Question about bows in 2e

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I was trying to figure out the difference between regular and composite bows in 2e. The Arms & Equipment Guide says composite bows have a longer range due to their flexibility, but the range table in the PHB shows a regular long bow having slightly better range than the composite long bow. They also weigh the same. The only difference I can see is a speed factor better by only 1.

Is that the only difference? Why is a composite bow more expensive?


I think composite bows let you add your strength bonus to damage (they do in 3e; I don't remember for sure in 2e), and the range is a typo. Iirc, the range in the PHB is listed as 100 for a longbow and 120 for the composite version.
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As draco mentions the composite longbow should have a better range then the longbow in 2e and you should be able to have one built that lets your STR bonus to damage carry into your arrows.  In 2e you could also you a composite longbow while mounted which you could not use a standard longbow for.
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