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best gun/caliber for hunting moooses

I've hunted moose here in the Yukon for about 20 years. I've shot them with 30.30's, with .270's, with 303 British and most often with my 30.06. In the last few years I've changed from 180 gr. bullets to 165's. Nothing fancy.... basic factory loads. My sons and I just started reloading so this year we'll shoot some hand loads. With the hand loads I've gone back to 180 gr. so we'll see how it goes.

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I have taken moose with 7mm and 338 I think any 30 cal would do the job. It is as much bullet placement as caliber.

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I don't have any experience hunting moose, thus the reason I posted the question. From the replies, it looks to me that moose aren't realy what you would classify as a "tougher" species. If one is comfortable using a 30/30 on an animal that size, it would seem to me they aren't real fighters. If given the chance, I'd probably use what I do on elk... a remington 35 whelen, 358 BLR, or a 338 federal ruger. I really like my 45/70, and it's been posted that they work well. I might also use one of my double rifles just as an excuse to use them. I've got a 9.3x74R that might be perfect. My 470 nitro might be a bit overkill, but I don't think I'd really have to worry about meat damage. Good to see so many different cals that could be used. Now I just need to nut up and go get me a moose.

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I wouldnt use the 30/30 but its up too you unless you are planning on getting close enough to them or stand hunting calling and hoping they come in close enough for moose its more the 30 cals that will travel more distance and still drop em not sayin the 30/30 wont but I would use a .303 before a 30/30 for moose just my thoughts. Though the .338 should be perfect and your right a .470 is overkill but what the hey just aim for the heart. I like 30/30s for brush and close up shots through deep, thick ruff spots but for open shooting and field, gulleys, ravines I would use a .303 .308 or 30-06 before a 30/30 anyday. Some people prefer different but these are the calibres of my choice for all candian big game.

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Just had an interesting though. The Nosler Partition came about presumably because John Nosler had a premium bullet of that time fail on a moose. The story is that he was using a 300H&H. Yes I just looked it up. It doesn't say what bullet it was. The story is that there was so much mud on the bulls shoulder the bullet couldn't penetrate. That was 1946 and I'm told that the 300 H&H was then about like the 30-06 of today.

I have no idea how much mud you can pack on the shoulder of a moose nor how much mud it takes to stop a bullet from a 300 H&H but the bullet that resulted from this incident certainly set a standard didn't it? Now people either love them or hate them or like myself, just are unwilling to pay for them. And after all the years of being infallible, we now are told that the Barnes X bullet is preferred. I wonder what will knock the Barnes X off the hill, I doubt I'll be here to see it. But until then, if I am, I'm going to keep on using good cup and core bullets in appropriate caliber and weight for the game I'm hunting and keep them loaded to reasonable velocity for their construction and use them at reasonable ranges.

It was just a thought! Yes

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I've never seen a Partition that was dug out of a moose but I have seen a few Barnes X's that were dug out of Elk. Every one had a nice mushroom shape with the petals rolled back. Very impressive.

Don, you made a good point.
In most cases. The reason for bullet failure is because the bullet of choice was used beyond it's manufacturers velocity range recommendation. Select the proper bullet, as per manufacturers recommendation of usage, and you have the proper bullet for the need at hand.

I like the spitzer poly or soft point bonded cores simply because they don't come apart in the extreme circumstance. Cup and core with a bit of just in case insurance.

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Remington Core lokt for me over nosler anyday and on any big game animal we have they will not fail. Never had one fail And I dont know if I will. Thumbs up

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I've heard a couple of PH's complain about Barnes "X"'s because they caused too much meat damage or just blew up. Seems to me that that would only apply to magnum velocity cals, but on moose, I would suspect you'd want something with reasonable penetration. I suppose shooting them out of a lower velocity gun might make them work like a charm for all I know. I've never killed anything with a Barnes X. Has anyone heard of or experienced these perfomance issues I've mentioned. Think

Here's what I'm talking about... http://www.go-on-safari.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=1102

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I try to only use winchester and remington ammunition but Ill try different things out, but have never shot an animal with barnes shells.

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maddenwh wrote:
I've heard a couple of PH's complain about Barnes "X"'s because they caused too much meat damage or just blew up. Seems to me that that would only apply to magnum velocity cals, but on moose, I would suspect you'd want something with reasonable penetration. I suppose shooting them out of a lower velocity gun might make them work like a charm for all I know. I've never killed anything with a Barnes X. Has anyone heard of or experienced these perfomance issues I've mentioned. ::-k

Here's what I'm talking about... http://www.go-on-safari.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=1102

I saw somewhere some photo's of Barnes X's that supposeably blew up; I doubt it. The photo's that accopnanied the complaint show one very bad grazing shot and two others that were probably done with something liks a Sierra Match King. Some goon thought he'd give'em a try in africa then laid the blame for failure on Barnes bullet's.

I don't use Barnes bullet's, never have and no intention of ever doing so. But it would be impossible to blow one up, it's solid copper! Velocity should not effect them much at all.

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