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Old 01-31-2009, 05:54 PM
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Default bear 76er

what do you know of this bow, bought to play with till my bow comes in. here are some pictures!
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Old 01-31-2009, 07:17 PM
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Default Re: bear 76er

can i use this riser to warf a bow since it just flew all to *&#&.
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Old 01-31-2009, 09:20 PM
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Default Re: bear 76er

I have had one since 73 or 74. The handle is blue and limbs are red, #35. I had cammo tape on it for 20 years and recently peeled it off, got a new string and shot it, I haven't shot it all that time, I felt like a kid again shooting it! But it's not a bow I will shoot often, it's just a collector's item now.
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Old 02-01-2009, 12:37 PM
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Default Re: bear 76er

I have had several in the past, and currently have a 76er with the glass limbs, and a Minuteman with maple limbs. Both are 50#@28".

Surprisingly good shooters, and make great "knock-around" or fishing bows.

Sorry to hear yours broke, did you overdraw it?

Limbs can be had from time to time on the classifieds or the auction site.
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Old 02-01-2009, 12:46 PM
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Default Re: bear 76er

A Bear 76'er was my constant companion as a kid and my first "serious" hunting bow. It was all I could afford and I was thrilled with it. I took a good amount of small game with it and did a lot of bowfishing with it, too. Frogs, squirrels, rabbits, groundhogs... everything was fair game for me.

It was a good shooter. Not very fast, but effective, nonetheless.
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Old 02-01-2009, 04:03 PM
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Default Re: bear 76er

I've got a minuteman with two sets of limbs (38 and 50) and it is really a pretty good shooter, although I don't shoot it much since I went to WARFs. I don't think it is a riser you want to WARF. My suggestion would be look for a set of limbs (I see them pretty regular) or sell the riser (would probably sell easily on ebay) and purchase a good riser to WARF. What you could get for the 76er riser would probably buy you a BB riser, and save you a whole lot of touble.
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Old 02-01-2009, 04:53 PM
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Default Re: bear 76er

Not sure if the 76r and the Minuteman were the same. I always thought one of'em was a youth bow and the other with higher#-age limbs for adults. I've got 3 or 4 risers and a set of the solid glas limbs but one is pretty tweaked.

Some years back one of the well known bowyers made some higher poundage limbs for his, but something let go and he got whacked pretty seriously. If you look closely--at least on the red/white/blue risers I've got-- all that holds the limb is a pretty thin sheetmetal strap and some flimsey looking rivets.
I believe that the bowyer who was injured had created some sort of better limb attach system for his limbs but that the riser itself snapped under load. Some of our veteran shooters may recall more of the specifics of the incident

You have to remember that those bows were REAL early in the cast Al/Mg alloy tech development for bows. I'll bet that a big share of them have flaws, bubbles and contaminate inclusions in the casting. On top of that they are pretty thin in cross section. I personally would never put much faith or stress on one
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Old 02-01-2009, 06:34 PM
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Default Re: bear 76er

it was that thin sheetmetal that broke, i will get something else to shoot.
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Default Re: bear 76er

If it's just the strap that broke, you may not have had the limbs seated all the way into the socket. Don't ask how I know this, but I fixed mine by drilling through the limb and riser, then threading the hole in the riser for a screw. Worked great.

The strap only holds the limbs in alignment, there's no strain on it in normal use.
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Default Re: bear 76er

with light weight limbs drilling tapping might be OK, but that cast metal is thin compared with later bear cast products. I sorta figure they learned something from those 76/minuteman bows
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welded it , back in busness!!!!
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Good on ya! Good shooting!
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Default Re: bear 76er

Sorry to steal the thread but, does anyone know where I can get replacement tips for a 76'er??
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