Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall


Bear Takedown Opinions? Worth the money?

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Skeptix_907 18-Sep-21
Dan In MI 18-Sep-21
GUTPILEPA 18-Sep-21
GLF 18-Sep-21
Clydebow 18-Sep-21
[email protected] 18-Sep-21
GLF 18-Sep-21
MikeT 18-Sep-21
bowhunt 18-Sep-21
GLF 18-Sep-21
GLF 18-Sep-21
msinc 18-Sep-21
Primitive sniper 18-Sep-21
bowhunt 19-Sep-21
westrayer 19-Sep-21
Danielb 19-Sep-21
soap creek 19-Sep-21
Nemophilist 19-Sep-21
Nemophilist 19-Sep-21
tnlonghunter 19-Sep-21
Jon Stewart 19-Sep-21
stykshooter 19-Sep-21
Darryl/Deni 19-Sep-21
grizzley21 19-Sep-21
cut it out 19-Sep-21
Selden Slider 19-Sep-21
NETrad 22-Sep-21
randy_68 22-Sep-21
David Mitchell 22-Sep-21
GLF 22-Sep-21
Orion 22-Sep-21
limbwalker 22-Sep-21
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Boker 22-Sep-21
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Frisky 23-Sep-21
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From: Skeptix_907
Date: 18-Sep-21

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I'm considering buying the 50th anniversary takedown (b handle, 64" AMO) and I haven't been able to find many reviews of this latest model.

For anyone who's shot the 50th anniversary model or the other late model takedowns, what were your opinions? Are they as accurate as other bows in the $1,000 range? How was the quality overall? Pros and cons?

From: Dan In MI
Date: 18-Sep-21




Is it worth it? Purely subjective. Some people like Corvettes, some don’t. That means some like them, some don’t.

As for a review, the 50th is shaped (grip) like the original, so it is not like the recent era T/D’s. Having owned, and currently own, many Bear T/D’s of all eras, I like my originals and the 50th best.

From: GUTPILEPA
Date: 18-Sep-21




Yes if that is what you want

From: GLF
Date: 18-Sep-21




I've got the maple b handle with #3 limbs for 64". I'm drawing it about 31 1/2" and getting about 56 or 57lbs from it. She smooth as silk and quiet enough to not need silencers at 7 1/2" brace. For some reason Bear suggests a lower brace on the b riser than the a. Anyhow I only got about 5 hour and a half shooting sessions so far but so far she's a keeper. The shelf is cut 1/8" above the grip so it close to the hand. And it has the horn at the base of the grip like the 1969 1/2 had which I like cause my hand doesn't slip on it. I haven't chrono'd it but it seems as fast as my customs. I not really a Bear person but I like this one alot. P.s. fit n finish is perfect so far.

From: Clydebow
Date: 18-Sep-21




Bows are't accurate. That's up ti the shooter.

From: [email protected]
Date: 18-Sep-21




The Bear takedown is imo the best bow Bear makes.I would NOT pay extra anticipating "collector value".

From: GLF
Date: 18-Sep-21




Btw the limbs taper down nicely to small pointy tips.

From: MikeT
Date: 18-Sep-21

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Ive found the 50 yr TD to be a great shooting bow. The bow can shoot better than I can shoot it. The craftsmanship is super nice, pretty much flawless. Is it worth the price? I`m not someone that can afford to buy expensive bows. This is the 2nd new pricy bow Ive bought in 45 years, probly the last. It was alot of money for me, but I`m glad I got this bow. I got the B #1 limbs even though most my life I shot a 64" bow. Recent years I shot a 60" Kodiak Hunter with the same grip that I like. I`m not ruling out some #3 limbs in the future:)

I have a buddy with a older B #3 limbs, the 64" is super sweet to shoot.

There has been tons of posts on here about the 50 TD. If I had to have 1 thing I dont like, the shelf is cut super low to the grip where my fletching was cutting my hand, so I put a weather rest on it, which Ive always used on all my bows anyways. Perfect!

From: bowhunt
Date: 18-Sep-21




Yes thier worth it IMO.

You can pay way more for many other custom 3 piece recurves.

