I haven't really been in a position to buy any bows for a while, but I still like watching the used market. I came across one on the big auction site last week though that caught my eye.
It was a recurve that was spray painted camo and the only information in the description was "vintage longbow". I looked the pictures over real well and decided I was at least 95% sure of what it was, a Ben Pearson 709 Hunter, and there weren't any obvious signs of abuse or major issues.
The asking price was around $70 and it had an option to make an offer. Since paint could potentially hide defects, I decided to offer $50, and after one counter offer, the seller agreed to $55. I figured even if it ended up not being shootable, I've spent that much on decorations before, so I could hang it on the wall and not be out too much. It arrived yesterday, and I could tell even with the paint that I'd been correct about it being a BP Hunter. Here's how I got it:
This was my first bow with paint on it, and after asking around with guys that had dealt with it before, I settled on lacquer thinner and extra fine steel wool as the safest option to remove the paint without damaging the bow. I was curious as to the draw weight, so I cleaned off left side of the grip and got my next good surprise. 47#, my absolute favorite hunting weight. Literally, I have one custom bow where I specified the weight, and its 47#. Couldn't get much luckier than that.
After removing the rest of the paint, I found it to have no major issues. There are a few dings in the riser, a little crazing in the clearcoat on the backs of the limbs, and some very faint stress lines in the glass near the riser. Overall, it's a really nice bow, especially for $55. I've seen this model bow in similar condition go for $125-$150, and slightly better condition as high as $300 recently. I'm tickled pink at how it came out. I did rub all the way through the clearcoat in a couple of spots where the paint was tougher to get off, so I'm in the process of putting a few coats of poly on today. I did get a few shots off of it, and I think I may have a new go to hunting bow come October.
Ben Pearson 709 Hunter 58" 47#@28" Zebrawood riser, black glass back, green glass belly.
Here she is on the rack above her 42# little sister that I already had. A pair of BP Hunters at 42 & 47# should make for a nice primary and backup bow when the leaves start changing. .
-------------------- In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities. In the expert's there are few...So the most difficult thing is always to keep your beginner's mind...This is also the real secret of the arts: always be a beginner. Shunryu Suzuki Posts: 15870 | From: tribes hill , new york | Registered: Jan 2008
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