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What is the Perfect Rifle for a moose? Suggestions? .308, 30/06?

Question by 8 pointer. Uploaded on February 05, 2012

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from Greenhead wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

The perfect rifle for moose is the rifle of .30 caliber or better that you have confidence in and shoot well.

If you are looking for a caliber, consider the following: moose tend to be a shot range shot, so you don't need a flat shooting super magnum. They are big bodied animals, however, so you do need a bullet of sufficient diameter (.30 or better) and of sturdy construction. Thinly jacketed deer bullets need not apply. Think Failsafe, Barnes, Trophy bonded, etc.

If you are asking about particular models of rifles, it doesn't make a lick of difference. Buy whatever you like and shoot well. Because you will likely be close to your quarry when you shoot, any production rifle will be plenty accurate. 2 MOA will still be well withing a moose's vitals at 100 yards, or even 200 for that matter. You will likely be in the presence of a great deal of water, and for that reason my prefer a stainless/synthetic rifle, but otherwise anything that tickles your fancy will do the trick.

Buy a rifle you like in a .30 or better caliber and enjoy your hunt. I have never met a moose who could tell the difference between a .308 and a .30-06, or a Kimber or a Savage.

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from deerhunterrick wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

Greenhead states a pretty good case. It would also depend on wher you are hunting. The 30/06 would give you a slight edge with bullet weights. 300 win mag,300WSM, 7mm,338 or even the 45/70 in brush or close quarters undr 100 yards. Maybe there is no such thing as the perfect rifle caliber forsea. 1 rifle under all conditions would be the 1 that best fits and shoots under those conditions or is adaptable to them. 30/06 is pretty hard to beat with even a big stick when feed the right ammo. But that can be said of any weapon when applied right.

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from Treestand wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

I hunted Moose with a guide in Canada he carried a Savage M/99-308 with more then 40+Moose to his Count,
I used a Remington M/700-7mm-08 140Gr Rem-Core-Lokt
that Counted for my two....Most locals use 30/30s or
303British. The 308-30/06 are fine Picks for all around Hunting.

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

Either would do well with the right bullet (.308/.30/06) although not my first choice. Of the two, I'd lean toward .30/06 180-220 grain bullets.

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from hunt_fish_sleep wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

I would say keep moving up the .30 caliber ladder to .300 Win Mag. 200 grain Trophy Bonded Bear Claws would do fine.

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from Storm Hall wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

with a well placed shot either one will kill a good size bull moose depends on what you are the most confident shooting

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from jamesti wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

i like my weatherby in .300 win mag.

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from 8 pointer wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

Thanks everyone for the pointers, I appreciate it! Ya my buddy say's a .308 is best but i'm swaying more towards a 30/06 or maybe.300 Thanks again!

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago

Treestand brings a very valid point, although he may not know it. Moose are not that hard to kill, they are just big and a smaller caliber with a bullet placed properly will dispatch one very well, but only after he has gone a distance.
That is what guides don't want and advise clients to use a caliber that will knock the bejeezus out of them and drop them in their tracks. It is no fun quartering a 1800 pound bull in knee deep, icy water.

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from Derek Nippard wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

My brother and me (hailing from Newfoundland Canada) both previously hunted with British .303's but now are upgrading to .300 win mags. My brother got a savage and I'm picking up the Remington 700 SPS DM. We are avid users of the Remington Cor-Lok 180 grains but I just discovered the Barnes 180 grain Vor-Tx tipped triple shock bullets...seen some big game kill shots and fell in love. now to convince my brother lol.

So in my option use a .300 with the Barnes vor-tx line...as long as you can shoot straight you'll kill your game quickly(1 shot kills) and minimize the chance of loosing wounded game in the brush when they run off. I like the previous comments but the smaller calibers should be kept for smaller game like deer etc.

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from pcspecht wrote 39 weeks 1 day ago

.300 or .338 WBM in general but I have had a great deal of success with my .223 Tika Whitetail too. Three of the last seven were taken with the .223. 75gr btsp by Blackhills. All three shots were either broadside or head just away. Optics: 3x9:40 multi plex retical, by Burris. All shots were taken using support. All three shots were 82 meters or less. Two shots were thru the ear, brain, one shot kills. The third was off by several inches and hit the spine behind the ear at the base of the skull.
.300 or .338 is a bit more reassuring . . . . .

