Bow grips

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Project by Matt posted 04-05-2009 12:18 AM 4617 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My bow is a Bear, Lights out and it is my first bow. I love it and it shoots amazing. The one thing I hated was the grips that came with it. I have big hands and these grips were to skinny for my liking, So I had some oak burl and so I came up with this. It looks a lot better in person than it does on the pictures though. It feels great and really brought the whole bow together.

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

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#1 posted 04-05-2009 03:02 AM

solo cams, split limbs, should be lots of speed there to fling the grafite shafts. When I was shooting alot I could never get a grip that I liked, would always take the grips off and shoot without it. Shot that way on my tournment bow and hunting bow. great job

-- F.Little

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#2 posted 04-05-2009 06:20 AM

From one old bow hunter to another” twang-thud”or maybe thats for the motor city madman. Know him? I did way back in the late 60s when he was with the Amboy Dukes. He played in Lansing MI quite a bit. He claims he never did drugs thats bull. I hate to bust everyones bubble but they don’t call him the madman for nothing. I saw him eat his quitar and almost electrocute himself at a place called grandmothers in Lansing.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 04-05-2009 10:13 AM

Your grips look great! Nice job of fitting them to the bow. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 04-05-2009 02:45 PM

Great looking grips!

I am in the process of up grading my current PSE bow, and I have about decided to go with the Bear Lights Out.

I have never considered replacing grips with those of my own design. Great idea…any hints you can offer?

Thanks For sharing!


mike…The Wackmaster is one crazy dude to watch on TV…love his music but too over the edge as hunter for my tastes.

-- Trevor Premer Head Termite and Servant to the Queen - Heirloom Woodworking

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#5 posted 04-05-2009 06:43 PM

good job

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 04-05-2009 07:00 PM

I like those grips. I used a moldable type on my bow about 20 years ago. Still shooting the same one now. I shoot a Browning 60# recurve, never did like the feel of a compoud.

View Matt 's profile


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#7 posted 04-06-2009 04:17 AM

woodnut- I tried shooting without grips and just couldn’t get nice groups! What kind of bow do ya use?

jockmike2- That guy is just plain nuts. :p

ND2ELK- Thanks bud, then I first had them on the started to cup a bit (about 1/8, 3/32s) then after a week or so they settled down perfectly.

HeirloomWoodworking- I brought the bow at Cabelas. When I was there I got to shoot a couple including the PSE. They sure are nice bows but the Bear just fit me much better. I’m a rather big kid and the PSE (I forget what model) felt small. My brother has a PSE and he loves it though. As for tips, I milled the the small burls to width, I can’t remeber what thickness I want to say 1/4, 5/16ths. Took the old grips off and traced them. I then cut the grips out with a copping saw leaving a 1/16 heavy. Then I just used files to shape it to my liking. Sanded it out smooth and threw a coat of linseed oil on it. Drilled a hole for the screw and the rest is history.

Everyone else thanks for your responses!

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

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#8 posted 04-06-2009 12:39 PM

Good job.
It looks like they came on it.
Thanks for sharing.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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#9 posted 08-06-2010 12:31 PM

Bow looks nice. I own a Bear Whitetail II I bought in 1985, but I haven’t shot it in a long time. I’m sure these new bows are totally different than shooting my old one.

-- Luke 23: 42-43

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#10 posted 08-06-2010 12:43 PM

nice bow.. good to find some archers..although hunting is frowned apon in england we (my father and i and fellow club members) did simulated field a wood with unmarked distances and full size 3D animals…blomming good fun ….till we lost the wood 2 weeks ago…:( the handle good work.

-- jjempson

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#11 posted 08-06-2010 09:10 PM

DAWG- Thanks for the comment. My father gave me his old Browning recurve bow he brought back in the 70. All original. I think its more fun to shoot that than the recurve! :p But your right about how different they are now. It gets to the point where it don’t take skills anymore.

jjempson- I didn’t know that hunting is frowned upon over there. I’d be lost! We do the field archery over here too. A lot of fun. In the winter a local sportsman store host an league. We all shoot at the DART system which is a projector screen with game animals on it and you shoot it for points.

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

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#12 posted 08-04-2012 01:22 AM

Hey dude, i’m in the market for some grips like those you made for you Lights out bow. What would you charge to make me a pair?

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