I’m kinda migrating back to bow at the moment. Charge Blade is lots of fun, but I’m starting to really see what makes ranged weapons click for me - wider field of view, and less staggering/tripping. I’ve yet to learn how to stay out of the constant stuns and trips that occur just by being within 10ft of a monster, and bow lets me cheat around that. Even with a stun resist 3 charm, I get tripped/staggered all over the place, and some of those last nearly as long as a stun.
I still feel bad because it seems like MH is a game about melee, and ranged almost feels cheaty. I console myself with the fact that I will ultimately need to build weapons for every element, and have a number of different gear/deco loadouts.