The Bear T.D is a very quiet,smooth and accurate bow in the right hands.The T.D system is virtually unbeatable and extra limbs are not cost prohibitive.Second hand limbs are also typically more available than other bows.

With a few sets of limbs and a couple risers you can have a bow that will do anything you need other than being a longbow.That can fixed by buying a longbow.

I have an A and B riser and 4 sets of limbs.The B riser with #3 limbs that you asked about is a very nice setup and particularly well suited for longer draws.But will work fine for guys with shorter draws.Pick up an A riser for those limbs and you got a really smooth shooting 60 inch bow for times when you need that.It wins the Most Versatile Player award in 3 piece bows.Other than ILF.But I prefer the Bears personally to ILF.

From: GLF
Date: 18-Sep-21

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Date: 18-Sep-21

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From: msinc
Date: 18-Sep-21




I really like the Bear take downs and have several. As already posted, you can get limbs easy enough for whatever you want to do. One of the biggest things not yet pointed out is the fact that they seem to hold their value pretty well. They are pretty "shootable", but no matter how you slice it, it is still a stick and a string. I wouldn't look for anything fantastic or incredibly different in a positive way when you shoot one. They are reasonably fast and very smooth and quiet as bows go. Best of luck!!!!

From: Primitive sniper
Date: 18-Sep-21




The 50th anniversary T/D is a shooting machine with it’s narrow limbs

From: bowhunt
Date: 19-Sep-21




"I would not look for anything fantastic"Quote by msinc.

I think thats a fair statement and could be made about any bow made essentially.Unless your just looking for a burner like a super curve that can shoot really really fast or one of the fastest longbows.

As far as just being a really well balanced bow with an excellant design that can do anything you really need a bow to do it excells.It has it all except the very high end speed.But it is fast enough!

As primitive sniper says the new limbs are really sleek/narrow and also have nice pointed tip overlay work that are attractive.I have always had a thing for narrow deep cored recurves.The older limbs do perform excellant IMO.I have 2 sets of newer limbs and 2 sets of older limbs and am happy with all of them.

From: westrayer
Date: 19-Sep-21




The Bears are now real fast, nor are they the slowest. The biggest thing is how you like the grip and balance. The do stand behind their bows. They have a near cult following.

From: Danielb Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 19-Sep-21

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There is no downside to a Bear T/D and the new grip is as nice as the old Grayling risers.

Your real problem is finding one.

From: soap creek
Date: 19-Sep-21




I've owned a lot of bows over the years. My go to bow right now is a latter model B TD with #1 limbs. I really like it. I really appreciate the take down system. So convenient, no tools required. Works great. They hold their value better than a lot of bows. I'm happy with mine. No regrets. I did pick mine up used and saved a little money that way.

From: Nemophilist
Date: 19-Sep-21

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I love my Bear Kodiak Takedowns. All of mine are B-Risers with #1 Limbs. They are great shooting, and hunting bows. I like the no tools takedown system. The Bear Kodiak Takedowns has never let me down on the 3D range or when hunting.

From: Nemophilist
Date: 19-Sep-21

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Are they worth the money is up to the individual buying it. What I paid for this 1984 factory camo Bear Kodiak Takedown was worth it to me. I absolutely love this bow. :)

From: tnlonghunter
Date: 19-Sep-21




Can't speak to the 50yr specifically. I absolutely love my A Riser. It's a 2018 production with the thin, high grip. Whether that's what a person likes is subjective, of course, but it's the best grip for my hand that I've shot. I like bows on the short side. I've been shooting it with #3 limbs for a few years (60" bow) and am now giving some serious workout to a set of #1 in the same weight. The #3 are just enough smoother and quite that I notice as soon as I put them on, but not so much better that the #1 are disappointing. They feel a slight bit "zippier", though that's probably all iny head.

All that's to say that if you like it, I'm sure you'll love it.

From: Jon Stewart
Date: 19-Sep-21




Would like to own one someday if the price was right

From: stykshooter Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 19-Sep-21




I have several of the bear take downs, as a matter of fact the photo posted at the start of this thread is of my two anniversary issues. Over the last 30 years I have owned and shot bows from most of the better known bowyers. I picked up my first Bear takedown back about a dozen years ago and have since moved to the point that almost all of the bows in my house are Bear takedowns.

