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In NS moose tags are almost as hard to get as winning the lottery (at best once every 5yrs). I'm looking to purchase a new deer rifle, but want it to capable of handling a moose if I get drawn (ha ha ha).

Does anyone have any thoughts on how well a 7mm08 or 270 would handle a moose.

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saskie - I'm sure this will turn into a big ol discussion, but I always have liked the .30-06

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Not much argument either way - I expected to get a lot of reccomendations for the 06. Our neighbour had one - I fired it a couple times shooting cows we butchered...I just never "felt" right. Not much to base an opinion on true, but I don't want to fork over 700 to find out that my opinion hasn't changed. The other calibre that I'm ruling out is the .303 Brit. Had one and never really liked it.

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WOW somebody eles with a 303 brit :smile: It was my first deer rifle. I'd go 30.06 my daughter shoots and shoots well a 7mm-08 and has taken everything from antelope to elk with it but I feel its a little light for moose. We had this very conversation yesterday at the range. Everybody knows where that went shot placement verse size and power. Good luck on your quest for the perfect rifle.

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The 303 was my first rifle too. A neighbour had an old one that the sights had been knocked off so he gave it to me free. I mounted a cheap tasco scope on it and used it for years until I left home.

I had a real love-hate relationship with that rifle: I loved that I had it, and hated using it. The first time I fired it (which was also the forst time that I fired anything larger than a .22) my ears rang for an hour and it was a week before I could move my shoulder without pain again. Can you say FLINCH!?!?

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I still have mine and also have a tasco 4x scope on it. And I do understand that love hate thing. I do know why England needed our help to win the war. :smile:

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Those of us from Canada just say that when it comes to war, you guys know how to pick a winner. After all, you've won every war you fought when we were on your side. LOL

Of course the first time that we picked our own rifle for our army it was even worse! The Ross Rifle - .303 cal, lovely tack-driving target rifle but totally useless for anything else. Our guys would throw them away for Lee Enfields from dead British troops. Eventually the govt gave in and issued Lee Enfields. Some things never change unfortunately - sigh.

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My brother-in-law got a respectable Newfoundland bull with a .270 a few years ago. It worked fine and with all the new premium bullets and light magnum ammo around you should be able to find something to make it more appropriate for moose. I got my VT bull with my old .300 Savage using Remington 180 gr. CoreLokts (round nose). Have you considered a .308 Winchester? It's a great deer round and should be more than adequate for the 'occasional' moose. Good luck in drawing a tag; I've got to wait three years before I can even apply again.

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A friend of mine son killed a moose with a 7mm08 just this past fall.
A lot of moose are killed here in this state with a 270.
All the 270 is a .06 necked down

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saskie – Hope this helps. I harvested a moose from 130 yards with a 7mm Remington Magnum using 140-grain ballistic silvertip ammunition, took only one shot. The moose walked approximately 15 feet then dropped. In general most hunters neglect to say how many discharged rounds are in the animal. It is key that the placement of the shot is in the optimum kill zone.

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Thanks for all the input and advice. I decided against the 7mm and went with the 308 to be safe. Actually it was mostly because 7m08 ammo isn't very common around here and 308 is sold everywhere.

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