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Old November 19th, 2012, 03:08 PM   #1

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Longbow vs composite/horn bow


Which would be better? I don't know much about the longbow, but I heard the composite bow could fire arrows faster and much more powerfully. Yet the longbow must have powerful too as it could apparently pierce plate armor.
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Which would be better? I don't know much about the longbow, but I heard the composite bow could fire arrows faster and much more powerfully. Yet the longbow must have powerful too as it could apparently pierce plate armor.
I think with a little search, you'll find this has already been debated.
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Old November 20th, 2012, 07:27 AM   #3

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No one was more powerful and no one could fire arrows faster. It is all popular nonsense spread by computer games.

Bow can be as strong and fast as is man drawing it. If you make bow too weak (easy to bend) strength of archer will be wasted. If you make bow too strong (hard to bend) nobody will be able to fire it. Bows are made to suit individual archer and his strength. And you can make any bow, be it longbow or composite reflex bow as strong as you want simply by increasing its dimensions (primarily thickens). Up to the limits of material that is but those are way beyond human strength restriction.

Only difference between longbow and composite reflex bow is that thanks to its advanced construction composite reflex bow can be made much smaller than longbow of the same strength. That comes handy if you want to fire it from horseback. Price is more difficult, more expensive construction and more extensive maintenance.
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The expense of the Composite bows really depends on where your at though, for nomadic people the cost of sinews and horn are fairly irrelevant, meanwhile, by the later period the English were importing Yew and building entire commercial policies around it, so it was far from cheap.
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The expense of the Composite bows really depends on where your at though, for nomadic people the cost of sinews and horn are fairly irrelevant, meanwhile, by the later period the English were importing Yew and building entire commercial policies around it, so it was far from cheap.
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Old November 21st, 2012, 04:42 AM   #7

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for nomadic people the cost of sinews and horn are fairly irrelevant,
It is not really cost of sinews and horn, which are fairly common everywhere. Or nearly everywhere. It is construction process which is fairly complex and lengthy which make it expensive. Expensive in relative way of course.

Bows Romans used were composite and composite technology was reintroduced in to Europe after Crusades when it was used in crossbow making.
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Old November 21st, 2012, 08:52 PM   #8

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Well Composite fire extremely powerful shots while at the same time being smaller and lighter.

I give the edge to Composites since Horses archers can't use long bows
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