Good point, the chap that can shoot consistently out to 500 metres as a result of extensive practice and possibly some training is not reckless IMHO as an ex keeper I have seen many deer gut shot at distances much less than 100 yds but I suppose that would be an ethical gut shotI don't care, you should shoot at ranges your capable of and not worry about what others think or say
Realize, too, that a lot of people are infatuated right now with shooting long range from the bench and it spills over into hunting, among the newbies, who are more shooter than hunter. So there is an endless amount of chatter about what rifle and cartridge and bullet to shoot ( "hunt") deer at 400 and 500 yards, and not so much actually done.There will be a big difference between what the guys are talking about on here and the websites you are looking at which at a guess are often US ones.
Your American websites however are a little different. Their view of long range is over 500 yds, often out to 1000 and beyond, when magnum calibres and high BC bullets make a difference. Their short is probably sub 200 yds.