- A fresh generation of super-slow-burning powders enabled large-capacity cases to turn out far more feet per second.
- Rifle accuracy increased by 100 percent, or 150 percent, or 200 percent, depending on how you measure it.
- Small, highly accurate, very powerful, affordable laser rangefinders became common.
- Hunting-bullet development took a mega leap forward, producing a new generation of slugs that are tough, highly aerodynamic, and extremely accurate.
- Interest in the 6.5mm bullet surged, led by competition shooters who loved the lack of recoil and the sensational streamlining that you get with bullets of this diameter.
- Hunting scopes crossbred with target scopes, and now are made with more magnification, range-compensating reticles, accurate adjustments (some of them, anyway), parallax focusing, and optics so wonderful they are practically incandescent.
- Interest in long-range shooting spread beyond the military and target fraternities to big-game hunters, where its popularity still grows.