Thanks for speaking for the rest of us! The ultimate intent of this site, is to share; "teach & learn" information, and we can do it much easier without the scrutiny of categorizing each minute detail before helping someone out.
I have gleaned much helpful information from this site, and I appreciate the person or persons; who founded it. Thanks!
I'm not uppity, I'm relating what works in the field, in practice, as opposed to what works in theory.
Perhaps the animals I hunt are different, but the antelope, deer and elk I kill at long range have a vested interest in staying alive, and that means they're a millisecond away from moving behind something that obstructs the shot, or presenting their backside....
Now, if you're looking at the ultimate 900 yd prairie dog rifle, that's another story.
Who cares if he goes down the hole, another one's coming up soon...
But elk are different. You may get one shot a year, and may only get 10 seconds of a broadside shot.
Hunting rifles are to be shot fast. Your target wants to stay alive, and is constantly on the move. I can take a rifle designed to be shot fast, and shoot slow with it, but not the other way around.
Talk down to me again after you've killed a hundred big game animals.
Like you said, it's long range hunting, and I dont see it distinguishing btwn rock chucks or elk or coyotes. Your target is considerably harder to put down than mine (well, dunno about the coyote ;p), but also considerably larger. Each has it's challenges. If you want to thump your chest about hundreds of big game animals, all shot w/i a 'ten second window', knock yourself out. I think you can take a guess as to how impressed everybody will be. For what it's worth, the few deer I've either shot or been spotting for the shooter that have been at longer distances had absolutely no clue we were there. Completely unconcerned, grazing w/o a care in the world. No 'ten second window'. More like ten minute. That was kind of the point I thought.
Again, I think you're missing the idea here. To each their own. You define hunting your way, I define it my way. If you're happy and I'm happy, then it's all good and there's no need to naysay one method or the other.
I prefer a 14.5" LOP, I'm 6'2" and the bent arm measurement yields a 15.25" measurement.
I hunt LR primarily from a bipod.
I've taken 100+ big game animals in my time and 'shooting fast' does not correlate to LR hunting for me. At several hundred yards I need to identify my prey animal, determine the distance, and evaluate the wind. I must now achieve a good shooting position and discharge the arm properly.
My LR hunting experience has definitely been enhanced by studying benchrest techniques and learning from BR shooters.