first as stated above, many hunters think they are already doing things well, whether they know better or not.With so much at stake I am still scratching my head over all of these bad outcomes where most could be corrected with a preflight of the gear and demonstrated competency prior to the hunt. Instead we exclude the most lethal calibers because African DG hunters can’t be trusted to competently operate their rifles as well as bring the appropriate ammo.
second, the PH is trying to make a living and is VERY unlikely to tell a client that he is unwilling to hunt with him because he is not as familiar with his rifle/ammo combo as he would like!
would you? i don't know what you do for a living but being super critical of a paying customer who really wants your services, would you send them away? so, the PH makes the mental note to "get the client closer" or "be ready or quick with a follow up shot" etc.
we as clients should do our best, but many of us don't actually know what that is sometimes and/or are unwilling to do it due to time constraints, distance from the gun range availability of ammo, etc.
i have spoken to several long range shooters that advocate shooting at some far distance. the first question i ask them is how far away is your bullet traveling 1900 fps? (the lowest velocity that most bullets will operate at) and why would you shoot past that? most of them were unable to answer that. then we would have a discussion about their hunting style of longish shooting at game. whether any of them changed their mind or their ways i don't know but was always surprised that they did not know that simple and most important fact.
btw, long range hunting is not really done much in africa, thankfully.