Accurately calculating a bullet’s point of impact gets exponentially more complicated as the shot gets longer. And so your odds of hitting go from good to bad to much worse. Once you get to the 400-yard mark, a host of factors come into play that most hunters and shooters rarely think about. Things like swings in air temperature, variability in muzzle velocity, pulling the trigger when your crosshairs aren’t quite level, and how the wind affects the shot. It’s learning to account for these variables that makes long-range shooting rewarding, but they should also serve as cautionary notes for anyone wanting to hunt at extended ranges.