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Fred Bear POLAR LTD

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Xtecera 01-Apr-07
Jerry © 01-Apr-07
Threewolves 01-Apr-07
Xtecera 01-Apr-07
CurveBow 02-Apr-07
GregE 02-Apr-07
Bow Crazy 02-Apr-07
smarba 02-Apr-07
GregE 02-Apr-07
Mike the Cheesehead 03-Apr-07
Ironbow 03-Apr-07
Ron Reddon 03-Apr-07
wimpyhunter 25-Mar-09
Razorhead 25-Mar-09
Willis5 25-Mar-09
vtbowhunter307 25-Mar-09
Drenalin Rush 25-Mar-09
x-man 25-Mar-09
wimpyhunter 25-Mar-09
city hunter 25-Mar-09
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From: Xtecera Date: 01-Apr-07
There's a blast from the past. One Question:

Does anybody know if/how you can shorten the draw length on this ancient bow???

I'll tell you why. I have an immaculate one hanging in the storage room. It's adjustable from 40# to 65#. I'm thinking of setting it at 40# to effortlessly do a million repetitions of blank bale practice, mostly aimed at back muscle release & draw hand work. Unfortunately, it has about a 31" draw length. I'd like to get it down to 29-1/2". Is it true that the Romans used this bow in the campaign against the Gauls in 121BC???

From: Jerry © Date: 01-Apr-07
That piece of art was my first compound and I still have it. I'll never get rid of it (no one wants it, lol) I'll have to go look to answer your question....

From: Threewolves Date: 01-Apr-07
I do not think so, unless you messed with the string length. Great bow, I killed my first deer with one. Really smooth to pull back. Paul

From: Xtecera Date: 01-Apr-07
Well ... I figured this thread would drop like a stone. LOL But I figured it was worth a shot that SOMEBODY might have the ancient manuscript that came with the bow ... perhaps kicking around in the catacombs below their temple.

Yeah, the LTD does draw smoothly ... but the back wall feels like it's 3" long.

From: CurveBow Date: 02-Apr-07
Change the string. Shorter string = shorter draw length. Plus, as the draw length shortens, the draw weight will come down. I've used this trick on an older Hoyt and an ancient PSE years ago.

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From: GregE Date: 02-Apr-07
The Polar LTD was the follow on the to the Polar II that I bought for $126 in Dec 1976 in Penny's in Montgomery AL. It had laminated wood limbs and I won several NFAA State level tournements with it

I don't remember if it had the Tri Draw string slots on the cam like the later Whitetail II. I do remember adjusting the length of the cable pigtail to fix a timing problem.

With the 6 cable angle changes it was a very ineffecient and slow bow. But we and the deer didn't know that. 8^)

Greg

From: Bow Crazy Date: 02-Apr-07
My first compound bow and I killed my first deer with it too. When I was in the army I had it stolen...I wish I still had it. It would look great on my wall.

BC

From: smarba Date: 02-Apr-07
Isn't it correct that if one shortens the string, the draw weight INCREASES? That was my understanding anyway.

Carl

From: GregE Date: 02-Apr-07
Carl, nope. Shorten the cables and it increases though.

From: Mike the Cheesehead Date: 03-Apr-07
I have an Old Bear Whitetail Hunter that I bought new back in about 1974. It is similar to the Polar LTD and I put a shorter string on it years ago so a girlfriend could shoot it and it also reduced the draw weight, but it worked fine.

From: Ironbow Date: 03-Apr-07
You can adjust the draw length on it. Where the cable wraps around the stops at the end, just past where the last wheel is on the arms that you adjust the draw weight on, it can be loosened with an allen wrench and hex wrench. Put the hex wrench on it, loosen the allen bolt, slowly unwind the cable, tighten the allen bolt. You will have to do it on both sides, and time the wheels, but it will work. You can also use a slightly shorter string, and fine tune it with the adjustments. Those old bows really were adjustable, most folks just didn't realize it. Have fun.

From: Ron Reddon Date: 03-Apr-07
Ironbow notes the adjustment post solution, as that is how I used to adjust mine.

I've still got the scars on my forearm from shooting that particular bow. Mine was a biter, even though I had the draw length more than short enough for me. It was still in excellent shape when I gave it to my nephew as a hand-me-down bow about 8 years ago.

The bow's shelf, however, does limit the use of most center shot rests, as the shelf is pretty shallow for using a rest of that style, so fingers is best with it. I finally did find a cheap center shot rest that worked OK, but I can't remember what it was.

From: wimpyhunter Date: 25-Mar-09
I still have my Polar LTD, I had it since 1979 still in great shape. I had no need to replace it since the deer die just as dead If I hit them right. I am somewhat disable due to an injury to my right shoulder so I have it set to its minimum power 35# it is better to shoot accuretly at a lower setting than poorly at a higher one, something that a lot of new archers do not realize. In the archery club I belong to I see them with 70 and 89 lbs bow shaking like a leaf in a storm but they think that they need that much power to hunt. Yes the trajectory would improve but a miss with a high power bow is still NO cigar.

From: Razorhead Date: 25-Mar-09
If you aren't going to shoot it the simplest thing to do is tie a few knots in the string to shorten it until you get it where you want. Otherwise, lengthen the cable from the cable stop nut that is on the weight adjustment bracket - just as Ironbow described above. You also could play around with the length of the cable pigtail coming out of the wheel down to the string - shorten it. There is an allen screw that goes throught the middle of the wheel that anchors the pigtail - just loosen it up and adjust the length.

Back then you didn't pull to the wall, you tried to shoot from the middle of the valley as the old round wheels won't give you a nice hard wall to hit.

I had a Bear Polar II and I was adjusting the heck out of it all the time. Have fun.

From: Willis5 Date: 25-Mar-09
A Polar LTD was Dad's first compound... He wishes he still had it...

From: vtbowhunter307 Date: 25-Mar-09
A Polar LTD was my first compound bow. I took my first deer with a bow with it when I was 15. I will never part with it.

From: Drenalin Rush Date: 25-Mar-09
I still have my Polar LTD- I retired it to carp fishing duty, where it has scored several thousand Bugle-mouth Bass!!

From: x-man Date: 25-Mar-09
This thread is almost as old as the bow. :)

From: wimpyhunter Date: 25-Mar-09
I have the same bow and a copy of the original manual. I could send you a copy of it if you wish can scan it I do not have a scanner but send me a message and I will mail it to you. Acording to the manual the draw length is adjusted by shotenning the cables. Maybe and archery shop can do that for you as it also says that once you do that the bow has to be retuned. You can change the power without retuning they were desinged that way. If I can be of help let me know, Tony

From: city hunter Date: 25-Mar-09
i remeber buying my polar ltd from bowhunter warehouse in PA i couldnt wait for the UPS truck ,, i think i paid about 115, I killed my first buck wth that bow ,, a xx75 with a savora head .. i still remember the whole shot like it was yesterday.. louis

From: Caribou Date: 29-Mar-09
How prices have changed we sold an average of Bear Ltd for $119. and the white tail for 79.95. Fred Bear hated the compound bows when I was lucky enough to hunt with him at Grouse Haven he told me he was sorry to see the compound bows in the Bear line. He would be amazed at what the archery business has become.


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