Re: In what situations is long-range hunting utilized??
Renee, for me, the answer is both. I do still hunting as well as posting. What I have learned prepares me for any possibility I might run into. If nothing else, it gives me the experience to not shoot in a bad situation.
Some areas I hunt are not easily accessible without shooting from across a valley, other areas may have large cut blocks that need a longer poke.
At any rate, I enjoy LR plinking too and shoot clays and gongs at extended ranges.
Having a big magnum does not make it a LR rifle. You need to develop accurate loads with bullets that will work at extended ranges. You also need support equipment to ensure first shot hits are very possible. Then the last ingredient, is the desire and willingness to practise, practise, and practise some more under field conditions in different weather.
I am sure if you explore the many posts on this board, you will find that those that LR hunt take it very seriously. Far more so then many "short range" hunters. This is not a board for those that throw big chunks of lead into the air and hope for the best. The money, time and effort that these LR hunters invest ensure success.
They know a thing or two about accurate rifles too.
Hope this gives you a bearing on where we are coming from...