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Bear Super Mag 48" Recurve

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Bear Super Mag 48" Recurve
 
4.2

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Accurate (23)
  • Easy to handle (20)
  • Good power output (20)
  • Easy to draw (17)
  • Durable (15)

Cons

  • Poor quality (6)

Best Uses

  • Hunting (22)
  • Practice (21)
  • All weather (15)
  • Competition (8)
  • Good weather (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (21), Competitive archer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A quality built classic!

I just purchased this Bear Super Magnum 48" in 50#. Wow, what a beautiful bow! This is the new 2013 model, made of African Paduk and black fiberglass. This bow,...Read complete review

I just purchased this Bear Super Magnum 48" in 50#. Wow, what a beautiful bow! This is the new 2013 model, made of African Paduk and black fiberglass. This bow, once tuned and using PROPER arrows, shoots like a dream! Very accurate and great cast / power for 50#, which when combined with a heavy razor sharp arrow, is more than enough for any big game in North America. Unfortunately, this bow has drawn a few bad reviews, by people (most likely novices), who either dry fired it, or used ultra light weight arrows (essentially dry firing it!), and managed to brake it. I draw 29", and with heavy arrows at 20 yards, see NO DIFFERENCE in accuracy between this little 48" Super Mag and my 60" AMO and 62" AMO recurves. Is the Super Mag a target or 3-D bow... no. It is a HUNTING bow for tree stands, thick cover and blinds. This is why it was designed back in 1965, as a HUNTING BOW. Some claim the Super Mag "stacks", and you get "finger pinch" if you draw over 27" or so. BS!!! As I said, I draw 29", use a glove and have no issues. The Super Mag, like most ANY properly built recurve, properly tuned and with the correct arrows, is very accurate. Bear has a top of the line product here, with a full warranty. Don't dry fire it or use light arrows, take care of it and it should last a long time!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Don't judge a book by its cover

I used bow 2 months. Bow has good sides and bad too - I think (I'm no expert) construction is big problem - see pictures!!!

I used bow 2 months. Bow has good sides and bad too - I think (I'm no expert) construction is big problem - see pictures!!!

Reviewed by 27 customers

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5.0

Short but Sweet

By jrkdx200

from Angola, IN

About Me Recreational Archer

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Easy To Adjust
  • Easy To Draw
  • Easy To Handle

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Bear Super Mag 48" Recurve:

      - Target
      - 3D
      - At this time I only have 3 hours shooting this bow at 20 yards, but it shoots as well as my Super Kodiak. This is a 45# bow and I draw 28". Brace height is set at 8 1/2 inches. Draws smoothly with no finger pinch. I was really surprised how well it shoots considering all the negative reviews I had read. I bought this bow because I am considering hunting for the first time in 2015.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      oldie but a goodie

      By SoCal Redneck

      from Menifee, CA

      About Me Recreational Archer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Durable
      • Easy To Draw

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Hunting
        • Practice

        Comments about Bear Super Mag 48" Recurve:

        This was my first bow, an old '70s model that was my grandfather's, that I was given when I was a teenager in the '90s. It's awesome to see that it's still in production. From the late 90s until about 2008 when I started getting serious about archery, it was improperly stored, usually strung, in various closets, but still shoots well. I now use it mainly for practice but have taken a few squirrels and rabbits with it. Any bow that can stand the test of time and abuse from an ignorant newbie and still shoot well is a worthy investment!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
         
        5.0

        Outstanding bow

        By Butch

        from Middleburgh, NY

        About Me Recreational Archer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Durable
        • Easy To Draw
        • Easy To Handle
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Hunting
          • Practice

          Comments about Bear Super Mag 48" Recurve:

          If you have a short draw length as I do (26 inches),you will love this bow, especially if you hunt. I have been shooting it at targets for several months and have now hunted small game with it a half-dozen times. It is accurate and light as a feather to carry. You won't believe how light it is. I did replace the stock string in order to increase the brace height to 8 1/4 inches, and it shot even better at that setting. I am a lefty, so I bought the 45# version. I had been shooting a 50# recurve, so the slightly lighter bow pulled nicely for me. I haven't shot it yet at deer, but I believe it is strong enough.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Excellent Bow!

          By CW

          from Bozeman, MT

          About Me Expert Archer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Handle
          • Small Size

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Hunting

            Comments about Bear Super Mag 48" Recurve:

            First bow I've bought since inheriting my Pop's "Pat Applied For" Bear Kodiak Long bow he bought in mid-50's. This thing is a dream bow for the Elk hunting I do in heavy woods here in Montana. Light, compact, powerful...couldn't ask for anything better!

            Service and delivery comments:

            Extremely fast shipping! Well packed. That's service in my book!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            4.0

            Feather light arrow flinger!

