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Moose gun

Uploaded on August 25, 2011

I was looking into going on a Maine Moose hunt, I also intend on hunting black bear, and Elk at some point of time. I was wondering if the 45-70 was an adequate moose round. From what I've heard if it dosnt go down it just might kill you. Or would I be better off with a 7mm or 300?

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from 007 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I only know what a Maine moose guide said at a sport show a couple of years ago, that he preferred to see his hunters with a .444 or .45-70 over a belted magnum. That surprised me, but he's the guide, I was just listening.

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from mdpaulus wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Not sure on the .45-70 but My dads friend went to Alaska and killed a nice bull with a .300 win mag and he said the thing just dropped. I also know the .300 is a great elk rifle.

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from Moose1980 wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

I used a .338 win-mag on my Maine moose hunt last year. Worked fine. Did you get drawn in the lottery? Took me 12 years!

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from shazam wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

A friend of mine usually gets one per year (native) and shoots a .270 for the last decade or so.

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from tom donohue wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

The 450 marlin is a 45-70 beefed-up, 444 marlin and 45-70 will do just fine. good medicine for moose and griz. check out the new Hornady leverevolution ammo for these rounds. I cant wait to try the 444 one day for moose.

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from jwallen wrote 1 year 37 weeks ago

The .338 Win Mag is the standard moose round locally and if you can shoot it well it is a great elk rifle. It is a little bit of overkill for black bears but still not a bad choice. The only downside to your 45-70 is limited range. Get out beyond 200 yards and trajectory becomes an issue. The .35 Whelen is just about the perfect moose caliber and a good choice for elk and black bears without all the fuss of the belted magnums. I have taken the majority of my moose with the 30-06 and did not feel that under gunned.

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from Sarge01 wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

For the three animals that you listed I think that my 300WSM with 180 Hornady Interbonds should just be about the ideal firearm or at least that is what I would use if I was going for those three animals.

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from Josh Giannino wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

45-70 is a versital close range gun in my opinion, moose, deer, elk, bear, I'd even put enough faith in my marlin to do a brainer on an elephant with the right ammunition

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from duckdog07 wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

If you HAVE a 45-70 and can work in close it will be fine. A 338 is the hands down real world winner.Moose Elk and bears are big and best left to cartridges designed to hunt them.I know somebody's Uncle So and So killed a moose with a 243, good he was lucky it didn't run a mile and become bear bait or trample him. Bear hunting black brown or in between should be done with something on the order of a 338 as well if you wanna continue to blow out them birthday candles

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from 007 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I only know what a Maine moose guide said at a sport show a couple of years ago, that he preferred to see his hunters with a .444 or .45-70 over a belted magnum. That surprised me, but he's the guide, I was just listening.

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from mdpaulus wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Not sure on the .45-70 but My dads friend went to Alaska and killed a nice bull with a .300 win mag and he said the thing just dropped. I also know the .300 is a great elk rifle.

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from Moose1980 wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

I used a .338 win-mag on my Maine moose hunt last year. Worked fine. Did you get drawn in the lottery? Took me 12 years!

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from shazam wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

A friend of mine usually gets one per year (native) and shoots a .270 for the last decade or so.

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from tom donohue wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

The 450 marlin is a 45-70 beefed-up, 444 marlin and 45-70 will do just fine. good medicine for moose and griz. check out the new Hornady leverevolution ammo for these rounds. I cant wait to try the 444 one day for moose.

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from jwallen wrote 1 year 37 weeks ago

The .338 Win Mag is the standard moose round locally and if you can shoot it well it is a great elk rifle. It is a little bit of overkill for black bears but still not a bad choice. The only downside to your 45-70 is limited range. Get out beyond 200 yards and trajectory becomes an issue. The .35 Whelen is just about the perfect moose caliber and a good choice for elk and black bears without all the fuss of the belted magnums. I have taken the majority of my moose with the 30-06 and did not feel that under gunned.

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from Sarge01 wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

For the three animals that you listed I think that my 300WSM with 180 Hornady Interbonds should just be about the ideal firearm or at least that is what I would use if I was going for those three animals.

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from Josh Giannino wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

45-70 is a versital close range gun in my opinion, moose, deer, elk, bear, I'd even put enough faith in my marlin to do a brainer on an elephant with the right ammunition

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from duckdog07 wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

If you HAVE a 45-70 and can work in close it will be fine. A 338 is the hands down real world winner.Moose Elk and bears are big and best left to cartridges designed to hunt them.I know somebody's Uncle So and So killed a moose with a 243, good he was lucky it didn't run a mile and become bear bait or trample him. Bear hunting black brown or in between should be done with something on the order of a 338 as well if you wanna continue to blow out them birthday candles

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