Compound Bow vs. Crossbow
Creature Type: Vampire
Arrow: Wooden of course
So, you're out hunting that vampire because you have no chance to wait for it to sleep during the day (if it does). You don't want to get close, all that biting and loss of blood, you know. Your armory is open. Choose your weapon.
A compound bow is a modern bow that uses a systems of pulleys and cables to bend the limbs.
Advantages: First off, the bow is easier to draw. It doesn't have a crank or lock to worry about. All you need is your arm. The form is simple and light which makes the bow less cumbersome to carry on your hunts. Compound bows have less recoil than that of other bows. The accuracy is good due to a consistent archer point and a string loop system. The arrow sits on a string loop and it is the same point every time. The maximum range is longer for a compound bow.
Disadvantages: The compound bow takes longer to master. This can be months, even years.
Advantages: The crossbow is relatively quick to learn, you could master it in under an hour. The most difficult aspect is to make sure the bow is cocked perfectly strait so the arrow does not stray. The weight of a crossbow is distributed evenly so you can hold it at your shoulder for a longer period of time. The quarrel can be locked and loaded ahead of time in preparation for your shot.
Disadvantages: Compared to the bow, a crossbow is heavier overall and clumsier to carry around. This can impede you when your on the move after that vampire. The rate of fire is slower and you have to reload and lock the cross bow, unless you have a repeating crossbow.