What's the rule (and where is it in the books) that defines which ability's modifier applies to basic attacks for melee and ranged weapons?
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Per page 216 in the D&D 4ed Players Handbook if you are making a melee attack you use the strength ability modifier. If it is a ranged attack use your dexterity modifier.