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Seems how I logve my .338

Seems how I logve my .338 WM..that caliber will get my vote.  Great caliber and hard hitting.  I would then choose a good bullet.  I am a Nosler fan and I use the Accubond, but the partion is a great bullet also.  If going witht the .338WM i would choose a bullet that aleast weighs 200 grains.  I have tried 180 grains out of my gun and they do not seem to shoot all that well...almost like it's too light.  Good luck and good hunting!!

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338

Well the 338 WM will definitely tip over an elk and I would expect about the same effect on a moose. The gun is a little heavier than I like but that what you get in most factory magnum rifles. It makes it a little more pleasant at the range.....but maybe pleasant isn't the right word....more bareable. A few shots with the cannon and I have the place to myself. I always use the 250g bullets so maybe it kicks a little more. I think the lightest bullet I've bought is 225g TBBC. I'm pretty sure the .50 will tip one over, too. I might experiment with a sabotted round. I can't use them in CO so I haven't messed around with them in years. I've just used Powerbelts, Hornady Great Plains and Thompson's full diameter bullets. Powerbelts will fall out of my gun so I won't use them in the field. I think there are some other fine options out there for .50 cal with sabots. I believe Barnes makes a copper solid MZ round. It would be kinda cool to get a nice bull with a muzzleloader. Too bad you can't use a handgun for moose here....it'd be a good excuse to get a new 500 or 460 Magnum. ;-)

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confusing

I looked at the regs again last night and it says you CAN use a handgun. Hmmmm. Wouldn't be bad to carry a big honkin' magnum along with the MZ....... except it makes my pants fall down and makes me walk crooked.lol

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My first moose will be taken

My first moose will be taken with a 270 throwing the same 160 g load that O'Connor took three moose with. After that, my .338 will be getting the nod.

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I am 14 and live in Alberta.

I am 14 and live in Alberta. I have shot 7 moose with rifle. 2 on my tags, 3 as a partner on my dad's tags and 2 as a partner on my Grandpa's tags. I have shot 3 with a .270 Win, 1 with a 7 mm Rem. Mag. and 3 with a .30-06. It is about the place ment of the shot. Sure, the caliber matters, but only to a certain degree. My longest shot on a moose was 411 yards. I was using the .30-06 and she went 5 yards and dropped. Personally, I shoot for the spine or heart and lungs. The spine will drop them, but is often a tougher shot to make. I use 150 Barnes Boat tail TTSX in the 7 mm and 165 Nosler Partations in the .30-06. I use Barnes 150s in the .270. At the end of the day, it is more about the placement, NOT the caliber. Just my opinion.....  

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the wisdom of youth

HunterMagnum9 wrote:

I am 14 /.../ At the end of the day, it is more about the placement, NOT the caliber. Just my opinion.....  

You are wise beyond your years young man 

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if your packing a 375 h&h or

if your packing a 375 h&h or bigger your over gunned.  moose are big animals but if hit right go down with a smaller caliber.  if seen big moose taken with a 270, 308, 30-06.  I have taken a huge cow with a 338 mag and a bull with a 300 win mag.  anything in that range is plenty.  and even though i wouldn't recommend it, i know a guy that has taken quite a few with a 243.  but whatever floats your boat right?

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I asked this caliber question

I asked this caliber question of two friends that have hunted moose and been successful.

 

One opted for the 35 Whelen because that is the rifle and caliber he shoots the most and prefers. The other opted for the .270 for the same reason. Another friend has used various calibers take take a number of moose over the years and doesn't really care which rifle caliber he uses, "Whatever I happen to have handy."

From what I can tell many calibers are more than sufficient to take a moose. I'd find a caliber and bullet I like and practice. Then I'd go practice some more.

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My choice is the old reliable

My choice is the old reliable 30-06 with 180-grain A-Frame bullets.

I have great confidence in my shooting accuracy with this bolt-action Springfield.  I sighted it for 2" high at 100 yd, which gives me dead-on at 200 yd.

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