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The Firing Line

Best Moose Rifle

Uploaded on April 27, 2009

Ok, we have discussed the rifle of choice for Elk, now let talk about Moose! Since I will planning a hunt for one of these big animals soon, I would like to hear how some of you hunters out there have taken them; the caliber, the rifle, and whatever helpful advice you can spare.
I will be taking my Rem-M700 in .35 Whelen with handloaded Barnes TSX bullets as "Moose medicine". What say you about this rig?

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 50 weeks ago

Sounds like a winner to me.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 50 weeks ago

Nothing smaller than a 30-06 that you can shoot "MOP" is the best Moose rifle!

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 50 weeks ago

Never shot a moose, but the .35 Whelen has put more than a few elk on my meatpole. From what I read and see on TV, moose don't appear to be as tough to kill as an elk for some reason. But then again, elk don't usually find a pond or swamp to go die in! I once heard that the best way to kill a moose is close to the road when you have a front end loader!

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from shane wrote 4 years 50 weeks ago

This is probably what I would take if not a big bore lever gun. Great choice.

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from safari_maniac wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

I took my Rem 700 in .338 RUM shooting Federal Premium 225g Nossler Accubond on my last moose hunt and dropped a bull in it's tracks at over 225 yards with one shot. It's a great set-up for shooting hard, flat, and fast and I would recommend it for most anything larger than a white-tail.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

338 Win Mag

Been dar and dun dat!

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from Lmwinery wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

Have shot 5 moose with the 35 Whelen. My friend has shot 5 with the 350 Mag. All with 225 grain partitions. They worked very well. All but one of the 10 was a one shot kill. Ranges were from 15 yards to 400. The Whelen is THE most under rated cartridge out there. It will serve you admirably

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

I think my 300 WSM with 180 grain Hornady Interbonds or my 338 Federal with 200 or 225 grain Hornady Interlocks would make a fine moose round.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

Our favorite feller will log in and tell us about a moose some kid dropped in his tracks with a 180 Core Lokt .30/06 here pretty soon...

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from 007 wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

No first hand experience but I talked to a Maine moose guide at the Harrisburg, Pa. sport show a few years back and he said he favored the .444 Marlin, .45-70, .450 Marlin calibers.

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

Great choice in the .35 Whelen and a great bullet to boot. Good luck... you won't have to worry about your rifle being adequate. The trick will be hitting it in the vitals as with any of the cartridges mentioned.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

The more testosterone the bigger the rifle, right WAMBO!

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

That's right, Clay! The less testosterone the smaller the wee wee. LOL

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

Personally, I prefer my Bow!

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from WillL wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

WAM, it's funny that you say that because it's exactly what I am going to say. My dad and I went on a double moose hunt two years ago, both of us shooting 180 gr Core-Lokt, through 30-06. I was using a 7600, he was using a 700. I shot mine at 60 yards, and my dad shot hit at 167 yds. My dads moose ran 70 yards from where he was, and ended up dead 65 yds from the road. I think for the majority of moose hunts, this is a good setup. If you don't think it is enough, the .35 should do well, or a 210 gr through the '06 would treat you pretty well also.

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from Matt .300 wrote 2 years 12 weeks ago

I shot a moose this year with my 300 weatherby with 180 grain barns tsx at 412 yrds she ran about 10 feet and that was the end, When I was cleaning her I occurred to me that she had no heart. ( what ever gun you are comfortable shooting and are able to make clean shots Is the best moose gun).

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from cmh21 wrote 1 year 48 weeks ago

I shot my first moose with a .300WSM with 180gr. Federal fusions from about 110 yards. He went down only 20 feet after the first shot, shot twice just to make sure he didn't run for the black spruce swamp. Recovered the bullet between the hide and muscle on opposite side, and it held together well. Shot my second with a .308 Winchester with 180gr, (sold the .300WSM did not like the safety but the caliber is excellent). At about 10 yards. Now I have a .375 Ruger that I call my moose gun, haven't had the chance to use it on any moose yet. The .300 magnums are a fine choice, it is such a rush when a 1000 lb. Plus animal comes trotting towards you looking for a mate you will soon forget about recoil. The real work begins when the moose is on the ground.

