Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall


Paul Bunyan Bow

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tonto59 04-Aug-18
pdk25 04-Aug-18
tonto59 04-Aug-18
tonto59 04-Aug-18
tonto59 04-Aug-18
George D. Stout 04-Aug-18
tonto59 04-Aug-18
tonto59 04-Aug-18
tonto59 04-Aug-18
tonto59 04-Aug-18
George D. Stout 04-Aug-18
S.M.Robertson 04-Aug-18
Frisky 04-Aug-18
tonto59 04-Aug-18
tonto59 04-Aug-18
joep003 04-Aug-18
Frisky 05-Aug-18
tonto59 05-Aug-18
Frisky 05-Aug-18
Bassman 05-Aug-18
kstout 05-Aug-18
Eric Krewson 05-Aug-18
Popester1 05-Aug-18
grits53 05-Aug-18
George D. Stout 05-Aug-18
Frisky 05-Aug-18
monkeyball 05-Aug-18
Jeffhalfrack 05-Aug-18
Draven 06-Aug-18
Draven 06-Aug-18
Draven 06-Aug-18
Draven 06-Aug-18
Frisky 06-Aug-18
monkeyball 06-Aug-18
tonto59 06-Aug-18
RonG 06-Aug-18
monkeyball 06-Aug-18
twostrings 06-Aug-18
tonto59 06-Aug-18
Bassman 06-Aug-18
Bassman 06-Aug-18
BATMAN 06-Aug-18
pdk25 07-Aug-18
tonto59 07-Aug-18
tonto59 08-Aug-18
Frisky 08-Aug-18
pdk25 09-Aug-18
Draven 09-Aug-18
tonto59 10-Aug-18
monkeyball 10-Aug-18
pdk25 11-Aug-18
tonto59 11-Aug-18
pdk25 11-Aug-18
pdk25 11-Aug-18
pdk25 11-Aug-18
tonto59 11-Aug-18
Frisky 12-Aug-18
tonto59 12-Aug-18
casekiska 12-Aug-18
pdk25 12-Aug-18
tonto59 13-Aug-18
pdk25 13-Aug-18
From: tonto59
Date: 04-Aug-18

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Remember a time when it was fairly common to run into a guy bowhunting with one of these bows? And know buddy wondered if these bows were good for hunting White tail. Today it's not so common to see a hunter using a Paul Bunyan Bow. Why? I have know doubt that this bow can throw a 160 Gr. Snuffer with Authority. :-) Did you have shoot a Paul Bunyan bow?

From: pdk25
Date: 04-Aug-18




I shot a friend's locksley that was 45#, so probably a little under 50# at my draw. I have no doubt it would easily zip through a deer. I have wanted a fiberglass bow for a while now.

From: tonto59
Date: 04-Aug-18

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Let me show you a few pictures of this beauty.

From: tonto59
Date: 04-Aug-18

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Here is a picture of the horn style tips. It's 63" from NTN.

From: tonto59
Date: 04-Aug-18

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The handle is Brown leather. and it can be shot either right handed or left handed.

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 04-Aug-18




Half of todays hunters, maybe three-quarters of them never heard of a Paul Bunyan bow, and besides that it isn't shiny and custom. Yes they will kill any animal any other bow will, but they aren't the talk of the club and even few here would take to using one to hunt with. My buddy Scott has one and it will do some damage for sure. They are fun to shoot but we're not in the 1950's anymore and there are better tools of the trade. ;)

From: tonto59
Date: 04-Aug-18

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side view.

From: tonto59
Date: 04-Aug-18

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Figured I would post a few pictures for the guys who have never seen one.

From: tonto59
Date: 04-Aug-18




Sometimes George it's nice to take a step back and just remember the 1950's. Huh? ;-) The Para Bow is a pretty good shooter too. I know I own one now. Thanks for letting the cat out of the bag George. Very fun to shoot.

From: tonto59
Date: 04-Aug-18




It don't have the looks of a Bear Kodiak Special. It don't draw as smooth as a Hoyt Pro PM. And It don't throw an arrow as fast as a Browning Wasp. But it will put meat in the freezer.;-)

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 04-Aug-18




tonto59, put a low stretch string on that and it becomes a new and different weapon.

