recently, much DH either choose to equipped a 2h bow or a 2h crossbow. however, both side have their own advantage and disadvantage..
for 2h bow use, they claim to have;
1] higher APS [atk per second]
2] deal higher amount of critical strike [since sharpshooter last for few seconds, they can deal almost 100% critical strike during these few seconds ]
3] regain their hatred much faster [ a higher APS grants the user a higher speed of regenerating their hatred ]
for 2h crossbow user;
1] a much more stable damage
2] higher amount of damage in critical [ in addition, if a 2h crossbow user pumps its critical damage %, they can deal massive damage in few seconds ]
ultimately, it's still depends on how a person prefer to have his character being "efficiently"
i'm an inferno A4 player, all bosses are cleared except diablo himself.
So far, i've tried both 2h crossbow with CD % and 2h bow with APS %.
based on my experience, a 2h crossbow user normally gowith CD %. in this case, i'm able to pump my CD % to 205% with an APS of 1.50, although i shoot pretty slow compare to a bow user, yet i deal heavy damage.
As for now, im using 2h bow along with increase in APS %, my APS is 2.89 and honestly, damage wasn't stable at all. The difference in damage can ranges from 20k~120k.
however, using my data as an example, assuming each has 10 seconds to attack;
- a 2h crossbow can deal, 15 attacks, with each of them dealing a heavy damage. in addition, the critical damage on the first few seconds is deadly. [sacrifice APS for higher dmg and CD]
- a 2h bow use can deal, 28~29 attacks, with each of them having a wide range in difference of damage. further more, it deal a higher amount of critical strike, but with lower damage. [sacrifice dmg and CD for higher APS]
So, guys, it's still a very augmentative statement to safely conclude for which weapon is the best. After all, u're the one who decide for the "efficiency" of ur DH in DPS, not others. A different skill arrangement, gems inserted, stats, and many other factors can too cause a change in the use of weapon :D
So, conclusion? Play as u like :P either u go for damage, or speed
[PS: statement above are posted based on my past experience]