The Situation: In this world a race of Neanderthal-like humans have grown and evolved separate from mankind in a harsh environment that forced them to be strong and warlike. Humans of this war have advanced in technology to be about equivalent to Civil War Era America while the Neanderthals are somewhere around the Viking Age.
The Question: Assuming the average size of one of these Neanderthals is comparable to someone like Hafthor Júlíus Björnsson, what would be the most likely effective range of a bow fired by one of them? I'd like potential maximum arch height, maximum distance fired from standing archer with optimal arch, and maximum distance possible with a shot fired 'directly' I.E no arch.
- What kind of bow would be best for them to use for maximum range and penetration?
- What would the poundage of their draw weight on average be?
- What would the force of an impact of a shot fired with no arch?
- Is there a best material for these people to use to make their bows?