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best gun/caliber for hunting moooses

i guess i'd hunt moose with a 257 roberts with 120 grn partitions, but those damn brown bears would make it SOOOO much less fun. It's really to me about the brownies not the moose, he'll go down if you shoot him right.

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over gunning it

You are all over gunning it, i shot my first moose with a .243 using 100 grain ammo, you dont need a 308 or 338 to kill a fricken moose

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Re: over gunning it
AlaskanHunter wrote:
You are all over gunning it, i shot my first moose with a .243 using 100 grain ammo, you dont need a 308 or 338 to kill a fricken moose

I'm not sure you can be over gunned for anything, but you can be undergunned. Reguardless of how easy it may be to kill a moose, it is a big animal with lots of bulk to penetrate.

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best gun/caliber for hunting moooses

I shot moose (calves) with a 300 Savage 165 Hornady, then I went to a 30-06 180 Hornady and then I build MY ultimate Moose gun, a .375X284 on a Vz24 with a Bishop stock (Yes, that long ago) and use a 300grain Win Silvertip. I went to almost all the gunshops in Ontario to get all the 300 Silvertips, since at that time win stopped making bullets. Our distance for moose is usually less then 100 yards and a lot are shot at 50. I found out that the Magnums ( 300, 7mm) have a tendency to blow up on the shorter distances. (I know that will get a lot of static) Evil!
I concur that bullet placement is of importance, BUT I like the bullet to stop on the other side, making a bulge on the skin, expending all the energy inside . Unlike a lot of German hunters, who like the bullet to exit, to make a better blood trail. I would like no blood trail but have them drop on the spot. Thumbs up

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best gun/caliber for hunting moooses

I think this short article sums it up nicely.

http://www.chuckhawks.com/cannons_field.htm

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best gun/caliber for hunting moooses

The best caliber for moose is the one you have in your hands when mr. moose shows himself.

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best gun/caliber for hunting moooses

I use a 300 win mag. I loaded it with 200 grain sierra led tip boat tales and they dropped him in his tracks. Over all for NA Big game, I don't think you can beat the 30 cal in the 300 win mag.

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Location: Kamloops, BC
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best gun/caliber for hunting moooses

I took a immature bull this year, opening day Big smile , with a 300 win mag 180 gr (Federal Ammunition). It dropped like a ton of bricks. I hit it right behind the ear.

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Location: Northern WI
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best gun/caliber for hunting moooses

We use Buffalo Bore 350 and 405 gr magnum rounds in Marlin 1895G chambered for .45/70 Govt. Drops the biggest boys right in their tracks. You've already got enough work ahead of you after the shot...why add to it with a long trail to follow?

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best gun/caliber for hunting moooses

I used a .375 H&H in a Rem XCR for my Moose. Seemed to work well. Big smile
You can not over kill an animal, dead is dead!
If I am going to travel, to hunt for a short time only, I want the best chance to take and recover the animal I am hunting.

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