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from jr9893 wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

I don't see why it wouldn't work since the bullet is heavy enough to get good penetration.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 50 weeks ago

Never shot a moose, but the .35 Whelen has put more than a few elk on my meatpole. From what I read and see on TV, moose don't appear to be as tough to kill as an elk for some reason. But then again, elk don't usually find a pond or swamp to go die in! I once heard that the best way to kill a moose is close to the road when you have a front end loader!

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from shane wrote 4 years 50 weeks ago

This is probably what I would take if not a big bore lever gun. Great choice.

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from 007 wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

No first hand experience but I talked to a Maine moose guide at the Harrisburg, Pa. sport show a few years back and he said he favored the .444 Marlin, .45-70, .450 Marlin calibers.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 50 weeks ago

Sounds like a winner to me.

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from Lmwinery wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

Have shot 5 moose with the 35 Whelen. My friend has shot 5 with the 350 Mag. All with 225 grain partitions. They worked very well. All but one of the 10 was a one shot kill. Ranges were from 15 yards to 400. The Whelen is THE most under rated cartridge out there. It will serve you admirably

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

Our favorite feller will log in and tell us about a moose some kid dropped in his tracks with a 180 Core Lokt .30/06 here pretty soon...

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 50 weeks ago

Nothing smaller than a 30-06 that you can shoot "MOP" is the best Moose rifle!

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from safari_maniac wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

I took my Rem 700 in .338 RUM shooting Federal Premium 225g Nossler Accubond on my last moose hunt and dropped a bull in it's tracks at over 225 yards with one shot. It's a great set-up for shooting hard, flat, and fast and I would recommend it for most anything larger than a white-tail.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

338 Win Mag

Been dar and dun dat!

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

I think my 300 WSM with 180 grain Hornady Interbonds or my 338 Federal with 200 or 225 grain Hornady Interlocks would make a fine moose round.

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

Great choice in the .35 Whelen and a great bullet to boot. Good luck... you won't have to worry about your rifle being adequate. The trick will be hitting it in the vitals as with any of the cartridges mentioned.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

The more testosterone the bigger the rifle, right WAMBO!

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

That's right, Clay! The less testosterone the smaller the wee wee. LOL

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

Personally, I prefer my Bow!

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from WillL wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

WAM, it's funny that you say that because it's exactly what I am going to say. My dad and I went on a double moose hunt two years ago, both of us shooting 180 gr Core-Lokt, through 30-06. I was using a 7600, he was using a 700. I shot mine at 60 yards, and my dad shot hit at 167 yds. My dads moose ran 70 yards from where he was, and ended up dead 65 yds from the road. I think for the majority of moose hunts, this is a good setup. If you don't think it is enough, the .35 should do well, or a 210 gr through the '06 would treat you pretty well also.

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from Matt .300 wrote 2 years 12 weeks ago

I shot a moose this year with my 300 weatherby with 180 grain barns tsx at 412 yrds she ran about 10 feet and that was the end, When I was cleaning her I occurred to me that she had no heart. ( what ever gun you are comfortable shooting and are able to make clean shots Is the best moose gun).

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from cmh21 wrote 1 year 48 weeks ago

I shot my first moose with a .300WSM with 180gr. Federal fusions from about 110 yards. He went down only 20 feet after the first shot, shot twice just to make sure he didn't run for the black spruce swamp. Recovered the bullet between the hide and muscle on opposite side, and it held together well. Shot my second with a .308 Winchester with 180gr, (sold the .300WSM did not like the safety but the caliber is excellent). At about 10 yards. Now I have a .375 Ruger that I call my moose gun, haven't had the chance to use it on any moose yet. The .300 magnums are a fine choice, it is such a rush when a 1000 lb. Plus animal comes trotting towards you looking for a mate you will soon forget about recoil. The real work begins when the moose is on the ground.

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from jr9893 wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

I don't see why it wouldn't work since the bullet is heavy enough to get good penetration.

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