99 replies [Last post]
Offline
Joined: 08/27/2004
Posts: 1964
best gun/caliber for hunting moooses

Dont forget the guys that use the Power Points and Silver tips there musta been some of those in there too. Anyway youd get a nice chunk as a butcher bringing those to the scarp yard.

Offline
Location: Melvina, Wi.
Joined: 02/18/2007
Posts: 262
best gun/caliber for hunting moooses

Not in Alaska-- it's Partition country--besides two buckets would hold enough bullets to kill most moose in AK.

expatriate's picture
Offline
Location: Arizona
Joined: 10/26/2002
Posts: 3207
best gun/caliber for hunting moooses

At the risk of taking this farther off the moose topic, I'll put in my two cents and defend Barnes. Last week I put a 180 grain TSX broadside through a brown bear with a .300 WSM. Can't testify to what it looked like afterward, because after it went through the left shoulder and boiler room, it left a hole the size of a quarter when it came out just behind the right shoulder and kept going. As for the bear, it dropped like a rock. So I bet you didn't see any buckets of Barnes bullets because you can't recover what doesn't stay in the animal. The beauty of Barnes is that they don't shed weight. Partitions and Accubonds are excellent bullets, but are still expected to lose some weight -- and that reduces their ability to penetrate compared to a Barnes.

That said, I'm still making up my mind about them. I get tighter groups with partitions, but that may because I've been handloading partitions and the only Barnes I've shot so far have been Federal factory loads. On a side note, I'm starting to wonder about Federal -- the case neck split almost to the shoulder on the round I shot my bear with -- shouldn't happen on a first-use case. I'll have to buy some triple shocks and see if I can work up a load that gets the accuracy I'm after in decent brass.

As far as moose go, I've heard a lot of people swear by .300s and .338s. But I believe statistically more moose are killed with a .30-06 than anything else.

Offline
Location: Melvina, Wi.
Joined: 02/18/2007
Posts: 262
best gun/caliber for hunting moooses

Believe me I have no problem with Barnes--Used to load 325's and 350's for my 416 Rem mag--as for stats-I agree the 06 kills more moose than any other round- I used mine for first 12 yrs in Ak then went to 300 and 338 when I got a few coins in pocket.
Congradulations on the brownie- where did you get him?

expatriate's picture
Offline
Location: Arizona
Joined: 10/26/2002
Posts: 3207
best gun/caliber for hunting moooses

Got the bear down by Yakutat. Got a sweet deal that got me and a buddy a nine-day fly-in for less than a grand apiece. As you know, that's one of the benefits of living here -- no requirement for a guide. Couldn't pass that up -- it was about a week from the time we decided to go for it until we had wheels in the air. Great trip that really put everything to the test. The only problem is that it's a 1 bear every four years area, so I kind of hosed myself for going back anytime soon.

Offline
Location: Melvina, Wi.
Joined: 02/18/2007
Posts: 262
best gun/caliber for hunting moooses

How well i remember--Used to help Art warbelow of Warbelow Air ventures out some for free flying--My last Dall's hunt cost me about $50 without mount. Even for residents hunting ain't cheap- flying costs, equipment like boats etc but far less then non res esp tags. Nice going.

Offline
Joined: 10/26/2005
Posts: 19
best gun/caliber for hunting moooses

My .358 Winchester with 225 grain Barnes TSX bullets performed flawlessly this year. The bullet completely shattered the moose leg/shoulder and put him down on the spot.

That being said, debating calibers is worthless. The most important thing is the shooters accuracy, then the bullet size/choice, and then the caliber. Big premium bullets are what's important in my opinion.

Offline
Location: Melvina, Wi.
Joined: 02/18/2007
Posts: 262
best gun/caliber for hunting moooses

You bet it is pope- and me, I'd hate to waste all that meat with a shot anywhere near the shoulder.

Offline
Location: new brunswick
Joined: 07/28/2007
Posts: 298
best gun/caliber for hunting moooses

the 30-06 is the round that all others are judged by !! so go figure Thumbs up

Don Fischer's picture
Offline
Moderator
Location: Antelope, Ore
Joined: 03/24/2005
Posts: 3190
best gun/caliber for hunting moooses

The discussion always rotates around cartridges when in truth it should be about suitable calibers, proper bullets and bullet placement. A 375 H&H is no more effevtive than a 300 Savage with the right bullet properly placed.

The best gun/caliber doesn't exist. Many are the best!

Related Forum Threads You Might Like

ThreadThread StarterRepliesLast Updated
358 WinchesterHuntnFish212/21/2008 21:27 pm
One CaliberTrophy_Hunter_416503/29/2008 01:46 am
Best caliber for dangerouse game ??Harald504/17/2008 09:01 am
What caliber for pronghorn and mulies?dms-13702/22/2006 18:59 pm
small caliber tnhunter3210/26/2013 07:41 am