I like practicing at very long range, though most of my practice is taking weird angle and off-balance shots at close range. I too think the doing some long range practice helps one’s close range shooting. Shooting game: as close as I can get. My average across the last 627 animals is less than 16 yards. if THE GAME IS REALLY LARGE AND IS ALSO A ‘SOFT’ ANIMAL I will stretch that out to near 30 yards. “Standard size” big game and, definitely, dangerous game, 20 yards or closer.