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from deerhunterrick wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

Greenhead states a pretty good case. It would also depend on wher you are hunting. The 30/06 would give you a slight edge with bullet weights. 300 win mag,300WSM, 7mm,338 or even the 45/70 in brush or close quarters undr 100 yards. Maybe there is no such thing as the perfect rifle caliber forsea. 1 rifle under all conditions would be the 1 that best fits and shoots under those conditions or is adaptable to them. 30/06 is pretty hard to beat with even a big stick when feed the right ammo. But that can be said of any weapon when applied right.

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from Greenhead wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

The perfect rifle for moose is the rifle of .30 caliber or better that you have confidence in and shoot well.

If you are looking for a caliber, consider the following: moose tend to be a shot range shot, so you don't need a flat shooting super magnum. They are big bodied animals, however, so you do need a bullet of sufficient diameter (.30 or better) and of sturdy construction. Thinly jacketed deer bullets need not apply. Think Failsafe, Barnes, Trophy bonded, etc.

If you are asking about particular models of rifles, it doesn't make a lick of difference. Buy whatever you like and shoot well. Because you will likely be close to your quarry when you shoot, any production rifle will be plenty accurate. 2 MOA will still be well withing a moose's vitals at 100 yards, or even 200 for that matter. You will likely be in the presence of a great deal of water, and for that reason my prefer a stainless/synthetic rifle, but otherwise anything that tickles your fancy will do the trick.

Buy a rifle you like in a .30 or better caliber and enjoy your hunt. I have never met a moose who could tell the difference between a .308 and a .30-06, or a Kimber or a Savage.

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from Treestand wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

I hunted Moose with a guide in Canada he carried a Savage M/99-308 with more then 40+Moose to his Count,
I used a Remington M/700-7mm-08 140Gr Rem-Core-Lokt
that Counted for my two....Most locals use 30/30s or
303British. The 308-30/06 are fine Picks for all around Hunting.

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

Either would do well with the right bullet (.308/.30/06) although not my first choice. Of the two, I'd lean toward .30/06 180-220 grain bullets.

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from jamesti wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

i like my weatherby in .300 win mag.

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago

Treestand brings a very valid point, although he may not know it. Moose are not that hard to kill, they are just big and a smaller caliber with a bullet placed properly will dispatch one very well, but only after he has gone a distance.
That is what guides don't want and advise clients to use a caliber that will knock the bejeezus out of them and drop them in their tracks. It is no fun quartering a 1800 pound bull in knee deep, icy water.

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from hunt_fish_sleep wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

I would say keep moving up the .30 caliber ladder to .300 Win Mag. 200 grain Trophy Bonded Bear Claws would do fine.

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from Storm Hall wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

with a well placed shot either one will kill a good size bull moose depends on what you are the most confident shooting

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from 8 pointer wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

Thanks everyone for the pointers, I appreciate it! Ya my buddy say's a .308 is best but i'm swaying more towards a 30/06 or maybe.300 Thanks again!

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from Derek Nippard wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

My brother and me (hailing from Newfoundland Canada) both previously hunted with British .303's but now are upgrading to .300 win mags. My brother got a savage and I'm picking up the Remington 700 SPS DM. We are avid users of the Remington Cor-Lok 180 grains but I just discovered the Barnes 180 grain Vor-Tx tipped triple shock bullets...seen some big game kill shots and fell in love. now to convince my brother lol.

So in my option use a .300 with the Barnes vor-tx line...as long as you can shoot straight you'll kill your game quickly(1 shot kills) and minimize the chance of loosing wounded game in the brush when they run off. I like the previous comments but the smaller calibers should be kept for smaller game like deer etc.

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from pcspecht wrote 39 weeks 1 day ago

.300 or .338 WBM in general but I have had a great deal of success with my .223 Tika Whitetail too. Three of the last seven were taken with the .223. 75gr btsp by Blackhills. All three shots were either broadside or head just away. Optics: 3x9:40 multi plex retical, by Burris. All shots were taken using support. All three shots were 82 meters or less. Two shots were thru the ear, brain, one shot kills. The third was off by several inches and hit the spine behind the ear at the base of the skull.
.300 or .338 is a bit more reassuring . . . . .

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