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Location: Newfoundland, Canada
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best gun/caliber for hunting moooses

.30-06's are quite common among the moose hunters I know, along with a few .300 Win Mag's...and I have one uncle who now uses a 7MM RUM because the place he ordered it from sent him the wrong one; but he was a .308 man before that. My dad used .303's for years before switching over to .30-06. I kinda lean towards the .300 Win Mag myself because I'm comfortable with its capabilities and trajectory; which is important for those longer shots on the open barrens.

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Location: Rockland County, NY
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best gun/caliber for hunting moooses

I'll be heading to Newfoundland this fall. I'm using a Remington .300 Ultra Mag, short action with 180 Trophy Bonds. I'm sure that will do it.

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Location: Alaska
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Don Fischer wrote:
I think most people that hate any bullet, used it improperly or, in the case of the Barnes, not at all. I have never used the Barnes but it's a no brainer that a solid copper bullet is not coming apart. I have wondered about it opening and there have been reports I trust where it didn't. But, even if a bullet doesn't open, if it's well placed in the vitals and penertates, it'll do the job.

Hello to all, I just stumbled on your site here as my 12 year old son was looking up what would be a great caliber for Moose (what he is really wanting to find out is if his 270 w/ 150 gr Nosler Partitions are going to work) I have assured him that with the proper placement it will bring home lots of Moose steaks.

As I read I saw this Barnes X discussion and thought I'd add my 2 cents .

I shot a 3 x 3 Blacktail with a 7mm from about 80 yards. It was a quartering shot hitting the deer on the left side, the bullet entered dead center on a rib and exited dead center on a rib. The deer sat back on it's butt, it's front legs in the air as if it was running while it proceeded to fall completely over onto it's back, well on it's way to the great food plot in the sky. When I got the hide off I covered the entry hole with a dime, the exit hole I covered with a nickel. Had it not been a high shot that hit and separated the main artery who knows how far that deer would have run or if it would have ever stopped.

My experience with Barnes X bullets can be summed up as this, I will never use then again on small game. I will add, I have friends who have used then in Africa with perfect results. Would I recommend them . . . . based on reports from friends as I mentioned, yes for animals with very thick hide, for deer never.

Now on to the arguments regarding Barnes X vs Nosler Partitions. Yes, agreed, Barnes X don't fragment. Nosler Partitions do. Somewhere around 1995 I called a friend who works at Nosler in Bend Or. I asked him about this very subject, his reply was that the lead composition was designed to fragment, that the designers were most assuredly capable of designing a bullet that wouldn't fragment but also realized that hunters had reported noticing small holes in organs and arteries caused by pieces of lead that had fragmented from the main bullet.

Here is my personal experience. I have recovered two 338 Win Mag bullets from Elk. One shot on a laser site was 371 yards, the bullet started out as a 210 gr Partition, it hit a rib going in and ended up just under the hide on the opposite side and ended up 192 gr. The other lasered at 427 yards. It hit a rib going in and a rib going out before the hide stopped it. It weighed 186 gr.

OK, here's my 2 cents . . . if you need to shoot a animal that has extremely thick hide . . . consider the Barnes X, for all other animals on the entire North American continent . . . Nosler Partitions have served me well on the animals I have gotten.

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I say just use what you think is best, there is no "magic caliber". Some think that the 270 is all you need, while others think you need a 375H&H. Just take what you think is right.

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I use my 308 savage lever. for moose.shot three in the last four yrs, Each one shot kills, .two droppedright there.one walked maybe 20 feet before dropping. 180 gr. the one that walked was shot at a little over 200 yrd.s. bullet placement is the key.

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Location: Newfoundland, Canada
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snytrophyhunter wrote:
I'll be heading to Newfoundland this fall. I'm using a Remington .300 Ultra Mag, short action with 180 Trophy Bonds. I'm sure that will do it.

Yup! That'll do it, haha! Thumbs up

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Location: hanover, pa
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newfoundland

Hey Davis---what outfitter are you hunting with this fall in newfoundland? Have hunted there since 1998 with the same outfitter--Snowshoe Lake outfitters.

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Location: Oregon Territory
Joined: 12/21/2007
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My rifle for Moose is my Winchester 71 , .348 Winchester either with .220 or .250 grain Barnesover some Reloader 19.

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I drew a moose tag this year and will let you know how my 300 weatherby mag does if I'm lucky enough to get an opportunity at a nice bull.

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Location: Southern NH
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Well, since we exumed this thread I'll chime in....

My tag for NH is pretty much a suburban moose tag in Unit M. 99% of the zone is shotgun/muzzleloader/archery only. If I hunt the rifle acre, I'll use my Winchester SS Classic Model 70 in .338 Win Mag with Partition 250g's that I have left over from elk hunting. If I'm in a really brushy area I've got a sweet Remington 600 in .308 with a 1.5-5X on it that's short and swings really well and will drive a 180g premium bullet quite nicely. I can also pick up the 700 Mountain Rifle in .280 Rem and use up some old Failsafe's although I don't really care for them much. I also have some Federal Premium ammo in that caliber. I think they're 160-165g but I can't remember the particular bullet.

I'll probably spend most of my time in the "no rifle" zone so I'll be carrying a .50 cal MZ with Hornady 385g Great Plains conicals. Depending on how scouting goes. I might even take the Diamond Black Ice out for a walk. I do have shotguns and slug barrels but it's all old school, non rifled stuff. I haven't carried a slug gun afield in thirty years.

With any luck I'll have pictures of the results.Wink

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