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Another query, this time concerning the Rapid Reload feat, and the Quick Loading magic weapon property.
They both have the same effect on crossbows. They reduce the reload time on a heavy or great crossbow from a full action down to a move action, or the reload time on a light crossbow from a move action down to a free action.
The feat presumably does it by improving the speed of the reload routine with your hands, the weapon property does it by effectively giving the weapon a 100 bolt extra-dimensional magazine, meaning the reload routine is reduced only to drawing back the bowstring.
If the two were used in tandem, could a heavy or great crossbow be reloaded with a free action? Aside from not requiring that I stand still between shots, this would allow me to actually use any iterative attacks when my BAB finally hits 6+
Basically, for the long run, I am considering slapping a gnomish crossbow sight onto a great crossbow, and from there building it up into the closest I can get to a large semi-auto rifle suitable for medium range.
I cannot claim nearly as much experience with such weapons as Abnninja or Kntoran, but the primary airsoft gun I play with is a replica of a Mk14 EBR, and replicating the feel and function of that as much as I can here would be quite amusing. It also rather fits my focus on using real world knowledge to our advantage in this world.
Great crossbow (Complete Warrior I think) is an exotic version of the heavy crossbow, deals 2d8 damage. Yes, it will take a feat to get proficiency, but unlike Abn, it would already cost me a feat to get access to the more traditional choice of a composite longbow, so….
EDIT: nope, Races of Stone, not Complete Warrior.
Edited: daishain on 19th Apr, 2017 - 4:25pm