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How far can a modern arrow penetrate through steel?

  1. Jan 13, 2012 #1
    Someone told me that an arrow shot from a compound bow can go through a reinforced steel door. I just want to find out how true that is. How far can an arrow shot by an athlete with a modern bow specially prepared for them shoot through steel? Also, how far can they shoot through wood, or rock?
     
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  3. Jan 13, 2012 #2
    I'm sceptical. But perhaps for a very thin sheet of steel. By energy conservation, it means that the work done by the athlete on the bow would be sufficient to penetrate the steel.
     
  4. Jan 15, 2012 #3
    So no-one knows, then?
     
  5. Jan 15, 2012 #4
    I dont know about a reinforced steel door now, especially with a regular broadhead. Going through steel drums/barrels aint as much of a problem, but you arent talking about very much thickness there.
     
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