I like the anniversary issue bows, and the anniversary limbs are outstanding performers. Very quiet and forgiving. The grip on the anniversary bows is definitely different than the ones on the bows leading up to its release. But then again, you can pick up a wooden riser Bear takedown and the grip feel a little different than another one that was made at about the same time. The grips are hand finished and two different guys can put their own spin on what they think the grip should feel like. That's why you see a lot of guys give some very good advice, hold and shoot the Bear before you buy it if you can. If you look at the first photo, you can see that even the grips on my two anniversary bows are a little different. The black maple one has a smaller, and lower wrist grip. I really like the looks of the black accent stripe in the anniversary bows and feels that sets them apart.

I also have a couple of the new mag risers and have nothing but good things to say about them. A very nice riser that makes for a very quiet bow. One of the advantages of the mag risers is that all of the grips are of course the same.

As far as being worth the money. When compared against another semi production bow like a Black Widow or Bob Lee, they are an outstanding value, and as was said above, they hold their value well. I've owned bows in the past that I had to practically give them away in order to move them on. If you're not happy with it they sell quickly and usually at a good price point. You rarely see a Bear T/D of a reasonable draw weight stay listed for more than a day or two.

From: Darryl/Deni
Date: 19-Sep-21




I now own six of them, my latest set up is the camo mag riser with #1 limbs. All of mine are the A riser except for one C. riser. I have wood, the old magnesium and the new aluminum models. All are excellent. Good enough in fact that the camo riser with the shorter limbs will replace my K.mags which I have used for hunting since 1968. Are they worth the price ? They sure are to me.

From: grizzley21 Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 19-Sep-21

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here are 2 older green stipes,,,,,

From: cut it out
Date: 19-Sep-21




I’ve had 3 over the years and personally think they are great bows! I prefer a low wrist grip myself, can’t comment on the new 50th anniversary model.

From: Selden Slider
Date: 19-Sep-21




I was always doubtful concerning the Bear T/D. After looking at them for more than 20 years I traded for one from the swap and trade thread. Wish I would have gotten one earlier. It's a very stable and comfortable shooting bow. The grip fits my hand perfectly. I now have a dilemma, shoot the Bear T/D or the Widow T/D. I've a lot more invested in the Widow but the Bear is so sweet. What to do, what to do? Frank

From: NETrad
Date: 22-Sep-21




I have several Bear T/D's including the new A Mag. I like the 50th anniversary the best. The handle shape fits me better than the others. All have been great bows, I prefer B handles and #3 limbs. I don't think that you would be disappointed.

From: randy_68
Date: 22-Sep-21




I have owned three Bear Takedowns. A newer A mag camo riser, a 2018 A wood riser and a 2014 wood B riser and I had three sets of limbs to mix and match. By far my favorite has been the A wood with #3 42# limbs. Second was the B with #1 limbs. I never warmed up to the Mag A riser and sold it not long after getting it. Now to throw a wrench in the mix, I traded for a 45# 2020 59 Kodiak reproduction and I shoot that bow better than any bow I've owned. Absolutely love it and it may take center stage when deer season opens in a couple weeks. As far as the bow being worth the price, I think they are especially if it's what you want and makes you happy. I bought all of mine used though so I did save quite a few dollars. I have only held one Anniversary riser and it was nice. Everyone seems to like them more than the std wood risers.

From: David Mitchell
Date: 22-Sep-21




I sure love mine and I've owned a bunch of customs.

From: GLF
Date: 22-Sep-21




My comments were for the 50th aniversary model. I've sha t a few others but never owned one to compare to. Frank I know tge feeling. My brand new BW Pmax has been sitting ever since the Bear came in. After the newness wears off that may change. We'll see.

From: Orion Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 22-Sep-21




I've been shooting sticks for more than 60 years. Couldn't afford a Bear TD when they first came out back in 69-71, but now it's the only recurve I own, and I've owned and/or shot most of the other high end recurves during that time.

