Originally Posted by bowhunter42
Well I let a real nice 6 x6 bull elk walk because it was a steep quartering shot it was only 331yds but I would have had to hit just in front of the back leg thru the stomach and into the vitals, I didn't take the shot cause I dont think the Berger would have made it to the vitals, I do remember thinking to myself if I had an accu-bond that would be a dead bull!
I guess it depends on what you class as long range. I don't class 331 yards as all that far and any hunting bullet from a suitable calibre should be able to work at that distance. Nothing wrong with quartering away shots at 331 yards, however I would never intentially shoot through the stomach on large game.
At "long range" the vital area is so much harder to hit and the impact velocity is so much lower. A broadside shot reduces the chance of wounding the animal and a bullet designed for such shots is the logical choice.
A controlled expansion bullet designed for a high impact velocity may not do as much damage in a long range - low impact velocity situation.