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spacebarcowboy
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Hey tradgang!

I saw a guy near me is selling a 55# 62" Bear Alaskan bow for $50. I have not seen it but he says it is in good shape and he says he bought it 2nd hand in the early 60's and hunted with a few years and that it has hung in his closet since then.

I was trying to look at information about the Alaskan online and I did not really find much info other than it seems less desirable than some of the other bear models of the time. I was just looking to get opinions about the Alaskan. I am pretty new to archery, and the bow is a little heavy for me...I usually shoot a 40# bow, but I thought if it seemed like a good deal I would buy it. Also, I assume that as long as it doesnt have anything visibly wrong (cracks, twists) it should be safe to shoot.

Thanks for any opinions! (My first post to tradgang...)

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slowbowjoe
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Spacebar, I asked the same question a month or so ago here, and on another forum - didn't get a lot of feedback, but a couple of folks said it shot pretty well.
$50 is a really good price, if it's in shootable condition.
Important to consider is you're talking about jumping up 15lbs of draw weight (more than 30% higher than your usual bow). I'd strongly advise you to NOT get yourself overbowed.

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kevsuperg
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my first tradbow was a bear Alaskan. 62" 50@28" lemon yellow limbs.
I took two deer with that bow, very nice shooter but certainly not the fastest.
had several stress cracks in the glass but never seemed to be an issue.
I have since passed it on to my 30 yr old son.

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spacebarcowboy
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Yeah, would not jump right up to the 55# but keep it for later or shoot if every now and then for fun. I took a long time to even move up from 30# to 40#. I mostly thought this might be a good price on a cool vintage bow.

So are the Alaskans just kind of the low end bear model or how do they compare to the seemingly more desireable models like the grizzly or kodiak?

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Sam McMichael
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If it is in usable condition, I would take it in a heartbeat.

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The price seems good to me...well I will have to see the condition but I would love to hear more opinions about these bows.
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Im thinking that the model might be from 58 to 63. Might want to look at this link if you havent seen the thread yet:

http://tradgang.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=14;t=004656

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If it is in good shape, you will not have too much trouble selling for at least what you paid for it. I have two bear Alaskans. One is right hand only with lemon yellow fiberglass and brown glass limbs. The other is a 50 pound "Halloween" bow with orange limbs. It is incredibly light and a blast to shoot. 15 pounds in traditional archery is a big jump.

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spacebarcowboy
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I contacted the owner again this morning and the bow is no longer for sale...the dude's son wanted it. Typical! I had just gotten my hopes up. The poundage wasn't a good match for me after all though...I just couldn't pass up what seemed like a good deal...and the do look like cool bows!
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I had a 1960's Alaskan with mint green & yellow glass!? Great bow!!! Killed my first 2 deer with that bow in 1976 & 77. 50# @ 28" she was a keeper! The compound craze was just getting started. Some Camo paint, and a dozen Bear cedars with Razorheads, a Kwikee "suicide" quiver, and I was in business! (Quickly swapped the Kwikee, for a tape on Bear) I used that bow into the early 80's. God, I wish I still had it!!! [Frown]

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For 50 bucks you should by it just to look at it. If it's in good shape and shootable ....that's a bonus. I have a 45# 1969 model.......they shoot well.

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I like your signature: There is a fine line between Hunting, & Sitting there looking Stupid...
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