From: S.M.Robertson
Date: 04-Aug-18




I had a Paul Bunyan 100 I belive. 60 pounder that would shoot through a tank! I put a D97 string on it and it was a very well behaved bow.

From: Frisky
Date: 04-Aug-18




That sure is a crappy bow. Just looking at it is giving me a bunyan. I'd use that thing as a tomato stake for sure.

Joe

From: tonto59
Date: 04-Aug-18




Joe, Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Some times a plain Jane bow is a beautiful thing. Example; This is an awesome bow fishing bow. I wonder how long you could leave it under water and it will still shoot good. It's pretty much bomb proof.

From: tonto59
Date: 04-Aug-18




Frisky maybe you missed Scott Robertsons post. The bow can shoot through a tank!!! You have to have an ass behind you to pull this bow back buddy. ;-)

From: joep003
Date: 04-Aug-18




I like tomato stakes.

From: Frisky
Date: 05-Aug-18




I've always said those Bunyans suck! Now the Bear 76er is a very good glass limbed bow! Wipes that Bunyan right out!

Joe

From: tonto59
Date: 05-Aug-18




Joe are you sure you tried a Paul Bunyan Bow? Or did you try one of those Japanese imitator models.

From: Frisky
Date: 05-Aug-18




Never even held a Bunyan. Too disgusted with them!

Joe

From: Bassman Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 05-Aug-18




My son has one. Never bothered to make a string for it.I will now ,and try it out.I do have an all fiberglass bear bow. Do not know the model, but i made a string for it, and shot it.It is a strong bow, and kicks like a mule.I do not know if they are all like that,but i do not shoot that bow any more.Back in the 50,s the guys in our area bought, and shot fiberglass bows more than any other kind.They were cheaper to buy,and bullet proof.

From: kstout
Date: 05-Aug-18




I started out with a Paul Bunyan bow. Don't remember the model#, but it wasn't a recurve. It was 60 inches, and 40#. Shot a lot of carp with it, and some small game, but never got a deer with it. It had similar plastic horn tips, and was kind of pink colored.

From: Eric Krewson
Date: 05-Aug-18

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I still have the Paul Bunyan bow my parents bought me when I was 11 or 12, at the time I thought it was the best bow on the planet. I found it in my mother's house after she died, took it home, made a string for it and gave it a test drive. What a dog! Probably one of the worst shooting bows I have ever shot.

Of course age and neglect could have altered its shooting ability but I couldn't in good conscience even give it away.

From: Popester1
Date: 05-Aug-18




I have my dad's old Paul Bunyan bow. Identical to Eric Krewson's, except 60#. And I have to agree, they are bomb proof. Dad got it in 1957. I was born in '58. He's 90 years old now and I sure would like to kill a deer with his bow before he's gone.

Guys, never mind Frisky, he's just jealous.

From: grits53
Date: 05-Aug-18

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gotta have the right arrows

George

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 05-Aug-18




Funny how our perceptions change as we get older, and not always for the better. At one time folks could appreciate a simple bow that would just shoot an arrow without breaking. Looking back with modern eyes and experience doesn't have the same effect. Too bad for that I think.

From: Frisky
Date: 05-Aug-18




In my opinion, Popester is an inferior hunter with an inferior bow. Get a deer? HAHA!! The fella will be eating salad! Anyway, I'll likely have to assist Popester or he'll never get a deer. I would like to see him succeed in his quest, but sometimes the cards are just too strongly stacked against a guy. Sometimes the planets are out of alignment.

Joe

From: monkeyball
Date: 05-Aug-18




No doubt about, those solid glass bows only shoot as good as the guy holding them, so Joe.......don't bother shooting one as you will be surely disappointed..........

Good Shooting->->->->Craig

From: Jeffhalfrack
Date: 05-Aug-18




I have 4 of them, ,,,looking for a 45#er now jeffw

From: Draven
Date: 06-Aug-18

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I have a 100 PB in #50@28”. A relic of other times fun to shoot with FF string. These bows are almost indestructible imo, but I give to Caesar what’s his: PB bows have best details in the all fiberglass bow market.

