Ranged Weapons are capable of being used in Melee, as an Improvised Weapon as per P.268 in the Rules Compendium:
... A ranged weapon cannot be used with a melee power or a close power that has the weapon keyword, unless the weapon is wielded as an improvised melee weapon.
Improvised Weapons then state:
When a weapon is used as an improvised weapon, the weapon’s normal characteristics (such as properties, powers, bonuses, and critical hit effects) do not apply.
But, Belt of the Brawler changes how we view Improvised Weapons:
Belt of the Brawler: Make improvised attacks (included unarmed attacks) as if you were armed with a club.
Therefore, could a character with the Belt of the Brawler, effectively use a Ranged Weapon within combat for Melee Powers (as a Club)? And, if so, what attributes carry over for those attacks (i.e. Count as attacking with a Bow, maintain Magic Items Properties for the attacks, etc...)?