So I was in my tower, sniping mobs, and I noticed how horrendously innaccurate it was. I posted about it on another message board, and was told to get SDK's Gun Mod, which ended up leaving me disappointed. Then I came up with this.
Basically a better version of the bow, it fires bolts (explained later) which do 7.5 hearts of damage, fly straighter than fully charged arrows, and fly faster. It takes some time (maybe 1 second?) to reload, and during that time you can't fire. Once it is loaded, it can fire a bolt instantly.
Crafted like so, but replace feathers with string:
One crossbow. It can fire as many shots as a diamond pickaxe can break stone blocks.
The Crossbow Bolt
These are to be fired from the crossbow, and cannot be substituted with arrows.
Crafted exactly like so:
That makes ONE crossbow bolt.
You can also make a flaming bolt, which will ignite the target if it isn't dead by the time it's been hit.
Crafted like so, replace arrows with crossbow bolts, raw pork with redstone, and the recipe is shapeless and requires no specific arrangement:
Again, ONE bolt.
Reasoning behind the crafting recipes
Crossbow: It's supposed to look like a crossbow, and that's about as close as I can get with minecraft's items.
Crossbow bolt: The iron is a head, the stick is for a shaft, and the feathers are fletches.
Flaming bolt: Gunpowder mixed with redstone is flammable but not explosive and the torch is for lighting it. I guess.
So yeah, there you have it. Anyone capable of making this?
Thanks to Shaft_Master for pointing out that feathers are still fine in the crossbow bolt recipe.