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Location: Washington St.
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I drew a Washington St. moose tag this year and I'm a bow hunter and I'm going to try and harvest my moose with a bow. This is a once in a life time draw so I well take a riffle too. I have a 308 and well shoot 180 gr. bullets, I also have a 7mm-08 and can shoot 165 gr. bullets. My question well these guns work for moose or do I need a bigger one.

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Certainly many moose have been taken with a 308 and personally I wouldn't switch anything this close to the hunt. I think it is far better to take a rifle you are used to than to switch to a bigger one that takes a lot of practice and time to become accustomed to. My opinion is that it takes a good year or two to become accustomed to a rifle and I wouldn't gamble a good opportunity when you have a perfectly capable rifle already.

I'm a westerner that currently resides on the east coast and I hear this all of the time: "it's a once in a lifetime hunt and I think I should get a bigger rifle..."
I only agree with this if it is a year or two ahead of time and the person has the time and willingness to practice. Magnums are tough to learn and will be more of a handicap if a person is not willing to put a lot of time in at the range.

If it were me, I'd put all of that time and energy into learning the area which will pay far greater dividends than anything you can do. Enjoy!!!

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Location: new brunswick
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either of the calibers you currently own will ruin any moose's day provided you do your part. that being said if you want a new rifle buy one, but more important then a magnum cartridge is confidence in your abilities.
Now the golden rule of moose hunting is ANY moose that dies close to the road on the uphill side is a the perfect end to a hunt.

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Hi Richard Hixson and Welcome to BGH
I'm more interested in knowing if this is your first moose hunt, is it during the rut. are you calling, are you going alone and unexperienced, or with someone, etc
Both cals are fine, I'd prefer the 308 & 180 grainers since you asked.

I know absolutely nothing about the area you will hunt(I'm in Nova Scotia, Canada) but combining a bow hunt with a rifle entourage can be disappointing especially for a first timer.
The more info you provide the more these old BULLS will notice

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Location: Washington St.
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Hammer1 wrote:
Hi Richard Hixson and Welcome to BGH
I'm more interested in knowing if this is your first moose hunt, is it during the rut. are you calling, are you going alone and unexperienced, or with someone, etc
Both cals are fine, I'd prefer the 308 & 180 grainers since you asked.

I know absolutely nothing about the area you will hunt(I'm in Nova Scotia, Canada) but combining a bow hunt with a rifle entourage can be disappointing especially for a first timer.
The more info you provide the more these old BULLS will notice

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I've shot guns since I was very young, I have no problem head shooting a white tail at 200 yards. I have 18yrs of hunting and calling ELK. I've boned out ELK and packed them out on my back and horse back. I have never hunted or called in moose. I'm going to hunt the rut so I need to learn to call them in. I well take a month off of work for this hunt, that's why I'll start with my bow. This is a once in a lift time draw, so if my bow doesn't pan out, I'll pick up my gun. I might have a buddy with me sometimes but I'll be on my own most of the time. The Unit I drew is the best in the State and I've hunted part of it for ELK and have seen moose there. I haven't hunted that area for some time now, I use topo maps and GPS. Where the best spot to hit a moose.

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If you go back and read the Topics in Moose Section over the past year or so(not that many) you'll get an idea how many different opinions there are on something that is supposed to be so simple Big smile The Rut ,for example, doesn't start on a particular day, sometimes it doesn't even start, yup, seen it happen Now trying to get close enough to a moose with a bow might be quite difficult.
The " Moose Section" is a good place to look for opinions, so post away.

Oh Ya, the vitals of a moose are located the same as they are on a deer,dog,squirrel,rabbit. The lungs are the best shot, might even get a heart

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I'm going to post a site for moose calls in the Moose Section if ur interested

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Location: Washington St.
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Thanks for the help

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