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Bear Grizzly Recurve Bow Review – A Classic Bow
Ready Lifestyle Contributing Author
May 12, 2018
Bear Grizzly Recurve Bow Review
In archery circles, few names are better
known than Fred Bear and I like to think that
his real brainchild was the Grizzly which he
spent over a decade perfecting. The Bear
Grizzly Recurve Bow which is compact,
lightweight, and fast was a turning point for
Bear Archery. Made since the 1950s, the
Grizzly holds a special place in traditional
archery circles to this day and while it may not
be the Cadillac of bows, it is an upstanding example of what modern materials can do!
Bear Grizzly Recurve Bow
Great to shoot.
The feel and ergonomics match much more expensive bows.
Cannot attach bow accessories.
One piece construction makes it somewhat less desirable as a survival bow.
Requires some level of skill to shoot well.
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Who should be Interested in the Bear Grizzly?
In a market where bows go into the thousands of dollars, the Grizzly is still a fairly budget
option with very few compromises. It should appeal readily to those hunters, outdoorsmen, and
bow fanatics looking to get back to the simpler roots of archery rather than the mechanical
ugliness of compound bows.
For those just getting into archery, the Grizzly may seem a bit pricey, especially when adding in
the cost of arrows and the rest of the kit. But if your budget allows, the Grizzly is a beautiful
bow that functions well and will stand the test of time. The Grizzly in my collection was built in
1968 and I still shoot it today.
If you’re looking for a long-term survival bow for the homestead or bug out location then this is
the bow for you. This isn’t the bow for someone looking for a bow to toss in a bug out bag.
Starting with numbers, the Bear Grizzly is only 58” with an optimal draw length of 28.” For a
bow that short, I would not recommend a draw length greater than 28”. It is available in draw
weights from 30 to 60 pounds and gets decent performance from draw lengths down to about
25” with little loss of power.
The bow has a one-piece hard maple riser that has been stained a deep brownish red with
black fiberglass laminates. Weighing in at just over three pounds with fine shaping and
contouring, it is a comfortable bow. The Grizzly is bare bones with no attachment points which
gives it a clean, classic look.
One of the most notable features of the Bear Grizzly Recurve Bow is its one-piece fiberglass
back that will absolutely prevent peeling or delamination and last a lifetime or more! This is a
bow that you will pass down to your kids and with a little care, your grandkids.
A bow pulling 45lbs at 28” can launch arrows in excess 185fps which translates to a lot of
penetration if you are using the bow for hunting. Every big game animal in North America has
been brought down by this bow at some point in its 70-year history. Talk about tried and true!
The Grizzly is one piece so it eliminates any notable points of failure and is well shaped with a
handle that settles nicely into the hand and keeps the bow secure throughout the draw and
shot. The dark coloration blends in well in the woodlands to prevent spooking animals during
the draw and looks good enough to show off at the target range.
Both the draw and release of the bow are smooth and consistent throughout. There is no hand
shock, just a pleasurable feedback as the arrow is launched.
The Grizzly isn’t exactly cheap at a price of $400.00. You do get a lot of bow for that price but
the cost may be a big setback if you are on a budget. First-time bow buyers may be hesitant to
make such an investment if they are unsure archery is something they want to pursue.
The shorter length and faster arrow speed can be an asset but it also makes the bow more
challenging to shoot well. It is a pretty unforgiving bow where each little mistake can throw you
off target. If this is your first bow, it may be frustrating trying to lock down proper form.
The lack of a takedown option limits how the bow can be stored and transported and the lack
of attachment points limit how the bow can be used. Additionally, this bow is designed to use a
Dacron string which has some stretch and could be a limiting factor if times get really tough.
The ergonomics are generally fine and the bow is fairly comfortable to shoot but I find the front
of the grip to be a little too square for my liking. The size is close to perfect but even with no
hand shock, the corners get annoying if you shoot repetitively.
The Bear Grizzly Recurve Bow is beautiful to look at with a styling that reminisces of traditional
archery’s prime. Though there are some slight issues, shooting is pleasurable. Though it
seems a lot of negatives against this bow, don’t be fooled into thinking it’s bad. This is one of
the best bows I have shot and one I will continue to love as long as I can draw the string.
If you are just getting into archery and want a bow that you can learn on and continue to use
throughout your life, this would be a great choice. It will do all you need to do from target
shooting to hunting and it will do it well as long as you take the time to learn. Be cautious that
this can be a gateway into the world of Bear Archery which can get pretty costly.
If you’re still unsure about which survival bow you should choose, read How to Choose the
Best Survival Bow to find out more.
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