Searching by date makes the input page confusing. I find that showing more results on a single page to be the best solution to the problem. The Advanced search v2.7 add-on works very well, it's typically used when using the main search is not finding the result you're after.
The Advanced search v2.7 allows the admin to adjust the results limit in the options page, adjust to a larger number if you have a forum with many posts.
It does work well, but without date limitations, it makes it difficult for us to find the posts we're hunting for. (We've got almost 10 million posts, so refining the search becomes important.) Thanks for considering it at least.
Yes with 10M posts, the results would be difficult if try to find a certain thread or post that's using a common search word. Also the Advanced search v2.7 will be too slow on very large forums, 5M posts or more.
Just in case this helps someone one day... it looks like this feature may already exist, it's not just exposed in the user interface. I have also not tested this with Elasticsearch / "Enhanced Search"...