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    Bear Serial #

    Do the serial #s on these bows indicate when they were built?
    I just purchased a Grizzly with Serial # KR76315
    Can anyone provide some details about this particular model?

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    a few compounds, and a boat load of recurves/longbows


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    And another photo... why did I buy it, you may ask?
    Because I had an extra 54" string laying around that needed a bow to belong to.
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    Last edited by PineLander; January 11th, 2004 at 11:15 PM.
    a few compounds, and a boat load of recurves/longbows

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    One site I found states that the Serial #s preceded by a "K", began in 1970. I may be wrong, but I believe yours is a 1976. I just bought the identical bow. My serial # is KR76454. It's a nice shootin' bow.

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    If serial numbers starting with K becan in 1970.... I don't thing the next two numbers are the year. My Grizzly has a serial number of KR40555. Maybe the number after the "KR"?

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    Thanks for looking, John. I just came across probably the same site...
    http://www.stickbow.com/FEATURES/COL...hery/index.CFM

    Seems logical, as 76 are the first numbers after the K series.

    I traded away an old Browning Wasp recently, kind of felt like something was missing. An elderly fellow is dumping his collection of older bows on eBay. He has some good stuff... some old Colts, American Archery, Bear, Browning, Howatt, the Necedahs are gone though.
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    a few compounds, and a boat load of recurves/longbows

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    Dudley - hmmm... you're right.
    They started using the K prefix in 1970. Grizzlys were built between '58 and '78.
    a few compounds, and a boat load of recurves/longbows

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    Pine,

    I went to the link you posted, my Griz' has the "Canada 1953" patent on it. So that means it was made in 1972 or before. My father0in0law said he bought it before my wife was born--December 13, 1974. He thinks it was a few years before she was born.

    Going by they link, my bow was made between 1970-1972. The coin is flush with the riser and has raised markings. The coin is gold.

    Dudley

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    Right again, Dudley.

    Article says that in late '72, the raised medallion (rather than flush) was started.

    '71-'72 they used nickel-slver. The brass medallion (gold-colored) was used through '70. Since yours is a flush, brass one and a K-series serial #... it can only be a 1970.
    a few compounds, and a boat load of recurves/longbows

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    It seems loike my Grizzly may be a rare bow. Bear has been making Grizzlies for a long time. Anyone who knows the Griz knows that they are 58"--but mine is 56". Seems Bear made the 56" recurve for only a few years, and I have one of them!

    Dudley

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