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robtattoo
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ser·en·dip·i·ty (sěr'ən-dĭp'ĭ-tē)
n. pl. ser·en·dip·i·ties

The faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident.

The fact or occurrence of such discoveries.

An instance of making such a discovery.


Many moons ago (well, about 16 years back) I owned a mid-'70s Kodiak Hunter. It was 60" & 58#@28 an unusual draw-weight for a factory bow. I shot it for a while & thoroughly enjoyed it. It was smooth & pretty, however it was an old bow, needed wooden arrows & therefore not cool. All I shot back them was FITA style target & all my shooting was done with 68"+ 34-38# recurves. The Bear was slow & heavy to draw & I couldn't shoot my 300gn ACCs for fear of it going bang.
It sat in my Mum & Dad's spare room for years, unshot & unloved.
A few years later I discovered field archery & 3Ds. Remembering the old Bear, I drove over to the Parent's place to retrieve it. I'd already bought & built a dozen POC arrows that I thought would spine somewhere near, so I strung up the old thing& gave it a shot. I was amazed at the performance & response from the bow! My drawlength between my FITA days & my field Days had stretched from 27 to nearly 30" & the difference those 3" made was amazing! Anyway, a few weeks later (could've been a couple of months, I forget) I bought a newer, modern, fast recurve that would take a FastFlight string. To buy it, I sold the Bear to an old guy in London (who obviously knew a LOT more about this stuff than me.)

Never gave it another thought......until a few weeks back when I bought a 58" Super Grizzy to refinish.
Got it done, shot it, sold it.
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Enjoyed shooting it.
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Reeeally enjoyed shooting it.

So, off to thE Bay for a looksee & Try to get another old Bear to play with, refinish & sell.....

Lo & behold, one of the first things I see is a 60" Kodiak Hunter. So I open the page to give it a coat of looking at & find this;

"Great bow but I'm a strict target shooter. This beautiful bow is made for a hunter. At 58 lbs., it's fast, quiet, and very powerful. Almost perfect....but there is some checking on limbs. The checking does not affect it's performance. Tips are perfect and no twist on limbs. New Flemish string has a little over 100 firings. The only hole is for the stabilizer. This bow has not seen much use. No reserve...................Good luck!"

So I bid. Once. [Big Grin]

It arrived today, in perfect condition. I absolutley had to string it up & shoot it!
It would appear that the old guy in London I sold my 60" 58# Kodiak Hunter to re-sold the bow to a guy in the US, via thE Bay.

Imagine, a guy in the UK, buying a US imported bow, selling the bow in the UK, moving to the US & ending up buying back THE EXACT SAME BOW!!! from a guy in the US. Chance in a million? 10 million?

Serendipity..... [Big Grin]

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shick
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Rob, I loved it. Been there and done that with a few bows. Hold onto it and enjoy.

Shick

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Warberg
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Ditto,, Thanks for sharing, Super Cool, Great Bow.
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4runr
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That is way too cool Rob!

I don't believe in "chance", it was meant to be!

Beautiful bow!

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Kenny

Christ died to save me, this I read
and in my heart I find a need
of Him to be my Savior
By Aaron Shuste

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jcar315
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Super cool story! Great looking bow.

Watch out cause those old Bear bows can get in your blood!!!

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Proud Dad to two awesome Kids and a very passionate pig hunter.

Right handed but left eye dominant. Made the switch to LH shooting and it was THE best thing I ever did.....YMMV

Proud to be a Native TEXAN!!!!!

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Horney Toad
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Congrats! great story.
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Danny Rowan
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Better go buy some lottery tickets bro.LOL. Congrats on finding an old friend.

Danny

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Jay Kidwell and Glenn St. Charles

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Killdeer
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Kismet.

Killdeer [thumbsup]

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Long, long afterward, in an oak I found the arrow, still unbroke;
And the song, from beginning to end, I found again in the heart of a friend.

~Longfellow

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Clinglish
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thats awesome Rob , you make a lovely couple.

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I love Bowhunting!!!!
Hunting for Bows that is [Wink]

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Whip
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Now that is cool Rob!!! Enjoy!

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In the end, it is not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. Abraham Lincoln.

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Tom
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So how long will it remain in your hands this time? Good deal-meant to be.

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Shaun
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I'd say the chances are actually 100%. Good score Rob!

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