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NIGEL01
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Its a 65 Bear Grizzly. It says 55# but feels like 65#. Haven't weighed it with my scale yet, but would like to bring it down at least 5lbs. Would rather not sand the the flats, but was wondering if I carefully sanded the limbs edges equally would that work? I read the thread on "trapping" would that work? Would rather not wreck the bow because of the beautiful zebra wood.
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Pat B
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I think I'd trade it off for a bow with the correct weight.

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Depending on how rounded the sides are now you can maybe get 4-5 off getting aggressive. Kinda small trap on both sides.
Although I would vote for getting the correct weight bow and sell that one.

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LittleBen
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Make personal feeling on reducing weight is that if you wouldn't be comfortable doing the tillering during the building process, you probably shouldn't try reducing the weight.. Especially on a bow you cherish.

Reducing weight isn't necessarily going to go a smoothly as 10 strokes on each edge and done. Particularly if you have to take off a fair amount of material. It can be hard to do both sides the same.

I put this kind of thing in the category of "if you have to ask".

I'm just saying I would not be cutting my teeth on a bow I care about.

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Thanks all. I've refinished a couple of bows, that I know inadvertently reduced weight a couple pounds by over sanding the limbs. This bow has numerous stress lines and cosmetic issues, so I thought it would be a fun winter project. I've also realized that if alter a vintage bow I will never sell it to anyone else. So I guess it goes back to the classifieds! Thanks again
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