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Old October 13th, 2011, 05:31 AM   #1
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Which bow has the longest range?


I am talking about all bows and all historical periods....
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Old October 13th, 2011, 05:57 AM   #2

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The English Longbow of course. His range is unmatched and I think overall it is known as the best Bow and Arrow of all time, just like how the Golden Gun is the best gun in Goldeneye. Actually the Longbow can match up to any gun.
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really big ones? Like a Belly bow.
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Hmmm how far does the composite bow fire ?
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The English Longbow of course. His range is unmatched and I think overall it is known as the best Bow and Arrow of all time, just like how the Golden Gun is the best gun in Goldeneye. Actually the Longbow can match up to any gun.
What's the range? Have you got any confirmed number? What about Mongolian bows?
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Belly_bow Belly_bow

Actually its a cross bow so I guess it doesnt count.
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Old October 13th, 2011, 06:14 AM   #7

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I just found this online :


How powerful was a long bow?

One story told in medieval times was that an arrow fired from a long bow could penetrate four inches into oak. Recent tests have shown that this anecdote is true when the arrow is fired close up. From 200 metres, a longbow arrow penetrated over one inch of solid oak – more than sufficient power to penetrate the armour worn by soldiers. Plate armour gave more protection but could still be penetrated from 100 metres. The maximum range of a long bow was 400 metres but at this distance, it was far less effective.

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The Mongol bow is not as large and long as the English one, but it is vastly more powerful. The draw weight of an English longbow averages around 70-80 pounds, whereas the Old Mongol bow had a pull that, according to George Vernadsky, averaged at around 166 pounds. Chambers states that the pull varied from 100 to 160 pounds. This seeming discrepancy certainly reflects the fact that draw weight varied with the strength of the user, and with what use the bow had been made for. As could be expected, there was a considerable difference in shooting range. Whereas the English longbow could shoot at distances up to 250 yards or around 228 meters, the Mongol counterpart can hit its target at 350 yards or 320 meters and, if the archer is well trained for the task, even beyond that.

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Just cruising through the threads right now and will throw my two cents in. Overall I would say it is a virtual wash between the English long bow and the Mongol composite. The only written account of the range of the composite bow that I can recall, is an account from someone with Marco Polo, I think, that describes a competition at Kublia's court where man sized targets were struck from some 500 meters. Whether the hits were penetrating or simply hit and fell to the ground, I can't say. I'll try to dig up the source later. I will say that the 500 meters is a modern translation of the conversion of the distance from medieval chinese to medieval euopean to modern.
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Old October 13th, 2011, 06:49 AM   #9
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This would seem to be a good candidate:
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Far as I can tell, modern technology would simply made obsolete any ancient bows for let say Olympic target archery.

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we have records of japanese bows(yumi) reaching 200 metres. It has not the longest range, but its considered very precise, balanced and its asymmetry makes it a good bow to use while mounted.
I also read that the Japanese give more momentum to the arrow that the European one(we should ask an archer)
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