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Postby Wooderson » Tue Nov 21, 2006 9:21 pm

I'm lookin at buyin a new rifle this season. I already have a 30-30 fo deer but i want somethin that i can go moose hunting with as well. Any suggestions on what i should get. I was looking into either a 270 or a 30-06?
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Postby pennsyltucky » Wed Nov 22, 2006 6:36 am

i think a 30cal should be about minimun for a moose. and a 30 magnum of any kind should do well. but a true moose gun would be in the 338 and up range. if u like the 30-30, go with a 450marlin, or 45-70 or even a 444. a 50-100 would be a pretty good stopper. but much less available.


a 340 weatherby would be my purchase.
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Postby Michigan » Wed Nov 22, 2006 11:06 am

IMO the 30-06. There are a variety of different bullet weights and types that you can play around with and the ammo is pretty much readily available wherever you happen to be at that moment when you realize you forgot the bag with your ammo in it.
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Postby jjohnson_714 » Wed Nov 22, 2006 11:19 am

im a sucker for the 7mm mag. it'll kill anything in north america. even though that new .325 wsm looks pretty tempting too for larger game.
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Postby doane25 » Fri Nov 24, 2006 7:18 pm

jjohnson_714 wrote:im a sucker for the 7mm mag. it'll kill anything in north america. even though that new .325 wsm looks pretty tempting too for larger game.


good call. but a T3 in a 338 Fedral would be my fav pick.
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Postby apexhunter » Mon Nov 27, 2006 5:39 pm

The WSM is a GREAT round (actually all of them are in the correct caliber for the game). I've got a 270 WSM and am putting a 25WSSM through it's paces on NC whitetail...so far so good.

For moose size, I'd try the 325WSM or the new Federal round (similar concept to the WSM) would be a good choice..just don't forget the ammo as some out of the way places won't stock it (as Michigan warned).
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Postby yellowlab » Mon Nov 27, 2006 9:22 pm

jjohnson_714 wrote:im a sucker for the 7mm mag. it'll kill anything in north america.


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Postby A-Bomb » Sun Dec 17, 2006 8:50 pm

id go with the .300 WSM...GREAT CAL. :yes:
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Postby danhuntsducks » Tue Dec 19, 2006 5:28 pm

The 30-06 is an awfully good choice due to the large choice of bullets,if you reload it gets even better. whatever you choose put it in the boiler room and make meat!
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Postby Smilin' Mallard » Tue Mar 27, 2007 4:02 pm

The .30-06 is a good round. I have a 7 mag for my cannon, though my .308 or my old .257 Roberts are my favorites. Last 10 years since I won it at a gun show door prize, my Remington stainless M7 in .308, it's about the only one I've taken to the stand. I've killed hog, coyote, and deer with it so far. It's a great all around gun for my uses, light, handy in the blind, 1 MOA accuate, and military surplus brass is cheap on the Midway site (I reload all my rifles and handguns). It's a sweet shootin' gun and, frankly, will kill anything I'll ever hunt. Not sure it'd be the best choice for a moose, might rather use my big 7 with Nosler 160 partitions, but it'd do the job, I think, inside 200 yards with my Barnes X loads. Of all my guns, of course, that old .257 has killed the most deer, but it's light for anything bigger. I shot my first deer at age 11 with it, my grandpa's old M722 Remington short action. I load it to near .25-06 ballistics and it's a handy little gun and makes a good long range varmint gun, too.

I guess exterior ballistics and effectiveness of medium sized "deer" rifles is the most debated subject in the history of the gun world, but when you get right down to it, most calibers are quite similar. The .30-06 isn't quite as flat shooting as the 7 mag, doesn't have the velocity or energy of the 7, but I don't think the Moose is gonna know the difference at any reasonable hunting range, inside 300 yards. Hit him with an appropriate bullet in the right place with either and you got moose steaks for a while. The .300 mag shoots harder yet, but a moose can only be killed so dead. Dead is dead.
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