From: Draven
Date: 06-Aug-18

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And I have a Ben Pearson 3360 in #50@28” too.

From: Draven
Date: 06-Aug-18

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The 100 PB is elegant compared to BP bow.

From: Draven
Date: 06-Aug-18

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The 100 PB is elegant compared to BP

From: Frisky
Date: 06-Aug-18




I had a Ben Pearson solid fiberglass bow. Also a Stemmler. They both sucked sour apples.

Joe

From: monkeyball
Date: 06-Aug-18




You are a sour apple Joe!

Good Shooting->->->->Craig

From: tonto59
Date: 06-Aug-18




Good luck Popester1 I hope you get a deer with your Paul Bunyan bow this season. Looking forward to seeing the pictures.

From: RonG
Date: 06-Aug-18




Ditto on what Mr. Stout said about the low stretch string, I was a an old die hard about the B-55 until George informed me that he never had trouble with the low stretch, now all my bows have it and will never put the old stuff on any of my bows. It's hard to get through your head how much difference just a string will make.

I like the tips, now that is using the whole bow, no wasted material past the string. I am definitely familiar with the Paul Bunyan.

From: monkeyball
Date: 06-Aug-18




I just thought about this Joe, and now I understand your frustration and negative thoughts.

If I had to shoot a turquoise glass bow for as long as you did (and even worse, ride a bike that color) and then upgrade (?????) to a mass produced bow that has latches on it like tea kettle flaps........

I know where you are coming from now buddy, cheer up, it will get better.

Good Shooting->->->->Craig

From: twostrings
Date: 06-Aug-18




I don't know how good a bow it was but if I had that sea foam green and white fiberglass beauty with the chipped tip now I'd be out in the back yard, astonished at how far arrows really go. Hand Shock? No, not on this endless summer day when even sunlight itself was new and fresh and dreams were the future. Now step back, here comes another one.

From: tonto59
Date: 06-Aug-18




I own 7 all fiberglass bows. A couple Bears. A few Ben Pearson's. A Stemmler. And a couple no names. But this Paul Bunyan is the "HEAVY HITTER" out of all of them. Some bows that you let go. You end up sorry you did. I think the Paul Bunyan would be one of them. I have mine on the swap and trade thread now. Somebody is going to be very lucky. To be the new owner of this Mighty Green Paul Bunyan Bow! :-)

From: Bassman Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 06-Aug-18




OK After reading this thread i am going to put ff on both of my bows, shoot them ,bare shaft tune them,and chrony them.That will give me an idea of how they really perform.I like doing this stuff, and should give us an idea of what they are really all about.

From: Bassman Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 06-Aug-18




Well at 8 pm went to the garage got the bear ,put a 10 strand d97 string on it with padded loops, and shot it for about 25 shots.I shot light spine swift arrows out of it ,and the bow draw is 25 lbs.I will shoot were you aim it.Seems really slow even for a 25 lb. bow, and it still has a lot of hand shock.Tomorrow i will get my boys Paul Bunyon, and give it a try.I believe his is a 45 to 50 lb. bow.

From: BATMAN Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 06-Aug-18




Do I remember that HOWARD did His first bow-kill with a Paul Bunyan bow?? Seem like it was a bunny and HE was about 15 at the time? Seems that HE got so excited that HE grabbed the Bunny and ran back to the house and forgot about picking up the bow??? Seems that HE thought HIGHLY of the PB bow. I don't have any knowledge about the bow itself. BATMAN

From: pdk25
Date: 07-Aug-18




Gonna find out for myself. I just traded for this Paul Bunyan.

From: tonto59
Date: 07-Aug-18




Thanks Pat. Good Luck with that Paul Bunyan Bow. Want to see some pictures of that HOG too. Glad to see your going to use that bow for what it was meant to do. Hope the bow shoots well for you.

From: tonto59
Date: 08-Aug-18




You had your chance Frisky!