It's a very stable bow, plenty fast enough, and, since they've been made for the past 50 years, there are a lot of reasonably priced older limbs on the market. Only modern ILF rigs offer more options.

In B risers, I like the green stripes, which are physically a bit lighter than the more recent models, with the exception of the 50th anniversary model, perhaps. I have a 50th anniversary black maple A riser, and it is considerably heavier than my other A wood risers. Though I don't own a 50th anniversary B wood riser, I expect it's quite heavy in the impregnated black maple as well.

I like the beefier grip on the 50th anniversary A model riser, though I find the grips on older risers to be comfortable as well.

The Bear TD is just a very versatile, solid bow. Not bad in the looks department either. I think they're worth the money.

From: limbwalker
Date: 22-Sep-21




In the late 70's, my brother and I used to ride our bikes down to the local sporting goods store just to look at the Bear T/D hanging over the counter. I don't think we were ever even allowed to touch it. But several times we'd ride down there to see if anyone had bought it yet. We were that enamored with the bow. I always knew I'd own one someday.

For whatever reason, that day didn't arrive for 43 years, when on Monday the two components of my Bear Custom Kodiak Takedown arrived - a B handle from 2006 (courtesy of a kind member here) and a pair of brand new 50th Anniversary #3 limbs. I have $800 in the combination.

I think they are one of the top three best-looking recurves ever made. They are also lighter than I was expecting, which was a plus to me.

I am very picky about the grips on my bows, having shot target archery now for 18 years, and within a day of receiving my B handle I went to work on the grip with a wood file and sander. I now have it where I want it - or as close as I can get with that narrow handle. I was going to buy a 50th anniversary handle but didn't like the looks of the grip at all. Maybe I should have if they have a thicker grip, so I would have had more material to work with. Regardless, what I have now is shootable and yes, that bow WILL shoot.

I've been blessed to own a number of high-performance traditional bows and ILF recurves over the years. I'd put this Bear T/D right up there with the best of them for shooting performance and manners. It's the closest non-ILF bow I've shot to my beloved pre-ACS Adcock Takedown longbow that I have found, and that is very high praise indeed.

I was concerned about it's smoothness at my long draw, but in the 64" configuration, it's plenty smooth for my 31" traditional draw length.

I spent last night modifying an old side-mount quiver to fit my handle, and it's going to work out really well once I finish it.

The bow looks fantastic and shoots as good as it looks. I have no idea why I waited so long to be honest. They just always seemed so expensive to me, and I've had so many other bows over the years I guess it just was one of those "someday" things. But then I woke up a few weeks ago, smelled the fall air and said to myself "John, you ain't getting any younger... time to get a Bear Takedown."

I'm glad I did. It sits alongside my Adcock longbow on my bow rack as the only non-ILF bows I own, and they compliment one another really well. I can't wait until hunting season begins.

John

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Date: 22-Sep-21

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From: Boker
Date: 22-Sep-21




I have the A and also had the B

The B had a super chin my grip didn’t care for it. The A is ok but like my 2017 Red stripe better.

The TD in my opinion is the best bow out there if you can look past a few minor thinks.

Fit and finish on some are better than others but will say both the 50th were decent.

I have had many risers a d not two have been the same. In the grip etc. in.

Best option is to handle a lot and choose one however that’s not a real option for most of us.

As a lefty it’s been a game of hide and seek. Won some and lost some.

From: Nemophilist
Date: 22-Sep-21

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I always wanted a Bear Kodiak Takedown but couldn't afford one. After I got out of the U.S. Army I had a few bucks saved up and I got a good job with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections I decided I'm buying one, so I bought my 1989 Bear Kodiak Takedown. In 1992 Gene Wensel signed it for me at one of his seminars.

From: stykshooter Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 22-Sep-21

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When contemplating a Bear T/D, don't overlook the new mag risers, With a set of the anniversary limbs they make a very nice bow, at an attractive price point. I like the character of the wooden risers but these aluminum risers are really growing on me...

