Compound Bow isn’t really that difficult to craft, but it’s noticeably harder than most other bows ( needs more tools than most other bows and I think 7 Fabrication ). As I’m a dedicated Brawler/Archer I use it a lot.
Compound Bow, if set to “high” ( requires more strength [ 8 ] but increases force ) + accurizing ( one of the few/ or maybe even the only bow which can be accurized, maybe with the exception of Composite Bow ) is powerful. Ridiculously powerful. I also have arrow rest, bow dampening kit, bow scope and bow stabilizer system modded in, but even without those it’s deadly.
An average headshot to a zombie deals in the 60-70 range ( Normal Zeds have 80 iirc ). A lot of zombie children I shoot not only die, but often are immediately pulped, which saves me time. My Archery is at 9 right now if you’re curious.
Ammunition is important too, and I’m currently using Metal Broadhead Arrows, which have good range, damage and decent armor piercing. Besides skills, arrows are basically all made from the same resources, usually only the arrowhead is different.
I can shoot across 32 tiles, though obviously I won’t really hit much from that distance. Around 20 i have pretty good accuracy ( I always use precise shots ) Honestly, the only downsize to Bows is that they might be resource intensive with arrows, especially early game when arrows break much more often, and with the weight of the arrows if you carry a lot of them, but the second one can be easily mitigated by a shopping cart.
100 good arrows can easily decimate 30-50 strong group of low-rank zombies, especially if you get proficient at luring a few, pulping, recovering the arrows and repeating. Hulks and Jabberwocks aren’t a cause for concern, I can kill them long before they come close, and even if they do, I have full Heavy Survival gear on.