Re: What\'s your guys\' way to estimate distance while LR hunting?
If I am in "game country", I set up a range card and range locations (likely places where animals will show themselves) with my Leica 1200. It gives me the quality ranging I seek.
I have found that mil-dots are great on known-sized targets but game are not known until you put them down.
Once a range card is established, a nice "sniper ambush" is set and ready for activation. The only thing you need to remember is to dial on your atmospheric elevation and temperature correction (given windage and other elevation come-ups, too).
Hope this helps, at least a bit.
Former Special Operations Sniper. Rangers, Lead The Way!