From: Keefers
Date: 10-Jun-18

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Now as asked "My Opinion" is Yes they are worth it! Here's some transformation on my very first ever repair and this bow was a good candidate to do this on.

From: Keefers
Date: 10-Jun-18

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New tips

From: Keefers
Date: 10-Jun-18

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New specs I re wrote on it

From: Keefers
Date: 10-Jun-18

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Two holes on this side I filled and True oil finish on it . Like 10 or more coats.

From: Keefers
Date: 10-Jun-18

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side view of tip

From: Keefers
Date: 10-Jun-18

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Finished picture.

From: Keefers
Date: 10-Jun-18

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From: Keefers
Date: 10-Jun-18

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before I stitched a leather wrap on.

From: arrowflight
Date: 11-Jun-18




Keefers, your bow looks amazing! Thank you all for your contributions and opinions. I am saving hard for the 59 now!

From: yohon Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 11-Jun-18




My man Keefers......WOW!!! Bruce told me you had mad skills, that is impressive!!!!

From: Beacon
Date: 11-Jun-18




Arrowflight I had a 2014 0r 2015 can,t remember. bear made some of the 59er,s that were 5# heavy in draw weight than marked. hope you get to shoot her before you buy. just my 2 cents worth .beacon p s super fun bow to shoot!!

From: CedarShaft86
Date: 11-Jun-18




I regret letting mine go and will deffintly be getting another

From: Kodiak
Date: 11-Jun-18




Holy crap Keefers, that's beyond outstanding.

Awesome!!

From: Keefers
Date: 12-Jun-18

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Thanks everyone for the comments but you may notice this piece of overlay I installed on the belly side isn't something a original 59 Kodiak has but I put it there to cover several holes that were eye sores so to speak.

From: Keefers
Date: 12-Jun-18

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Before picture of holes in the strike plate. Even had a metal screw broke off I had to remove.

From: Keefers
Date: 12-Jun-18




There are actually 4 holes where the strike plate was but two are hard to see and other two as I was filling them .Have to look real hard but they were there . 14 holes were in this bow.

From: Pa Steve
Date: 12-Jun-18




Well done Keefers. Your rehab work is excellent.

From: cacciatore Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 12-Jun-18




Keeper excellent work on a piece of history

From: GUTPILE PA
Date: 12-Jun-18




That's a awesome job on that bow very nice

From: falcon
Date: 12-Jun-18




I have one and it is a wonderful bow,Its just a little to heavy for me.

From: SB
Date: 13-Jun-18




Damned fine restoration Keith! Thank

From: Keefers
Date: 13-Jun-18




Thanks to Brandon Stahl and Lee Hoots who both sent me some scrap glass to use for the tips and overlay's. Both guys are Master's at building bows and their generosity is greatly appreciated . Keith <')))><

From: Riverwolf
Date: 13-Jun-18




Beautiful job on that kodiiak Keefers !

Love seeing these old bows get a New look/life ;)

From: Bassman Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 17-Jun-18




excellent

From: hvac tech
Date: 17-Jun-18




Kieth very nice repair work you put new life into a bow most would scrap . great job





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