Prefacing this with the caveat that I have only hit level 11 with my highest-level character, I am looking for advice or experience about the relative damage for bastard sword versus heavy repeater for post-U19 artificers.
From my limited experience it seems like the heavy repeater does much heavier single-target damage, and the bastard sword (even without the full complement of THF feats does splash damage to be more of an AE. But, I could see Improved Precise Shot changing that balance and leaving the bastard sword in the dust.
Then again, the progressive bonuses to melee attacks could factor in as well...
Anyway, my Arcanotechnician build is obviously using the ranged melee from the repeating x-box. But, I am also working on a Warforged Battle Engineer that is melee-focused, and that's where the question comes up. Any thoughts?