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Old 09-27-2007, 11:49 PM
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Default Bear Supermag 48 Opinion

Hi, I'm new to this forums.

I'm looking for a short recurve bow. My draw Length is 29 inches. I'm interesting in Bear Supermag 48.

Need opinion about this bow.

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Old 09-28-2007, 03:32 AM
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Default Re: Bear Supermag 48 Opinion

I think the SuperMag was one of the worst bows Bear ever made. I think they're very good looking bows on the plus side of things, but the extremely sluggish performance and fact that almost all used SuperMags have stress cracks on the riser are good reasons to steer clear, in my opinion.

I like the 52" Kodiak Mag a lot more but it's not a very zippy performer, either.
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Default Re: Bear Supermag 48 Opinion

I bought one the first year they came out, 1966. Very slow and very unforgiving of poor shooting form/errors. I shot one deer with it and moved on to a Red Wind Hunter. If I wanted a super short bow I think I would be looking at Fedora, Kemp Quick Stick or even a Shrew. I think if you got a Super Mag you will be sorry. Almost forgot, I have a friend in Mass., John Tlucz, who makes the L'il Sucking recurves....48". He runs an ad in Traditional Bow Hunter. His bows are not speed demons but they are extremly stable and accurate and very pleasant to shoot. He has not made many bows in the past few years but I saw him this summer and he is back at it. If you would like contact info let me know.
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Old 09-28-2007, 04:13 AM
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Default Re: Bear Supermag 48 Opinion

By the way, Rodney Wright (www.rodneywrightarchery.com) makes a 46" Stalker that has a very nice write up at Pete Wards websit (www.peteward.com).:)
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Default Re: Bear Supermag 48 Opinion

I've had a Supermag and even though it was easy to carry, short to get through tight arrows, it was abyssmal to shoot. Even though I don't have your draw length, at 26" I could feel it starting to stack - this was confirmed by checking with a bow scale, not much but there was an increase from what it was drawing per inch from 24" on. Slow, too, but didn't have a chronograph, just felt slow compared to other bows.

From what I've shot, spoke to others, I would say one of the 52" Cascades, a Little Suckling recurve or what I used for a while, a Shrew. The shrew was 52" and a joy to carrry, not too bad to shoot, either.

Then again, I've pretty sucessfully come to terms with a 58" bow. Now I don't try to shoot from a blind, but some of the areas I hunt are pretty much jungle and you'd think a short bow is the way to go - form me it isn't.

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Default Re: Bear Supermag 48 Opinion

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I think the SuperMag was one of the worst bows Bear ever made. I think they're very good looking bows on the plus side of things, but the extremely sluggish performance and fact that almost all used SuperMags have stress cracks on the riser are good reasons to steer clear, in my opinion.
Yup. at 29" doubt you'll be very happy with it.

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Default Re: Bear Supermag 48 Opinion

Thanks, everybody.

For my 29 inches draw length, Is it good idea to choose a 48 to 52 inch bow, or I should go to longer bow as 56 or 58 inch.

Now I think I will go to some custom bow.
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Default Re: Bear Supermag 48 Opinion

At 29" draw, a 60" bow may be as small as you can go and still enjoy it.
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Default Re: Bear Supermag 48 Opinion

Just to add one more voice...I have a 52" bear power mag and I never touch it. I draw 27.5". It pinches my fingers and is also slow and hard to shoot. My 45# warf is so much faster I bet you'd need a 55 to 60# power mag to approach it in performance. If you're looking for suggestions, I would look hard at Quinn archery.
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Default Re: Bear Supermag 48 Opinion

Now I got a Hoyt GameMaster (62 inch) and Martin Mamba (58 inch), that's reason why I want to try a shorter bow.
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Default Re: Bear Supermag 48 Opinion

The Super Mag was designed when treestands were becoming popular and the advantages of a short bow were becoming a good thing to have. Bear archery made various bows in all areas of use to satisfy various bowhunting demands. I have owned and currently own a bear super 48. I have a 29 inch draw. This bow hits a wall(stacks for me) at 29. I am stll ables to shoot it very well out to 25 yards. After that my form and shot execution dont allow for good accuracy. Get a longer bow if you are still working on your shooting. The super 48 is not as forgiving as other bows. Dont let anyone tell you that this bow is junk and can't be shot accurately(Its up to the user). I've seen alot of deer killed with these short bows. In any case its a great bow designed with a purpose. Good luck!
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Old 10-01-2007, 04:53 PM
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Default Re: Bear Supermag 48 Opinion

I'd agree that any bow can be shot accurately. On good days I could shoot my 52" bear pretty well out to 20 yards. On bad days, the bow turned into an arrow sprinkler system
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Default Re: Bear Supermag 48 Opinion

I agree with everything that has been said.........oh I have used the supermag a lot and still use it a lot . Just think of it as a 38 special (standard velocity) belly gun. at times it could very useful! maybe more so than anyother bow under the circumstance.

remember, 2" 38 special revolver double action only and you will do fine with the supermag . I think I am on about my 8th pot boiler pig with the supermag. that ain't too bad a record with one bow

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Old 10-01-2007, 07:58 PM
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Default Re: Bear Supermag 48 Opinion

Ok, I'll admit this 3 arrow group was only 10 yds.



one of the things that close the deal for me with the supermag 48 is



the DAS SRF sight. Even in dark pig tunnels I can pick up the SRF. I shoot the sight lined up to the left side of the string. The system is automatic for me now. I don't even realize the SRF is there anymore.

bow is 45#@28. I like to shoot 30" 2016 with 3blade woodsman off the bow with my 28" draw.

Now I don't think I will be shooting any indoor leagues with the bow but it does have it's place.

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Default Re: Bear Supermag 48 Opinion

as you can see I am shooting the SRF off the belly side of the bow (DAS suggestion). Work great and helps protect the sight. I just drill two holes in brass bar stock. the supermag had two predrilled hole in the riser for a quiver. The top hole turned out to be prefect for the SRF.

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