Previously, I had asked if rhino horn could replace antelope horn in an ancient culture's composite bow (since antelopes--true or pronghorn--don't exist on my alternate Earth.) The answers are still on the "pending" side.
Back home, the recipe for the composite bow is as follows:
- Horn (usually water buffalo, gemsbok, oryx and ibex)
- Wood (usually mulberry and spruce because bamboo is a GRASS, not a woody plant)
- Sinew (usually from the hindquarters of wild deer or domestic hooved mammals)
- Glue (usually hide glue or gas bladders from fish)
In this alternate Earth, the recipe for the composite bow is as follows:
- Either rhino horn or deer antler
- Yew sapwood
- Deer, camel or bison leather
- Sinew from the hindquarters of deer, camel or bison
- Horse glue
So with this recipe, how would the alternate composite bow compare with ours? More powerful? Less powerful? Or as powerful? Would the materials even stick well together?