Decoding old Bear Serial Numbers


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    Decoding old Bear Serial Numbers

    Howdy! I'm a newbie. Not to archery, just to archerytalk. I just picked up a great old Bear Kodiak magnum, and the serial # is one of the following:


    Can any one help me understand what year this was manufactured, or anything else the number tells you? Thanks!

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    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    SE MI
    Unless it is a 64-69 there is no magic decoder. For those years the first digit is the year. After that all bets are off as Bear started fresh every month. Glass color, options, length, coin type, shape and materail all give good hints, but it takes a combination to get it nailed down close. For the 70's there is some ballpark serial number info listed below.

    "K's" are 1970 +

    My notes show

    KM 70-71 Bearcat and7 7/78 K mag

    KL 72-77 Black Bear and 70 Victor

    KN 70 Alaskan and 70 Tigercat

    KR 70-77 Grizzly

    GR 78 K Mag

    KZ 70-76 Super K

    KT 70-76 K Hunter

    KH 77 K Hunter and 78 Black Bear Hunter

    KU 70-76 K Mag

    KS 70-78 Little Bear

    KD 73-76 Super Grizz

    KE 70 Polar

    KX 70-76 Super Mag

    KJ 70-72 Tartar

    KV 70-77 Victor Patriot

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    That's good information. Thanks!

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