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I know that for deer the rule of thumb is 1000ft/lbs to get a clean kill. Does anyone know what it is for moose? 1500? 2000?

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throw out the rule of thumb, use common sense.

______really think about what it says: any 1,000 ft/lb load will kill a deer? no matter the size be it 90 lbs or 300, where the bullet hits, angle, and on and on. It is one of the worst fallacies the media ever came up with, and to refute it further look at the stacks of old catridges that killed deer since they were created and you'll see they are not anywhere near the golden 1,000, and any round ball shooter knows that well too. ___________
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i believe that's why its called a "rule of thumb" not the "law of lethal kinetic energy". I know that even the .22 can be used effectively to kill deer - as long as you measure your shots in feet and not yards.

My dilemna is that admittedly I know very little about moose hunting; and have heard several calibres that I know people have used succesfully for moose listed as being under-gunned especially the .308 and .270. This suprised me.

I was wondering if there was such a guideline. I'll be a little more specific - since I've seen a similar post regarding elk rifles: what is the minimum cartridge for moose hunting capable of cleanly killing a moose at 100yds.

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Saskie, you may want to start a new thread for this:

what is the minimum cartridge for moose hunting

since it may be more likely to get noticed.

Just a suggestion.

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I think elk and moose fall in the same cartridge category. Look at the elk discussion and it will easily apply to your moose question. I would have no problem hunting moose with a 270. I wouldn't with the 308, just because I personally don't like the calibre, not that it wouldn't do the job.

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Actually, I have shot 7 moose of various sizes all with .308 using an 180gr Nosler Partition. Six were clean profile lung shots: they walked 50yrds then droped. The 7th was a diagonal from behind liver/lung shot, he dropped on the spot. There isn't that big of a difference in the energy of a .308 and a .30-06 using an 180gr bullet...PC

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