From: limbwalker
Date: 22-Sep-21




I can see how these bows can become an addiction. I was shooting mine just now, in the dark with a light on my bale across my driveway. Drilling the center almost every shot. Now I want to try one of the newer Mag risers - mostly bc I know the grip will fit my hand straight away without modification.

My next purchase will be a 40# set of limbs to go with my 45's.

Damn these things shoot good.

From: rare breed
Date: 23-Sep-21




Many moons ago, I would occasionally have "late night talks" with late Al Reader over the phone. Of course, the conversations revolved around "Anything Bear", the man's knowledge was immense. And, Al flat-out told me he felt the Bear Mag risers (particularly the A and B risers) shot better than the wooden ones. And this was coming from a man who had 150 Bear takedowns-- each in various models!! I own three wooden handles, all B risers, and four Mag risers. I had to agree with Al on this point. For those discerning archers, Bear takedowns are a fine and beautiful addiction... Shoot Straight, rare breed

From: Frisky
Date: 23-Sep-21

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I feel the Bear TD is not perfect but is the best bow I've ever shot. On my A riser and #1 limbs, the workmanship was cosmetically perfect. The bow is as easy to hit with as any bow I've ever shot and is the quietest bow I've ever shot! Speed is excellent. No slouch at all. After about 2 months of use, mine did develop the clicking sound on the draw. I fixed it, in about two minutes, but I wasn't happy about it. I'm thinking a quick spray of Plasti- Dip, just on the ends of the limbs, at the base, should be a permanent fix and only take a minute to do. I'll do that after the season. For now, I placed tape on the ends and totally eliminated the click. Overall, that was a little flaw in the bow, considering how well it shoots!

Joe

From: Rooty
Date: 23-Sep-21




If you get one with no issues yes. Hoyt Satori is a safer choice.

From: hawkeye in PA
Date: 23-Sep-21




To the op's question yes. Been shooting one since 1983. Even before that with mag riser.

From: George D. Stout
Date: 23-Sep-21




This shouldn't even be a question. Yes, there is always a 'better choice' in someone's mind, but it's been a viable and reliable weapon since 1970 when Fred first offered the takedown in their catalog.

I've owned three of them (wood risers) and several mag risers too, and wouldn't hesitate to buy one if I wanted one again. I certainly would value it as much as any custom made today, it shoots just as well and has that Bear nostalgia/history that modern customs can't even approach.

From: Nemophilist
Date: 23-Sep-21




Let's see some more Bear Kodiak Takedown pictures.

From: msinc
Date: 23-Sep-21

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Here is a few of mine....

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Here is a different angle of the squadron.....

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Back view.....

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Date: 23-Sep-21

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An extra A riser that don't have "it's own limbs"....no place to really put it so I hung it on a Reynolds trapper backpack I made. Yep that's the ones that guys put taxidermy on.....There is also a Quillian Patriot riser with it.

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Date: 23-Sep-21

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These ones I shortened to fit.

From: Live2Hunt
Date: 23-Sep-21




Super K's in any style are a great looking bow for sure.

From: msinc
Date: 23-Sep-21

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I was lucky enough to secure two sets of RER limbs for my Custom Kodiaks.....these have static tips, I think they are bocote under clear glass and they are very fast. Unfortunately they are no longer made, but as aftermarket limbs go they are one of the best for the Bear take downs!!!

From: Dartwick
Date: 23-Sep-21




If you like a bow enough to spend your money on it(and it doesnt break) then its "worth it."

If you were to use some sort of performance metric as related to price - then many bows(including most Bears) arent "worth it."

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Date: 24-Sep-21

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Date: 24-Sep-21




Won’t be too many pics Nemo. Seems you own all of em. ??

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From: limbwalker
Date: 24-Sep-21




After owning my first, I could easily see how these bows could become an addiction. Then Styk proved me right. LOL

Are they "worth it" in terms of performance? I'd say yes and no. Not many bows, even the most expensive customs, are going to out-shoot a good ILF metal riser with quality ILF limbs. So for around $600-700 you can get an ILF rig that will hang with any bow made, regardless of price - if you're just talking performance.

