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Old 10-16-2007, 04:11 PM
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Default Damon Howatt Hunter Question

Just purchased a Damon Howatt Hunter. The limb indicates 40X# at 28", AMO 62", serial number HH3811. Does this indicate that the bow is 40 pounds at a 28 draw length? From the pictures, bow appears to be in very fine shape. The seller said he believes it was made in late 60's or early 70's. Can anyone confirm manufacture timeframe? Also interested in a recommendation for best string to use on this older bow.
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Old 10-16-2007, 07:34 PM
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Default Re: Damon Howatt Hunter Question

I'm pretty sure the "X" denotes a little over 40 at 28", although I don't know how much. I can't help on the manufacture date, but maybe someone will be along who can. As for the string, do not use low stretch materials, as this bow wasn't built for FF strings. Use only dacron (B50/B500), either flemish or endless. I use a 57" string with my Hunter. Mine likes a brace of 8.25".

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Old 10-16-2007, 07:56 PM
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Default Re: Damon Howatt Hunter Question

IMO, the DH Hunter 1 piece recurves are among some of the finest bows ever made. I had one that was 25 years old, and it shot great.

PM Larry Hatfield with the serial #'s. He'll be able to date it for you.
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Old 10-17-2007, 08:42 AM
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Default Re: Damon Howatt Hunter Question

if you post a picture of the bow, i can be more accurate with dating. we have been building those bows for so many years that serial numbers are starting to duplicate.
sorry about that.
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Old 10-17-2007, 08:57 AM
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Default Re: Damon Howatt Hunter Question

Thank you all for the feedback.

I have attached a couple pictures that show the bow and limb information.
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Old 10-17-2007, 09:08 AM
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Default Re: Damon Howatt Hunter Question

My guess would be early 80's. But Larrry would probably know for sure.
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Old 10-17-2007, 12:03 PM
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Default Re: Damon Howatt Hunter Question

lambow is right on with the year it was made. 1983. it is an experimental bow. i imagine one of a kind, don't think i did two of them. it was sent down to martins along with some other changes in materials, woods, etc..
they chose to stay with the bubinga/shedua stripe that we started in 1980 and stayed with until 1985.
we have never changed the limbs on that bow. we've never found a better combo than we came up with back in 1963.
we started making that model in 1955. even made an 66" model at one time back in the fifties. last lam/take-off congiguration was in 1963.
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Old 10-17-2007, 12:32 PM
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Default Re: Damon Howatt Hunter Question

Larry, thank you for the information on the bow. I guess you never know what you are going to get when you buy on eBay.

Given that it was an experimental bow (kind of cool), should I expect it to perform like any other Hunter? Should I be cautious about using it?
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Old 10-17-2007, 01:41 PM
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Default Re: Damon Howatt Hunter Question

goodness I love those wooden flipper bows. I hunted for yrs and yrs with a wooden recurve and flipper.......heck I still hunt that way except now the riser is AL (most of the time)

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Old 10-17-2007, 02:48 PM
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Default Re: Damon Howatt Hunter Question

i would shoot it! the limbs are the same as the newest one.we only change the hunter cosmetics, not the limbs or takeoff angle.
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Old 10-17-2007, 04:03 PM
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Default Re: Damon Howatt Hunter Question

Back in the late 80's, I remember in one of the bowhunting mags, they did a review of a Hunter. If I remember right with a 55# @ 28 and a 2213 the results showed over 200fps. I remember going to the archery shop and telling Bill, if I can shoot a 2213 out of the 55# bow he had for sale, @200fps I would by it........SOLD!!!!!!
I just bought a ML-18 last week, what a find still one of the best ever....... still wish it was made.........Mark
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Old 10-17-2007, 05:55 PM
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Default Re: Damon Howatt Hunter Question

I believe it was Norb Mulaney who did the article on the bow, I've got a copy of it somewhere. I was stationed at the Pentagon at the time and drove up to Bowhunters Discount Warehouse in PA and bought one in 55# with the blond laminated birch riser. It pulls somewhere between 55 and 60 lbs, but with one exception all my Martins have pulled a tad heavier than marked. I was just out shooting it tonight and it really flings 2215s with Bear razorheads and short inserts. It is one of the fastest, quietest and shock free bows I've shot, regardless of maker or price. I'll be carrying it tomorrow during a scouting treck in a new area. By all means shoot yours or you'll be missing some fun shooting!
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Default Re: Damon Howatt Hunter Question

I acquired a Howatt Hunter in 2004.

The bow is absolutely cherry and, I am told had less than 20 arrows ahot through it.

Serial number is 6657.

Attached, is a photo of the riser.

Being as I am 71, and the bow measures out at 60+ pounds @ 28 inches (I draw 30), I don't shoot it all that often.

I believe it was made mid 80's.

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Old 11-27-2013, 09:27 AM
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Default Re: Damon Howatt Hunter Question

Small world - the guy that actually built it posting on it 20 years later. Very cool. I agree shoot it! I don't think Larry was building it as a wall hanger 20 years ago.
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Old 11-27-2013, 09:29 AM
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Default Re: Damon Howatt Hunter Question

That is a beautiful Hunter pprehn! And a great weight!
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