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Moose with a muzzleloader

I was looking for some insight from someone who has actually taken a moose with a muzzleloader. I would like to know what kind of rifle you were shooting, powder type and load, bullet type and weight, distance of shot, where hit, how far did it go, etc. I drew a Colorado muzzleloader bull moose tag this year and I have a 50 cal T/C Hawken. We cannot use sabots, pelletized powder, or scopes here in CO, but I plan to use about 100 gr FFG Triple Seven with 370 gr T/C Maxi's and am wondering how that compares or any other advice from to someone who has already taken a moose. Thanks in advance

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I haven't heard of too many

I haven't heard of too many hunters taking a moose with a muzzle loader.  However I would bet that any load that you have used for a elk would suffice for a moose.

As for shooting a elk with a muzzle loader I have been quite successful with my Thompson Center Renegade .54 shooting a 430 grain maxi ball with 90 grains of Pyrodex. 

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No clue as to your question,

No clue as to your question, but I gotta say, anyone who draws a moose tag in Colorado deserves a congratulations!!!!!  Very nice, keep us updated throughout the fall!!!

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http://www.huntingnet.com/for

http://www.huntingnet.com/forum/big-game-hunting/366843-moose-muzzleloader.html

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I applied for the

I applied for the muzzleloader moose there in Colorado as well.  Would love to hear how your hunt goes!  Please keep us posted

I have not shot a moose with a muzzleloader but I have shot three moose, one in the Yukon and two Shiras, all were shot with a .270 with a rifle.  My dad shot two moose as well with a .270.  I've also killed eight elk.  An elk is a far, far tougher critter then a moose in my experience.  I bet you can find guys who have shot elk with a muzzleloader there in Colorado and any load that is adequate for elk will be great for moose.  Just limit your shot because muzzleloader bullets tend to shed energy at longer ranges.

If you want a more aerodynamic bullet that will retain energy better then the T/C/ Maxi's look at the Ultimate 1's from Precision Rifle.  Go to www.prbullet.com  They probably have the best selection of all lead conicals available.  If you call them, Cecil the owner will probably answer and he will give you a recommendation for a load for moose.

If you have already worked up a load you like with the T/C Maxis, I'd just stick with it, and get within 100-125 yards for your shot.

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I posted the best bullet for

I posted the best bullet for Colorado in the other forum. Did you look at the link?

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No Excuse bullets

Thanks for the suggestions on bullets.  Someone else showed me these bullets made in Utah that I went ahead and ordered 2 boxes .  So as soon as they come in I will shoot them with some different power loads and compare it to the T/C Maxi's.  Here is what he sent me:

There are some conicals for a .50 caliber out there that do shoot well out of a 1-48 twist and you don't need to over power the load. I shoot a 460 grain conical bullet. No Excuses out of Roy Utah sells them. He also sells 495 grain. As many can tell you, a heavy conical bullet even with a moderate powder charge will penetrate, expand and kill game.

This was a chunk of very solid popular fire wood. With only 65 grains of 2f Triple Seven, a 460 grain conical penetrated 8 inches. Now granted a moose is very solid, but so is popular wood.
 
This is that conical removed from the wood. Notice it retained its weight, even though the conical is pure lead. Also the expansion is very impressive. If you drill a hole that size through a moose's heart, I guarantee that moose will die.
 
I have shot them out of my 1-48 twist T/C Renegade .50 caliber with 80 grains of Triple Seven 2f. The accuracy out to 50 yards (as far as I tried them) was exceptional.
 

 

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Nothing wrong with the No

Nothing wrong with the No Excuse bullets. They'll flatten any moose out there.

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