But when you combine the history, the looks, the light weight and the performance, I don't mind that I have $800 in my Bear Takedown. I don't feel I overpaid. Not when I see that arrow zipping into the middle time and time again.

From: BigB
Date: 24-Sep-21




I hope to get one one day. Love seeing all the pictures.

From: stykshooter Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 24-Sep-21




Yeah, I guess I have a bit of a problem.

I agree with what Limbwalker said. I also own several ILF bows that may shoot a couple feet per second faster than my Bear T/D's, But I don't know that any are more "shootable". By that I mean forgiving, for my style of shooting at least. Once I have one set up and tuned I can stand there and drop the arrows where I want them time after time. Even when I get that glitch on a shot, usually the arrow drops in. I've shot a bunch of different bows and I haven't had that benefit with other bows.

From: limbwalker
Date: 24-Sep-21




Styk all I ask is that you give me the dates and GPS coord's to your garage sale someday. :D

After 18 years of target competition with recurves, I know a good shooting bow. And you're right - this Takedown I have will drop arrows in the spot with any ILF bow I've shot.

Kinda makes me want to get a magnesium "C" handle and set it up with these limbs as a full Olympic rig, just to see how it would do. Based on what I've seen so far, I think it would do quite well.

From: Darryl/Deni
Date: 24-Sep-21




Limbwalker I used a C riser for FITA all through the mid to late seventies and shot a lot of scores over 1200 that were pretty good for the time. Still have mine set up with 35 lb. limbs, a check it sight, and the original stabalizer for it and of course my clicker. Can still do low 290's indoors with it. John Williams (1972 Olympic gold ) convinced me to go to a Hoyt T.D which I did but never shot that much better with it. Vic Berger sure shot them well for sure, it was an excellent target bow and will hang with anything they make today. Hey, Styxshooter lives close to me so I got dibs on his garage sale, heck I have already bought a couple off him for my collection and use.

From: Jack Whitmrie jr
Date: 25-Sep-21




I hate noisy bows and my bear TD is whisper quite! It shoots as good as ANY bow made IMO. Mine is an all bubinga (sp) and real skinny grip. Only negative is shelf is cut real low ,so feather cuts me sometimes.

From: smokin joe Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 25-Sep-21




Absolutely worth the money.

From: limbwalker
Date: 27-Sep-21




Darryl/Deni you're tempting me now. :D

From: soap creek
Date: 27-Sep-21




I like what George said in his last post. Pretty much sums up my thoughts as well. If not in a hurry you can find some deals. I bought my riser (like new B wood handle) for $425 and after some horse trading, got a set of newer limbs for under $200. I like mine as good as any bow I've owned. Love the take down system. Great bows, and have good resale value. Looking to buy a mag riser sometime. It's addictive.

From: limbwalker
Date: 12-Oct-21




Just bought my 2nd set of #3 limbs (40#, 50# at my DL) for my B handle. They shoot as good as the first pair (45's, 55# at my DL). Should cover me for whatever I feel like hunting from now on.

I still can't get over how light this bow is for a takedown recurve. Zippy as hell too. Love it.

From: SB
Date: 12-Oct-21




My go to bow for years was an 86 greenstripe. After an injury I had to switch to L/H....so can no longer shoot it. But at 800.00 just for a riser I guess it's relegated to a wall hanger with lots of memories. The pricing these days is ludicrous! Nobodys wages has gone up tenfold! Especially Soc.Sec., which a lot of us are trying to survive on.

From: Frisky
Date: 12-Oct-21




SB is right. Wages have not kept pace with inflation since 1980. Everything is grossly overpriced. I traded for my bow or I wouldn't own it. That said, it's the best bow I've owned.

Joe

From: rare breed
Date: 13-Oct-21




A Blast From The Past: Fred Bear developed the Kodiak Takedown for his various hunts. Beyond the marketing magic, it became his personal favorite. A truly gorgeous bow. (Many moons ago, I happened into Hugh Rich Archery when he had his amazing shop on Brand Blvd. in Glendale, CA. Hugh had a Bear takedown "prototype" hanging on the wall, took it down and let me handle it) Fred - along with many other archery greats - would often send their prototypes to Hugh to "field test". He ran them through the ringer, beat 'em up and shot the dickens out of them in all kind of conditions-- a real no bullshit guy. Then, he would give "notes" on their performance, the good and the bad. I saw a number of other well-known takedowns hanging on those vaunted walls (bow quivers, too) It was a veritable "archery museum". I've owned a number of Bear TDs over the years, and without question, they remain the best mass-produced takedown ever produced. Shoot Straight, rare breed...

