Okay maybe it's the interweb and everyone being more readily connected.
I usually read here and one or two other forums every night and it seems that in the last few years everyone has some tale of the( insert game animal here), which of course was record book size, that they easily tipped over at 6-7 hell even 9 hundred yards.
Now I wasn't around back in the way back, but I do have an extensive library of classic books and vintage magazines, which I've read for years. And with the exception of Elmer Keith, who is a favorite BTW, there is hardly a mention of anything being shot at, much less routinely knocked off at 800yds.
I know technology has improved to some degree, it's my job to keep up with those developments, but I'm not sure it's come this far. I own and use a scope that was built in 1962, put it next to it's new equivalent and it's just about as bright and plenty reliable as adjustment goes. Heck you can't say it's new high speed acrtridges, the 300Wby has been around since the 40s and none of the new stuff is that much faster. I know the average factory rifle shoots better out of the box but the old ones still shot pretty acceptably, and there were custom rifles back then too.
Some may cite military training, but I believe the course of fire was pretty close to the same 50yrs ago, and they were training and using marksmen back then too, maybe not quite to the same extent, but I still find it hard to believe that most hunters today were on a scout sniper team.
Now I'm not trying to call anyone out or say anyone is a liar, although doubtless some are. I just want to know what. Changed and when, to make us confident enough or make some feel the need to shoot from afar. Id also like to know where everyone gets these skills, IE how does one get this good without being on the Olympic team, or shooting for the AMU.
Just a thought as it seems to be a current tread on the net to tout how many counties away your last big buck was when you dropped the hammer. And Hell Agl4now is stirring it up I might as well get my spoon in there.
BTW I shot my grizzly this fall at a longish, for me on big bears, 177yds. I hope to shoot my unit 13 caribou and fill my CO mulie tag at spitting distance but that's just how I think.
PS please don't make this a pissin match, I want honest opinions of what you think makes us as modern hunters more capable.