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Pauls Bods06 Mar 2018 8:09 a.m. PST

What was the Maximum distance a longbow could (or has) sent an arrow? Not the effective range, the furthest.

bsrlee06 Mar 2018 8:48 a.m. PST

Current record is 412.87 metres, shot at Bonneville Salt Flats. Wooden bow, wooden flight arrows I believe.

Pauls Bods06 Mar 2018 9:24 a.m. PST

Thanks thumbs up…found the link

They are using "modern" materials ..correct? So Medieval longbows would have a Shorter Maximum distance range, even the really powefull ones ?

Thomas Thomas06 Mar 2018 9:37 a.m. PST

The appendix of The Great War Bow has data on a test shoot of a copy of a Mary Rose Longbow. Distance achieved depended on arrow type. It ranged from small bodkin head: 328m/360y to large bodkin head: 250m/272y. (Large bodkin is probably most common medieval head.)

They also calculated impact (measured in joules). At 50m first arrow delivers 95J and at 200m 65J. Second arrow delivers 115J at 50m and about 80J at 200m.

80J is generally fatal (depending on where it hits) and anything above 50J extremely unpleasant. Armor would reduce penetration though not blunt impact.


Aidan Campbell Inactive Member06 Mar 2018 11:39 a.m. PST

minimum distance that most medieval archers were expected to shoot at the butts was a furlong (220yds)

don't quote me on this as I can't find the reference again but I'm sure I read an account somewhere that Henry VIII used to set a target at two furlongs (440yds) just to prove he could shoot that far when most archers hadn't the strength and accuracy to hit such a target.

FABET0106 Mar 2018 12:06 p.m. PST

Among the bow staves found on the Mary Rose, there was at least one with a estimated draw weight of 180lbs. Seems incredible. Could this one was for Henry VIIIs to shoot that 440 with?

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP06 Mar 2018 3:25 p.m. PST

On the moon they would go into orbit

advocate07 Mar 2018 4:01 a.m. PST

Thomas Thomas, why is the second arrow so much more powerful?

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2018 5:11 a.m. PST

Mass time speed.
Big and heavy delivers more energy then small and light.
Hence the .45 ACP delivers more energy than the 9mm even though the 9mm is faster.

Thomas Thomas12 Mar 2018 10:15 a.m. PST

Yes – its just a heavier arrow.


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