From: Frisky
Date: 08-Aug-18




I'm just waiting for someone to post that stupid Paul Bunyan ad, showing a big buck going by and some buffoon drawing a Bunyan on him.

Joe

From: pdk25
Date: 09-Aug-18




I might be able to reproduce it on a hog, but I have never seen the original.

From: Draven
Date: 09-Aug-18

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This is the image

From: tonto59
Date: 10-Aug-18




The Paul Bunyan Bow is headed out to Oklahoma as I type this. I wonder how many owners that bow has had. And what game animals it has taken over the years. As they say. If only that bow could talk. I wonder how many have tried a Skinny string or fast flight string on a fiberglass bow. I wonder how much faster it is with a FF string. Well we will all find out soon. If the Green Paul Bunyan bow can still get the job done after all these years. Pat "Iwander"is planning on taking that bow on a hog hunt. I never hunted hogs. But Have heard on here from the king of hog hunting. That they are one tough animal. I for one am really looking forward to hearing about Pat's hog hunt. Keep us posted Pat. And thanks for the good trade! Stick one for all us Paul Bunyan fans!

From: monkeyball
Date: 10-Aug-18




All glass bows are flat out cool. So simple, yet so efficient and effective. Finding one that feels good in your hand and shoots where you point it will make you smile......

Good Shooting->->->->Craig

From: pdk25
Date: 11-Aug-18

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Good trade. Can't wait to put it on a scale and get some arrows tuned to it.

From: tonto59
Date: 11-Aug-18

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Yes, good trade! I'm very happy with the broad heads and the 119 Buck Special knife. Thank you very much. I'm looking forward to seeing how much that bow pulls on your scale too. I heard through the grape vine on here that there is one leather waller that is very sorry he didn't make me an offer for the Paul Bunyan bow. I heard he shoots a funny looking turquoise limb bow. Calls it the grail or something.;-) Well good luck with the bow and your hog hunt.

From: pdk25
Date: 11-Aug-18

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Draw length

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Date: 11-Aug-18

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Draw weight. When compared to a digital scale, the weight at the heavier end of the plastic tab is the one that corresponds with the digital weight, but what difference is a couple pounds?

From: pdk25
Date: 11-Aug-18




I put a FF string on and shot a couple arrows. Firstmlm impression is thatnotnhas some handshock, which was to be expected. First arrows only weighed a little under 600 grains. Next one was around 700 grains, an improved the shock a bit. The one thing that stands out, is that this bow really sends an arrow. It is hard hitting, for sure. Hope to find out what it can do on a hog. Honestly, unless the broadhead hangs up on the offside shoulder, I would expect a passthrough.

From: tonto59
Date: 11-Aug-18




Wow! That Paul Bunyan Bow is pretty impressive. Thanks for posting that Pat.

From: Frisky
Date: 12-Aug-18




The Grail shouldn't even be mentioned in a Bunyan thread. What an insult to the Grail!

Joe

From: tonto59
Date: 12-Aug-18




ttt lol

From: casekiska
Date: 12-Aug-18




Those all fiberglass bows of the 1950s,...I would like to offer another perspective.

Back in their day, when they were compared to all else that was available, they were not that far behind in the performance category. No, maybe they could not compete with a '59 Kodiak, but they were somewhat competitive with the majority of bows on the market. They had three great advantages however: they were inexpensive, they were available almost anywhere, and they were extremely durable and abuse resistant. These factors; low price, availability, and durability put them in the hands of thousands of new archers back then and undoubtedly contributed to the great growth and expansion of archery and bowhunting that occurred during the mid-twentieth century. For these reasons I believe these old bows deserve a lot more respect than they normally receive.

From: pdk25
Date: 12-Aug-18




If FF material had been available for strings back then, the performance gap wouldn't have been all that great, since most of the laminated bows back then weren't FF compatible.

From: tonto59
Date: 13-Aug-18




Good Idea with the clothes pin to check draw length. Thanks for sharing that.

From: pdk25
Date: 13-Aug-18




No problem at all. You can also use a slice of small diameter pipe insulation.





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