I am a Half Elf Ranger/Monk, currently level 9, and using a Silver Longbow I acquired on the AH. It's working pretty well once I add the 1-6 Force damage as well for Elven AA, although against non-evil enemies (i.e. animals) its not nearly as impressive.
As I "look ahead" to what additional gear/path I want to get, its really looking like good bows in the AH are hard to come by. This seems to be because all the best bows are BTC Raid items. This is frustrating since I don't do raids (yet). But it does seem likely, if I am lucky on the rewards, that I will be able to farm Bow of Sinew from the Madness chain and use it from level 14+ (I will probably go and get it with my 16 monk, who is much stronger at this point).
My questions are: 1) Will the Sinew bow show up as a reward if you run the quest chain on Casual, or does it have to be Normal or higher?, and 2) Will this bow be enough to carry me to level 20 on Heroic Normal content and maybe even beyond? By level 20 I will have slaying arrows, 10K stars (all level ups into Wisdom), Poison Quiver, and + 1 Crit multiplier from Mountain Stance. Will this combo work OK on Epic Normal content, or will the enemies be taking forever to kill at that point?
Also, should I go Ninja Spy with this character for extra sneak attack damage? I thought I had read that sneak attack damage does not work at range. My other monk is Shintao, so I'd like to go Ninja just to be different, if the sneak attack part does work.
Lastly, what Epic Destiny would you recommend starting in at 20?
Right now I like this character, but if I'm going to NEED raid gear at upper levels to be of any use to anyone I group with, then I might as well stop now when I haven't invested so much time yet.
Thanks again for your advice.