Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall


repairing glass on an old Bear recurve?

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Lastmohecken 24-Nov-22
Orion 24-Nov-22
2 bears 24-Nov-22
Lastmohecken 24-Nov-22
Lastmohecken 24-Nov-22
Lastmohecken 25-Nov-22
B.T. 25-Nov-22
Lastmohecken 25-Nov-22
Jamie 25-Nov-22
From: Lastmohecken
Date: 24-Nov-22




The first bow I ever owned was a Bear Grizzly made in 1970 as best I can date it. It's a 43 pound at 56". My dad gave it to me, used in about 1975 or so.

Anyway, I never shot it that much, but kept it all of these years and was shooting it off and on a little this year. I have noticed what I believe to be a horizontal crack in the glass about 8" down from the top limb tip on the face of the bow limb. It hard to spot but in good light I can see it. At first I thought it might just be a scratch, but I believe it's a crack which can barely be detected to open if drawn back, but it hard to spot for sure.

I do like to shoot it once in a while, and it still shoots good, but I am worried that it might break, eventually. Is there any kind of patch or repair that could be done to this bow? Or should I regulate it to just a wall hanger?

From: Orion Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 24-Nov-22




Hmmmm. Difficult to tell without seeing a picture. Horizontal stress marks in the finish are fairly common on older Bear bows, but not where you found it. They usually occur from the fade outs 4 to 6 inches up the back of the limb. But it is possible that is what you found near the limb tip as well. It's in a high flex area.

Too, it would be unusual for the longitudinal oriented fiberglass to crack horizontally. Vertical cracks in the fiberglass, again lower on the limbs, are also fairly common on older bears.

Without seeing a picture, my guess is it is either a scratch or a horizontal crack in the finish. A scratch may be worrisome, depending on how deep it is, but a crack in the finish is not a problem.

From: 2 bears
Date: 24-Nov-22




Will it show up in a picture? We might be able to tell more about it. >>>----> Ken

From: Lastmohecken
Date: 24-Nov-22




Ok, Thanks, I will take another look at it.

From: Lastmohecken
Date: 24-Nov-22




I will try to post a picture, on here later. Got a Thanksgiving super to go to, right now.

From: Lastmohecken
Date: 25-Nov-22




Well, I never could seem to get a decent picture taken with my phone, showing the scratch/crack.

So, I will probably just leave it alone. But I guess my next question is: If I felt the need to, can a backing or patch be applied to the bow in that area? Is that every done? I figured on a Self bow that could probably be done, but I didn't know about a glassed recurve, like a Bear?

From: B.T.
Date: 25-Nov-22




Sounds like a finish crack, leave it alone.

From: Lastmohecken
Date: 25-Nov-22




I think maybe it is.

From: Jamie
Date: 25-Nov-22




Yea you would probably do more harm than good trying to fix it





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