PETE WARD

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Review

 

 Penthalon "Hard Hunter" 62" Recurve bow from Bearpaw Germany

50# at 28"

No longer available

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Bearpaw-Products
Bogensport-Bodnik GmbH
Hannebach 30
96269 Großheirath / Rossach 
Tel: +49 (0) 9565 61688-0
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 From Bearpaw Web site

 

{Photo from Bearpaw site}

Recurve Hard Hunter

Our Hard Hunter is a separable hunting recurve in traditional design. You can shoot this bow over the shelf. A beautiful appearance and a favourable price are the enticing features of this bow.

● Bow lengt: 62"
● Bow weight: 30 - 55 lbs in steps of 5 lbs
● Handle: Low pistol grip
● String: Traditional Flight
● Brace height: 8 inches

 

Review:

BearPaw has introduced a new line of bows, arrows and accessories under the Penthalon brand. These bows have a 3 year warranty, unlike the generous 30 year warranty for the BearPaw brand of bows. The Hard Hunter is one of the Penthalon bows and it  is special made for BearPaw in Italy. The Hard Hunter is priced for those on a budget, or those that just do not want to spend a lot of money getting into archery, or the person that is unsure if they will like traditional archery and does not want to spend a lot to try the sport. It is a bow that will address all of these things, yet not leave much to be desired. The looks are good, and the hard hunter is surprisingly nice to shoot.

 

It has a very nice draw, and after the shot it is quiet and shock/vibration free with just a simple set of string silencers. Now before someone writes to inform me no bow is totally free of these, let�s use some reason. Sure you know you just shot a bow, but the point is the bow is very pleasant to shoot, it is quiet, and it does not have that annoying twang, buzz, or thump.

The Model I have here has a Bodnik "Whisper String" on it, instead of the standard Dacron, traditional Flight string it comes with. I hate Dacron, and this bow was supplied by Git-r-done archery, who knows I would be recommending a string change after shooting it himself .Dennis got this out of the way for me, so my comments are based on the bow having a good string like the Whisper String or a Df97 like I usually shoot. With the stock string I have been informed I would not like it as much and a string replacement will be in the review anyway. That said I hope Henry at BearPaw starts sending out these bows with his Whisper strings. If enough of you tell him he will probably make the switch and just charge a few dollars more.

I have been shooting the Hard Hunter for a while now and have had several others try it too. So far the comments I get from the shooters are all very positive. Looks, draw feel, quietness, and vibrations and performance have all been very good. I agree with the feedback. This said I am not saying this is like shooting a $700 or $1000 bow, of course it is not. And it shouldn't be. I do feel that the Hard Hunter easily exceeds other bows in it's price range when it comes to the quality you normally expect at this introductory price tag. . {Except for the stock string}

One surprise I found was how it will shoot at a relatively low brace for this type bow and still be pleasant to shoot. I was also pleased at the bows performance shooting heavy arrows. I had no trouble shooting it , or tuning arrows to it. 500 spine  BearPaw Heavy Hunter carbons�s, cut to 29" and 200 to 250 grain tips seem to shoot good for me from this 50# @ 28" bow.

The black glass limbs show good stability, and look good too. With their Brass Limb bolt bezels. The finish is good except at the limb butt where it is cut and not smoothly sanded. It is really a small issue that I expect to see changed when Henry reads this line.

 

The riser fits very nicely in my hand, and I usually prefer small grips. The grip is large, but well-proportioned and the wrist is not to high. There is some nice grain showing, and the edges are well rounded and contoured. The hard Hunter has a full set of inserts for those that may like a plunger, bolt on quiver, fishing reel, or stabilized. None of these items appeal to me but the inserts are there for those that like them.

All arrows were shot from a static release, by hand at the same session. Actual draw lengths are confirmed / coached by Pat my wife. I use a constant power supply, and a light kit on the chronograph.

Every bow in all of my reviews are set up to be hunting quiet, with minimal vibrations, shock etc.

They are not set up for the fastest speed possible. Chronographing was done at 7.5" brace height .

AMO Draw length

Draw weight

Arrow

gr

FPS

Arrow

gr

FPS

Arrow

gr

FPS

0"

1"

2"

3"

4"

5"

6 "

7 .5"

brace

8 "

9"

10"

7.14

11"

11.95

12'

15.28

13'

18.30

14"

21.01

15"

23.46

16"

26.02

17"

28.07

18"

30.16

19"

31.55

20"

33.25

21"

34.99

22"

36.73

23"

38.76

24"

40.68

25"

42.69

GR

FPS

GR

FPS

GR

FPS

26"

44.91

490

163

566

156

750

140

27"

47.25

490

172

566

161

750

146

28"


29"
30"
31

49.5
.52.19
.54.95
58.34

490
NA
NA
NA

178


NA
NA
NA

566
NA


NA
NA

168


NA
NA
NA

750
NA
NA
NA

150


NA
NA
NA















To sum up this review I can say the Hard Hunter is a good value, good shooting introductory level bow. There is no reason to think it is not a bow that should last for many years, and be very capable of any needs you have, either target, 3D or hunting . I have no concerns saying that it will do anything I want to do with it. For the price it is a very good value bow that you can feel proud to own and shoot. If you want more performance and eye candy looks expect to pay a lot more. The reality is the Hard Hunter will be capable of a lot more acuracy than we as shooters are capable of. Do your part, match and tune your arrows , this bow will do its part and then some.

Pete ward

"Welcome to my outdoor world"

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