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Ok well I have to say with the right calibre and right bullet, its still the shot of the shooter that makes the harvest. If you go into the field and you cant shoot the overall success wont be determined by the rfle and calibre.

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atomikall's got it about right. I've taken one bull moose - that with a 180 gr. Partition out of my 300 Win Mag. Down with one shot to the shoulder hump. Other guys in camp got on a bull that was all fired up, and it took 6 shots from a 338 to finally put the thing down.

The bottom line is the same old story: anything 7mm or larger, well-placed, is gonna do the job just fine. Everything else is just a matter of personal preference. You like the 358? Feeling the whole 45/70 thing? Sold on the WSMs? Fine - whatever floats yer boat. These preferences just give us something to talk about, but they really don't mean much in terms of bottom line results.

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Don Fischer wrote:
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.

Don- when you say that a 300 savage is as effective as a 375 H&H with proper bullet placement, I assume you are talking about moose alone. I don't know enough about moose to argue with you there, but I don't think your logic applies to all game (e.g. shooting a cape buff in the lungs with a 300 savage would probably just tickle the critter. The lung shot with a 375 on the other hand, is a good one. I imagine the same thing is applcable on all thick skinned and tougher game.). Think

I know the old brain shot logic, but how often are those taken on anything other than hippo and eles?

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The discussion is about moose. I don't know of anywhere in North America you can hunt a cape buffalo.

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DaGooster wrote:
I've taken one bull moose - that with a 180 gr. Partition out of my 300 Win Mag. Down with one shot to the shoulder hump.

Well congrats on your moose, but you were very fortunate that you got the animal. The "hump" is just muscle & grissle, no vital organs at all. My guess would be spinal damage.
Congrats again Big smile

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[quote="Hammer1"The "hump" is just muscle & grissle, no vital organs at all. My guess would be spinal damage.
Congrats again Big smile

Well that's news to me! That's where the guide said to hit him, and he was the senior guy in camp. I wonder what the logic was behind that recommendation? Think Normally, one would aim a foot or two lower on that kind of critter, and I suppose that's what I'll do next time!

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For the life of me I can't understand why someone would tell you that , unless they actually believe it themselves. And that story is not new by any means, heard it forty odds years ago.
For the still doubtful, just Google " Shot Placement moose". I always wanted to see Alaska and go on a Grizzly Bear Hunt,,those fellas got humps too, but I wouldn't be aiming at it Shame on You! Shame on You! Shame on You!

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Well I used my regular MOOSE getter in Newfoundland in september, my .340 weatherby shooting a 250 grain Nosler partition, successful and a good hunt. Had to wait till tuesday before seeing any moose. We were going out from the lodge on this dirt road at about 7:15 in the morning when all of a sudden this cow and bull jumped right out of the gutter beside the road. Had to apply brakes to stop from hitting bull. He run up the road and off to the side on a small bank. Jumped out of truck and put a 250 in front of the rear right leg up thru the boiler roon., as he was quartering away. Course everyone knows it takes a moose 1 minute and 57 seconds to know that he is dead, He just stood there so I layed another of the .340 in the same place. He toppled over backward, upside down about 10 feet from the dirt road. Easy loading after field dressing. The next day-wednesday- it rained in buckets, so that meant some crusing, just lookin. Thursday afternoon around I ended my hunt with a nice Cariboi at 6pm in the afternoon. We took the ferry to Nova-Scotia on saturdsy nite thru gale force winds, what a ride, took us 8 hrs. instead of 6. Thumbs up

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Congrats Big smile Thumbs up Big smile

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We have used a rem mdl 788 in the .308 cal with 180 grain federals for 7 of the 9 moose shot in our family. This year twith my wifes 23 point bull she used the .308 and I used the 7mm. mag as a back-up gun. Not 1 of these moose have run over 50 yards.It's not the size that matters, it's the shot placement.

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