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Question by IanS. Uploaded on August 02, 2009
I lived for 30 years in Alaska, and while I have not shot a moose with a 270 win - I have shot them with a 7 mm Rem Mag with 150 grain Sierra, a 30-06 Mauser with 160 grain Speer, and a 7X57 Mauser with 150 grains. For moose it's all about placing the shot. An experienced hunter waits for the right moment, and a single shot will do it nearly every time. Rarely is more than one needed by a careful hunter. I hate it when nimrods get in the woods with something like a Weatherby 300 and bang away at anything that moves. You don't need a cannon to hunt ptarmigan when a .22 cal will do. Karamojo Bell killed 1000 elephants with a 7X57.
Only moose I have killed was in AK also just outside of Delta Junction, with a 30/06, hit him just behind the ear Bang flop, about 40 yards away ( he was in my yard) sometimes it's too easy. But he fed three families, the Wife & I, and two others families out of work.
I pretty much agree with jonothon up there...I hunt moose here in Alaska every season and can confirm that, despite their size, moose arent hard to kill...I use a 30.06 with 180 gr bullets and havnt had a problem...the thing with moose is where they fall, you want to put that bull DOWN so it doesnt run off and die in some god-forbidden swamp, TRUST ME ON THAT ONE!!!...for this reason, I would go with the heaviest bullet i could find...
we have land down in delta, are you still in AK?
I have killed elk with both the 130 and 150 grain Nosler Partition bullet in the 270. They did the job, but I prefer a heavier bullet and caliber.
Kingfisher, nope I am back in KS,the wife went there to work @Ft Greely, then to Fairbanks, spent 5 years up there,then 5 years in Europe, then we both retired back here for family.
While the 270 would do the job I am with the big bore heavy bullet crowd. There is some hellacious mud and water in Alaska and you don't want the job of getting a moose out of it. The bull I shot dropped on the spot from a 250 grain Speer bullet handloaded to 2450 fps in a 350 Rem mag. Had a buddy up there that took a bison with the same caliber and 200 grain factory load.
good to hear from you moishe...
I know that del, clay cooper and a couple other have spent some time up here...just notched my 15th winter after coming up from montana...see you 'round the site...
I backed a fella up shooting a 270 150 grain for moose and it was a true BANG FLOP! Also 270 with Hornady 130 grains work fantastic on Caribou!
My cousin took a Montana moose (Shiras moose, North of Yellowstone, took 24 years to draw a tag) with a 270 using a handloaded Barnes 150gr X-Bullet. One round through the lungs and the moose fell dead a few moments later.
The questioner did not specify what species of moose he was talking about.
A Shiras Moose is not near as big as an Alaska-Yukon Moose. Either way, shot placement seems to trump raw power/bullet weight.
An old Sourdough friend of mine who homesteaded north of Talkeetna, shot a lot of moose with a .303 British, or whatever he happend to have with him at the time, 308Win, 8mm-06, shotgun with slugs.
If you already shoot a 270 at everything and are comfortable with it, load it up and go hunting. A 150 grain bullet from a 270 will kill a moose, try to take him through the lungs.
That's my two-cents worth.
Thanks alot guys. The answers were very helpful!
Agreed with Del in KS and + 1 for you sir!!!
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