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OK you moose hunters, time to help out a greenhorn.  Using a 30-06 shooting factory loads of 180 grain Barnes TSX bullets in a bolt action rifle scoped with a 2X7 variable and sighted in for 200 yards at aproximately 5300 ft above sea level, where is the best place to shoot a moose?

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Moose are just like any other

Moose are just like any other big game animal.  That is unless they are standing in a few feet of water, do you want to start to play around with a 1200 pound animal there?  If they are away from the water a double lung shot will do quite nicely.  If they are near a pond I would believe that a shoulder shot to break it and put him down would be a better shot.  From what I have read moose have a tendency to walk a ways after they are shot no matter where you shoot them at. 

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Keep Shooting!!!

As Critter pointed out the vitals are in the same place on a moose as they are on a deer. The good news is that they're much larger. Moose are tough, but not invincible. The only advice I can offer from talking with seasoned old-timers around home is that as long as he's on his feet and you have a good shot (meaning one you can make); keep shooting. Don't worry about wasting meat, you'll still end up with more than enough even with four bullet holes. This is a 1200lb animal not some "scrawny" little white tail.

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good choice

You have made an excellent choice of cartrdige and bullet for your moose hunt and you have already rceeived good advice above.  Double lung works well but not necessarily quickly.  Heart is the same.  Brain shots kill and do so instantly but I wouldn't want to risk damaging my trophy moose antlers with a headshot.  Moose tags are hard to come by from anywhere except Alaska.

Where do you plan your moose hunt?  Can you share details with us so that we can dream along vicariously with you? 

Good hunting! And let us know how you make out.  

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i agree that when facing

i agree that when facing extremely large game, i go for the head shot, if it's a viable choice. the neck at the base of the skull is my target and to date, i've failed zero times at putting the animal down instantly.

but with a double lung/ heart shot, you're going to have no problems with your 06. if you shoot a fast expanding bullet, you could switch to a 150 gr bullet, and likely the sharpnal from the bullet exploding on impact will do so much damage to the lungs, the moose won't go far. i've seen it happen several times with nosler ballistic tips (the exploding on contact part) and they don't travel after thier lungs are destroyed. these were large Alaskan bulls as well maybe close to 1500 pounds.

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We have never had a moose run

We have never had a moose run over 70 yrds after being hit, and our group has shot them with just about anything one can imagine.But after shooting or helping with many moose kills the one thing one must remember the best place to shoot a moose is, somewhere you can drive up to it.

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The voice of experience!

aaalaska wrote:

We have never had a moose run over 70 yrds after being hit, and our group has shot them with just about anything one can imagine.But after shooting or helping with many moose kills the one thing one must remember the best place to shoot a moose is, somewhere you can drive up to it.

Alex

 

Alex -

 

That right there is the voice of experince speaking!  When I hunted Alaska - we had a chance to shoot a bull about a thousand yards from the river our boat was on.  My local guide absolutely refused to shoot him.  He was too far to carry back to the boat!  I would have shot him but his antlers made him legal for a resident but illegal for me since I was a non-resident hunter.  Locals could shoot any bull.  Non-residents needed a 50+ inch antler spread or 3 brow times on a side.

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I've shot two Montana Shiras

I've shot two Montana Shiras bulls, and I took a friend who shot, at the time, the 4th highest B&C scoring moose in Montana.  I shot both of mine with my .30 Gibbs shooting 180 gr Nosler Partition bullets.  Larry shot his with his 7mm Rem mag.  All were shot in the crease behind the shoulder at less than 100 yds, were one shot kills, and none ran over 30-40 yds after being shot. 

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Shot Location or Bullet Placement

Head shots are not in my list of choices when shooting at big game animals & I think I'll stick with heavy for caliber (ok, medium heavy) stoutly constructed bullets (sorry, no ballistic tips).  If I had a second choice of caliber/bullet I think I'd go for a 35 Whelen & 225 or 250 gr partitions.

No tag as yet.  I've tried for non-resident tags in Id & UT but so far without success.  Canadian or Alaskan hunts will come after I pick the right lotto ticket numbers, or so it seems.

The question was brought up after I re-read an old article on moose hunting in Canada.  The guide was asked pretty much the same question, perhaps without the details on the gun/load.  After answering he admitted he'd been waiting for that question for years.  His response to the best place to shoot a moose was as close to a backhoe as possible.

So, I guess Alex hard kinda the answer I was looking for. 

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Not invincible but...

Like I said they're not invincible animals, and well hit moose should drop quickly. That being said I known lots of well-hit moose to run for a couple hundred yards too. For every ying there's a yang. There's a lot of factors which can play into it: was he all fired up and pumping adrenaline/testosterone coming into a cow call? Did he just take a breath and has plenty of O2 in his bloodstream? Did his system kick into overdrive at the sound of the shot? If so unless you break a major shoulder bone or interrupt their central nervous system; either through a head shot or spine/base of neck shot they can go a long way even on a double lung; farther on a single lung...Then again if he was standing peacefully? he probably won't go far.

The same thing is true of deer, except with a 250lb deer the consequences of them running a couple hundred yards isn't as great as it is with a 1200lb bull moose.

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As close to vehicle access as

As close to vehicle access as possible ideally on the up hill side.

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