The main issue I see with bad shots here in elk country is the willingness of hunters to take shots they are not skilled enough to take. Every year, multiple times, I see elk shot at, wounded, and killed by hunters taking standing shots on running elk at close range. I have never seen a hunter practicing standing shots at the range, and there certainly is no moving target here to practice on. But they are willing to give it their first try on an elk. Its not much different for the long range stuff, just keep shooting until you finally hit one and slow it down. In many cases they get one killed and 2 or 3 limp off with bullets in them. It all comes down to the fact that shots are being taken that the hunter knows he couldnt make on the range cold bore if a $100 bill was on the line. Its not really a distance issue. This is a subject that I take seriously because elk fever seems to be getting worse and worse. Op, if more guys were like you there would be no issues and you could use any rifle you wanted and never wound one because you only shot within your limits.