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    Just picked up an older 25# DH plinker (HCS 11222) that's in pretty good wear & tear condition but smells, and looks, like it's been in a closet for 40 years. Is there a standard "detailing" ritual for finds like this (not a museum piece but a daily driver)? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by califx200 View Post
    Just picked up an older 25# DH plinker (HCS 11222) that's in pretty good wear & tear condition but smells, and looks, like it's been in a closet for 40 years. Is there a standard "detailing" ritual for finds like this (not a museum piece but a daily driver)? Thanks.
    i would just swap out the strings,give it a once over for cracks on the limbs,riser.wipe it down and shoot it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gravedigger View Post
    i would just swap out the strings,give it a once over for cracks on the limbs,riser.wipe it down and shoot it.
    Thanks. Furniture polish, tung oil?

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    Quote Originally Posted by califx200 View Post
    Thanks. Furniture polish, tung oil?
    warm damp wash cloth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gravedigger View Post
    warm damp wash cloth.
    Heck, I can even get my 10 year old involved in this project. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by califx200 View Post
    Heck, I can even get my 10 year old involved in this project. Thanks.
    heck ya.give that kid a rag.i let my daughter clean my bow with a feather duster.

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    After you are done cleaning it up, I'd give it a good coating of Birchwood & Casey gunstock tru oil, one of the best finishes you can apply to a bow. What model is your Damon Howatt, and any idea of the year it was built? If you don't know and want to, you could post a pic of it over on Stickbow's Leatherwall, as Larry Hatfield hangs out there, and he will know, since he built it. Please post a pic here for us as well. Very nice bows.

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    Last edited by elkslayer4x5; 02-24-2012 at 08:39 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elkslayer4x5 View Post
    After you are done cleaning it up, I'd give it a good coating of Birchwood & Casey gunstock tru oil, one of the best finishes you can apply to a bow. What model is your Damon Howatt, and any idea of the year it was built? If you don't know and want to, you could post a pic of it over on Stickbow's Leatherwall, as Larry Hatfield hangs out there, and he will know, since he built it. Please post a pic here for us as well. Very nice bows.

    http://leatherwall.bowsite.com/TF/lw/THREADSx2.CFM
    Thanks. Not sure what the model is for sure, will try and get pics up, ... It has X-100 in large white but it doesn't look factory. The code as far as I know is the old Cavalier code HCS (HCS 11222 25# @28" AMO60"). I do need a brace height for it so I can string it up. Brace height?

    edit - pics after cleanup. I'm a sucker for woodgrain with streaks for some reason...
    bow1.JPGbow2.JPGbow3.JPGbow4.JPG
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    Yeah, me too, love the streaky woods, or any type of figure in wood for that matter.
    Sorry, don't know the brace height for your bow, as I said, you could check the Leatherwall, guys there would know, try and show limb decals, bow specs, and an overall pic of the bow, strung, It'll take a few minutes to register, but its free, and a fine site, and Larry reads and posts there. Martin does make 3 recurves named like that, but they are X 200, X 150, and a longbow they call L 100, none of them look like your bow.

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    a p.s....Here's a stockset I made for a H & R Ultra ( a low end single shot rifle ) Told ya I love figured wood! This was a little before I applied the final finish.

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    http://eastoutfitter.tripod.com/index.html
    http://cascadianbowmen.com/
    Martin 06 Slayer, Nitrous C, shoot thru, 63lb, Quiktune 3000, HAA OL 5519, Beman ICS Hunter
    Martin 06 Slayer, Nitrous C, Shoot thru, 55lb, Quiktune 3000, HHA OL 5519 2X, Easton A/C/C
    Ben Pearson 1968 'Cougar' 62" 45#s @ 28" recurve, parallel shaft POC, Zwickey 'Eskimo' 2 blade

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