            By Darkata

            from Hamden CT

            About Me Recreational Archer

            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Easy To Handle
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • All Weather
              • Hunting
              • Practice

              Comments about Bear Super Mag 48" Recurve:

              I received my Bear super Mag 48 50# two days ago, I was shocked how light it was compared to my Sammick sage(s). It literally felt like a child's bow when I first picked it up. Went through the standard set up,limb tip silencers, fur string silencers and a natural turkey feather rest, Set the nock point and brace height and took it out to the back yard. I have a shorter draw(27") and at first I was concerned with coming to full draw as the bow was so light, but Man once I saw how those arrows rocketed out of this little powerhouse I was impressed. The targets only 15 yards out and it was dark by then and I was shooting from a lighted porch, by the second flight of 3 arrows I was slamming the bulleye. four inch groups @ 15 yards in the dark from a bow I haven't even tuned yet? Sweet! I'm gonna love still hunting with this light little beast. I get to shoot this Baby in the daylight tomorrow and start really tuning her up.

              I can see issues with longer draws (28+), shooting light arrows , or not using a stringer(the limbs have a heavy re curve to them to get this bow size down), and a High (8-9" ) Brace height which I'm not used to.I actually did notice minor limb warp on the bow out of the box, around 1/8"-1/4", but I'll see if that settles out. Reported the limb warp to 3 rivers and got an instant response on how to massage the limbs back into alignment with minor twists. Great service as always, however we will see how it works out.
              All in all this is a great shooter, I haven't felt any torque issues, stack or finger pinch (3 under shooter). The bow is the reddish brown as pictured In advert, not a black as seemingly implied, also the quiver inserts seem to be Bear proprietary, not the standard AMO placement. This is a great bow for shooting in a kneeling position,in a blind or from a stand. I'd have rated this 5 out of 5 if it wasn't for the slight limb twists right out of the box...

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              short bow packs a punch!

              By hawkeye

              from Fishkill New York

              About Me Competitive Archer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Accurate
              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Powerful

              Cons

              • Havent Found Any Yet

              Best Uses

              • All Weather
              • Hunting
              • Practice

              Comments about Bear Super Mag 48" Recurve:

              Great recurve for the price.its tree stand friendly, light and powerful. Bear hit the mark on this bow.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A quality built classic!

              By Hit-Or-Miss

              from Maine

              About Me Recreational Archer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Accurate
              • Durable
              • Easy To Adjust
              • Easy To Draw
              • Easy To Handle
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • All Weather
                • Hunting
                • Practice

                Comments about Bear Super Mag 48" Recurve:

                I just purchased this Bear Super Magnum 48" in 50#. Wow, what a beautiful bow! This is the new 2013 model, made of African Paduk and black fiberglass. This bow, once tuned and using PROPER arrows, shoots like a dream! Very accurate and great cast / power for 50#, which when combined with a heavy razor sharp arrow, is more than enough for any big game in North America. Unfortunately, this bow has drawn a few bad reviews, by people (most likely novices), who either dry fired it, or used ultra light weight arrows (essentially dry firing it!), and managed to brake it. I draw 29", and with heavy arrows at 20 yards, see NO DIFFERENCE in accuracy between this little 48" Super Mag and my 60" AMO and 62" AMO recurves. Is the Super Mag a target or 3-D bow... no. It is a HUNTING bow for tree stands, thick cover and blinds. This is why it was designed back in 1965, as a HUNTING BOW. Some claim the Super Mag "stacks", and you get "finger pinch" if you draw over 27" or so. BS!!! As I said, I draw 29", use a glove and have no issues. The Super Mag, like most ANY properly built recurve, properly tuned and with the correct arrows, is very accurate. Bear has a top of the line product here, with a full warranty. Don't dry fire it or use light arrows, take care of it and it should last a long time!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                poor construction

                By deerstalker

                from upstate ny

                About Me Recreational Archer

                Pros

                • Accurate
                • Powerful

                Cons

                • Poor Construction

                Best Uses

                • All Weather
                • Hunting
                • Practice

                Comments about Bear Super Mag 48" Recurve:

                nice bow but broke at handle just like the other review.i thought i was alone.it shot well but i didnt want spend the money to have it break again.i would spend the money elsewhere.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                nice bow

                By josh

                from edm ab

                About Me Recreational Archer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Handle
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Hunting
                  • Practice

                  Comments about Bear Super Mag 48" Recurve:

                  I bought this bow while back 60 # pull , bow looks and shoots well but much different than the longer recurve i was used to a lot less forgiving, had to change my grip a bit to keep it from tourqing left to right...seems to be much more noticable due to its short length also is very loud before putting string silencers on it.also had troubles putting my two piece slide on quiver on it due to its short and narrow limbs so i put a detachable bolt on quiver that works much better...i am pretty happy with this mini giant so far and cant wait to try it in thick bush and from my tree stand being the main reason i bought a bow this small

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Awesome!

                  By Supermikeb2000

                  from California

                  About Me Recreational Archer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Bear Super Mag 48" Recurve:

                      Well crafted and great looking bow. #1 reason I purchased this bow was its short length. Still delivers arrows downrange with plenty of punch. Strange I assumed a small bow would be somehow less powerful even if rated at 60#.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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