Originally Posted by paphil
I think the vidio was made to help the average guy become a better shooter. There are probably a thousand shooters out there that already understood most of the information and sure hope they didn't think that there is some gadget that will make them a perfect shot. The vidio exposes the different conditions and problems encountered in long range hunting. You don't usually get a spotter shot in the real world of hunting and it would be unethical to use an animal as a target for a spotter shot ( oops, I hit him in the back leg, better give him a couple of clicks higher and a couple to the right). Any thing you can do to improve your ability is a positive thing and probably the best advice given on the entire vidio is when John Porter, upon being confronted with swirling winds, is asked what to do. His honest and valuable response is to move in to get a closer shot. The information presented can make any shooter better and I've yet to see anyone else doing as much to help the shooting community.
obviously there are those hunters unfamiliar with what a spotter is.
it is another person who takes a position behind the shooter. with proper optics, the actual shot can be followed to the target. sight corrections are then relayed to the shooter for follow up shots.
misses or poor shots such as leg hits are unavoidable in the real world of long range hunting. especially where considerable distance and wind are involved. experienced honest hunters will acknowledge this. moving closer is always advisable if possible. thats not always possible and why a spotter is essential in successful long range hunting.
think about this, as recent as 20 years ago about nobody had heard the name nightforce.
i can tell you lots and lots of animals were being shot long range without nightforce.
now we have lots of guys thinking you cant be successful without one.
same is true with best of the west and the things they promote.
fact is lots of people have jumped on the long range bandwagon in recent years. buy this or buy that and you will be more successful.
i challenge you to ask bob hart whos name has been mentioned, what the hart philosiphy was 30 years ago.
those few who were touting big wildcat rifles for long range hunting back then were considered nitwits by hart rifles and by many others.
but now the long range bandwagon is rolling. the old nitwits are still nitwits, but new ways have been found way to spell expert.