Originally Posted by mrb1982
So here I am hunting muley's in Wyoming a week ago. I am walking a ridge with my long range rifle, working the shadows with the wind in my face. I come up on some deer, I sit down, range them, 75yds. This gets me thinking.
Think of the amount of time that we all put in on the off season shooting, practicing, loading, tinkering, all the money spent. And most of us probably shoot animals inside of 500yds where maybe we wouldn't even need it.
I goes to show how much enjoyment we all get out of long range, even though we may only have to use it a handful of times in our lifetime. I started laughing to myself. It is like a hunting insurance policy, you know, I can shoot a 1000yds "just in case" hahahaha
I really have no point, just one of those random thoughts on a great day of hunting with some time to just reflect on stuff.
It's safe to say, we're all crazy!!!!! hahahaha
I'd imagine we've all thought about this from time to time, I know I have.
When it comes to the skill and equipment needed for long range proficiency though it's much better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
The only thing worse than not being able to take that long shot with confidence putting that once in a lifetime trophy on the wall would be to see it wonder off to die slowly only to be lost because of a poorly placed shot.
Let's face it most people lack the discipline to simply pass on a shot that is beyond their practical range and that is how a great deal of game goes wasted every year. Those of us who practice at long range and put the money into the equipment that can handle it however tend to know and respect our limits. That comes from lots of practice and work.