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Years life of bow.

Messages posted to thread:
Crow#2 12-Jan-21
fdp 12-Jan-21
CStyles 12-Jan-21
BATMAN 12-Jan-21
George D. Stout 12-Jan-21
NY Yankee 12-Jan-21
KyPhil 12-Jan-21
Mike E 12-Jan-21
Nemophilist 12-Jan-21
Dennis in Virginia 12-Jan-21
Juancho 12-Jan-21
Wispershot 12-Jan-21
Justin 12-Jan-21
Bassman 12-Jan-21
Andy Man 12-Jan-21
grizz 12-Jan-21
Supernaut 12-Jan-21
scs 12-Jan-21
Danielb 12-Jan-21
S.C.C 13-Jan-21
Chairman 13-Jan-21
shortdraw 13-Jan-21
Skeets 13-Jan-21
trad_bowhunter1965 13-Jan-21
fdp 13-Jan-21
Jamie 14-Jan-21
Jamie 14-Jan-21
Phil 14-Jan-21
From: Crow#2
Date: 12-Jan-21

What would you expect the bbn life of most long bows. Especially BW

From: fdp
Date: 12-Jan-21

Till they blow up. Which seems snarky but isn't.

There are BW bows floating around out there from the '60's that are still fine just like many other brands.

Depends on how much you shoot it, and how you take care of it.

From: CStyles
Date: 12-Jan-21

In my experience most bows last decades. Get one that has been stored somewhere hot, like an attic, it will likely blow in short order. I have Bear bows from 1952, 1956, and 1958. All shot on a regular basis.

Date: 12-Jan-21

Certainly hope that IF or WHEN a bow fails that there are no extreme situations! BE CAREFUL OUT THERE ('cause I never know what's out there.)

From: George D. Stout
Date: 12-Jan-21

There is no time limit nor is there a bow that won't fail as some time or another. Most last many decades, some two days, so don't worry about what may happen or you'll never order a new bow.

From: NY Yankee
Date: 12-Jan-21

Some excellent quality bows have blown up early and some plain old factory bows from the 60's and 70's are still shooting. I have 2 '72 and 1 '71 that still shoot great. Each one is different.

From: KyPhil
Date: 12-Jan-21

Lets say you had a laminated bow with no internal flaws in the riser, lamsn glass or glue, no dry fires, no damage, not exposed to heat in cars or attics, or moisture in basements, was kept in a climate controled environment etc.. how long would it last? I dont know, 100 years, more? There is no way to tell but you know they can last 70ish years based on whats out there.

From: Mike E
Date: 12-Jan-21

I've had 3 '56K's a '57 Polar and a bunch of early '60's Kodiaks. Currently have a '56 Pearson and my newest/youngest bow is a '69 Necedah,,all were/are in VG condition,,just depends on how they are cared for. 'Coarse stuff happens but all in all a well cared for bow should last a couple of generations and more I would think.

From: Nemophilist
Date: 12-Jan-21

X2 with NY Yankee.

Well the oldest bow I have is a 1956 Bear Polar that is still good with no problems. But in 1998 I had a expensive custom bow that I owned almost two years that the upper limb broke on me at full draw.

From: Dennis in Virginia Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 12-Jan-21

I shoot and hunt with an early 82 Bighorn TD, a 54 Bear Kodiak, and a 98 Bighorn TD. The 82 and the 54 are the bows I use the most. They may fail the next time I use them, but you can't put a time limit on them. Enjoy them while you can and don't worry about how long they might last; they may out last you.

From: Juancho
Date: 12-Jan-21

My BW 70# has in excess of 300.000 shots (conservative number) in it's 27+ years since I had it made for me. I tested a longbow years ago that blew up on the second shot. A selfbow I made in 84' lasted until 87' shooting everyday . My first recurve cracked a limb withing a few month.I have seen composite bows from the XVI century still in one piece. I guess it depends on quality and care. By the way, it doesn't help the fact that my draw length is just over 31" .

From: Wispershot
Date: 12-Jan-21

Really depends on care and use. Just like tires on a car all depends on how you drive.

From: Justin
Date: 12-Jan-21

My Schafer is still going strong after all these years. All my hills are too.

From: Bassman Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 12-Jan-21

I have only had one glass bow let go. A Kaibab that I shot hard for 2 years. Bought it on Ebay. Looked good ,but who knows how it was taken care of. It let go at the fade of the top limb, and on average You will get more than Your money's worth with most bows unlike others things in life.

From: Andy Man
Date: 12-Jan-21

Basically a non issue if treated well

will out last you

From: grizz
Date: 12-Jan-21

I’ve got two left that are over 50 years old, both Bears. I suspect they will outlive me.

From: Supernaut
Date: 12-Jan-21

I just shot my 1957 Blackhawk Hornet for about an hour straight in the basement range. Still going strong.

From: scs
Date: 12-Jan-21

I have a Black Hawk that’s as old as me. Both coming up on our 55th birthdays. We’ll see which one of us lasts longer:)


From: Danielb Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 12-Jan-21

I just sold a Bear 1952 Cub. A good chance it will outlast me.

From: S.C.C
Date: 13-Jan-21

Have a 55 year old Bear Kodiak Magnum that’s been strung and unstrung and shot almost daily for 43 years,it’s still going strong and looks a whole lot better than I do for a 55 year old bow!

From: Chairman
Date: 13-Jan-21

I have had a few bows let go on me but still shoot a couple of 1952 bears regularly with no qualms.

From: shortdraw
Date: 13-Jan-21

I had a bow built about 8 years ago. I had been shooting it for a few weeks and while walking to the target to retrieve my arrows it blew up in m hand. About 8" of the upper limb came apart wood chunks and splinters and splintered glass everywhere. This was basically a new bow so it can happen. On the other hand I have bows from the late 60's early 70's that are still doing well.

From: Skeets
Date: 13-Jan-21

A BW PL is a very well made bow. I don't know of anyone ever having a problem with one. Jim here shoots almost every day. I forgot how many years he has had his BW's.

From: trad_bowhunter1965 Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 13-Jan-21

There's all kinds of Recurves and Hill Longbow, RD Longbow that over 30 years old and are still in being used

From: fdp
Date: 13-Jan-21

Any bow can let go regardless of who makes it.

I saw a BW blow up at full draw Inn the hands of the best bowhunter that I ever knew.

From: Jamie
Date: 14-Jan-21

Depends on a lot of things. No exact time

Draw length of shooter vs bow length is a huge one in my opinion. Arrow weight is also a huge factor. A heavier arrow is easier on the bow

From: Jamie
Date: 14-Jan-21

Depends on a lot of things. No exact time

Draw length of shooter vs bow length is a huge one in my opinion. Arrow weight is also a huge factor. A heavier arrow is easier on the bow

From: Phil
Date: 14-Jan-21

I sometimes shoot a Peter Muir longbow .. he died in 1891

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