From: limbwalker
Date: 13-Oct-21




SB where are you seeing $800 for just a riser? That would be ridiculous. I found a minty 2006 riser for about half that.

Best mass-produced takedown recurve ever? I can't disagree with that now that I have one. I knew they were good bows. If I had known how good, I wouldn't have waited 43 years to get one.

From: GLF
Date: 13-Oct-21




Risers aren't even close to 800. I'm thinking mine was just under 600. The whole bow was just under 1000. Most so called customs are from 1300 and up.

From: SB
Date: 13-Oct-21




600.00- 800.00. Whats the diff...havn't got that kind of money laying around! Bought my greenstripe with 2 sets of limbs in 1993 for 250.00 from Lamont at The Footed Shaft. Never had a tenfold pay increase since then...

From: SB
Date: 13-Oct-21

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When did they make the red stripe version? I never knew there were that many variations in the takedown! My collecting over the last 30+ years has mostly centered around the kodiaks and Super Kodiaks.

From: SB
Date: 13-Oct-21




Ya...I used to have a job!..and did side work in the garage on weekends for "mad" money! Retired in 2010...havn't bought a bow since then.

From: Bassmaster
Date: 13-Oct-21




I have paid over 200 bucks for some specialty bass rods with out batting an eye. Still have them, and they have paid for their self 5 times over. A beautiful bow like the Bear take down would be well worth it to me if that is what I really wanted, and had some spare change to buy it. Would be nice to get one in your hands to try it for fit.That is the most important thing about buying a bow.

From: Frisky
Date: 13-Oct-21

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My 2018 riser is a red stripe.

Joe

From: MikeT
Date: 13-Oct-21

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I never get tired of the Bear bow threads! My black stripe is a year old already! Its been my full time shooter, and no complaints.

From: Phil Magistro
Date: 13-Oct-21




I bought my first Bear Takedown in 1984. Since then I've had one on my bow rack most years. Some wood handles fit me better than others. Sometimes I'd sell one to buy another. I never shot a mag takedown in all those years so recently I bought an A Mag in camo and paired it with #3 limbs. There has been continued improvements in limbs by Bear. I shot old red tips and white tips for years (with low stretch strings)but the new limbs are smoother and noticeably better performers.

Eventually, when a deal comes along, I'll add a B riser because I like the bigger sight window but I have to say that I'm impressed with how smooth an A is with longer #3 limbs.

From: SB
Date: 13-Oct-21

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Stykshooters caught my eye. Never seen one like that!

From: randy_68
Date: 13-Oct-21

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Doing what it's made to do.

From: msinc
Date: 13-Oct-21




SB, they started the red stripe/black riser version in 2011 and as far as I know, it is still available today...the only change was in 2011-2012 the black riser wood was "dymondwood" which is a trademark of the Ryland plywood company. That outfit burned down and was unable to recover. Bear went to a solid dyed black maple riser after that. If you go back up to stykshooters post he has a nice B riser with the dymondwood and in my post the A riser is also dymondwood. You can tell because it is a lamination and shows a different grain pattern. The solid dyed maple is just that, solid wood that is black and subject to "birthmarks" where the wood refuses to take the stain.

From: SB
Date: 13-Oct-21




...justlike previous "futurewood" models which I believe started to appear in 1976! Didn't they have a couple recent Phenolic models?

From: stykshooter Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 14-Oct-21

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From: stykshooter Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 14-Oct-21




SB, that is an all Bubinga riser. They offered it for a year or two starting about 2012. If you look at the photo of the bear hanging on my wall both of the left hand bows are all Bubinga, an A and a B.

That particular A riser with #3 57 pound limbs is one of my all time favorites. It has hunted with me in nine states so far.





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