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Hello everyone well iam just going to say My Father use to hunt Moose alot when he was alive and all he used was a 308 sav model 99c and you can get 180g for it most of he shooting was 100 to 200 yards and it would be on you depends how you fell with your gun and your shooting

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I agree with denverd0n, whatever you shoot best is what you should take. Either cartridge will be sufficient for elk.

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doesn't matter what you use as long as you put the bullet in the right place. my great uncle killed a moose with a .38spcl

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Hi all, well here's my two cents, I also prefer the 160 grain Partition at magnum velocities. That said, if you can't get anyone to load the Partition for you and you adamantly do not want to reload for youself, you might be best to stick with the 140 grain load you already have. The Aframe will hold together better than the Bal Tip and Gameking, even though it is only a 140 grain bullet. I am a hunting guide myself and my best advice is to get a load that shoots well, holds together when it hits game, then get to know how it shoots at range. The two biggest stumbling blocks my clients have are not knowing where their rifles shoot past 200 yards and the anatomy of the animals they are hunting. If you can work on these two things, you will have an extremely enjoyable and memorable hunt.
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Welcome aboadr Nathan. The stumbling block of not shooting well past 200yds probally comes from most ranges are 200yd max. Here I find few people that shoot away from ranges and those that do shoot fairly close targets with auto loading firearms. It's more like they just would rather hear the firearm go off than hit anything.

Out east of Bend, Ore there is a range with shooting up 1000yds and theres another over east of Clackamus, Ore. Probally another here and there but not many.

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Hi Don, thats so true. Most of my clients come from larger cities and do not have access to ranges that allow for longer shots.

One thing I have done for clients who are not sure of their trajectory is to take their load and run it through the Sierra Ballistics program. I then email the client with a suggested sight in height at 100 yards and provide them with the trajectory out to whatever range is applicable. I also ask the client to write down the trajectory on a small piece of card, about the size of a business card, that way they can keep it with them and keep familliarising themselves with the trajectory. We get a lot of shots over 200 yards here so knowing the trajectory, and again, game anatomy, are keys to a great hunt.

Ofcourse without an idea of true muzzle velocity or scope ring height, using ballistics software can be unreliable. I do try my best to keep aware of these issues but as long as true velocity is within 50fps of estimated velocity, the trajectory is very close.

Yes it sounds very technical, but with clients living and working in large cities, I guess its just a modern way of busting rocks out at 300 yards. I do like to get clients to empty off plenty of ammo when they get here but it all depends on time constraints of the client, etc.

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Doesn't sound like a bad idea to me. I use my cronograph to get trajectory. It has a built in computer. I did one for another guy here on his 270, think it was a 270, and another guy that had sighted his in got almost exactly what I'd given the first guy. I like to cronograph my loads that run them thru the trajectory calculator anf sight in there. Then I shoot the load at a bunch of different ranges to check it. So far it's been awfully close out to 500 yd targets. Unfortunately, sighting in alone doesn't make up for shooting at longer lange.

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