WANTED: Moose Gun!

Going Moose hunting in October and thinking of upgrading my rifle to fill the void. I'm thinking something in 30/06 or bigger. Looking for something of quality but not breaking the bank. I may have some trades if that helps. My trades are nothing special but I may be able to put something together.
WANTED: OLD FISHING LURES
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  • BillatstarbriteBillatstarbrite Posts: 520 Officer
    Moose get reaaaaaaallllllllll big. I'd go with a lot more than a 30-06. Just sayin'
  • Captjohn5150Captjohn5150 Posts: 1,698 Captain
    .444, .450, 45/70, .338 lap, any 50 cal or anti aircraft round....
    For the love of all outdoors recreational activities....what my spelling is off, that will learn ya. Pimping ain't easy unless u went to FSU, its a BS course.
    What do u get when you can connect the dots, color inside the lines, and get your release papers.....sentence served, times up at Felon sentenced university.
    Floridas first woman's college.
    The only difference between FSU and all the other colleges are other colleges accept you into the university's. At FSU you are taken into custody.
  • 218cc218cc Posts: 28 Greenhorn
    30 / 06 is my favorite for moose, get good optics and practice where are you going? probably will not be a long shot....

    Moose meat is a little sweeter meat than store beef, it is very good! You will cry when out of the burger grind!


    (save a few roasts, put in crock pot with 1 cup Italian dressing, cook 5 hrs (+- a few hours depending on beer supply), shred meat put on wheat bun, and a bit of coleslaw)
  • AllenRAllenR Posts: 2,702 Captain
    Moose get reaaaaaaallllllllll big. I'd go with a lot more than a 30-06. Just sayin'
    WHY?
  • jimmie2dogjimmie2dog Posts: 127 Deckhand
    I would hire a native guide if possible.
    He will eliminate 99.9% of the hunting area and show you the popular trails.
    Ive done alot of wilderness canoeing in Minnesota and Ontario and you'll find that an area with moose has trails from feeding (marsh) areas to wide open water beaches where they drink or swim from spot to spot on a lake. They seem unaware that they are hunted so its a bit like shooting the farmers cow when and if you get a shot. The ***** is after you shoot it. 4/6/8 hrs of wilderness quartering and hauling the beast while being feasted on by horseflies and mosquitoes isn't fun for anyone. And once the sun sets clouds of noseems. Best to have 4 to 6 people to help.

    I had access to a 338 winmag. What a cannon that was.
    30/06 with a 180 grain is plenty
    One guide I talked to had a rusty WW2 30.30 and when I asked him how he got any accuracy he said he never took a shot over 10 yards and would shoot out a knee.

    Where are You hunting out of?

    Rule 1 for moose hunting is only shoot a moose on solid ground.
  • ProFISHentProFISHent Posts: 731 Officer
    .300 win mag Browning X bolt for sale. Been used VERY lightly and always taken care of. Has some scuffs on the stock from riding between armrest and console in the trick but shoots like a dream. email me at [email protected] for a couple pictures. Dont really have a price as I wasnt planning on selling it but I have a 7mm mag, a 308, and another 300 win mag that I use primarily.
  • Fly HookerFly Hooker Posts: 4,199 Captain
    A 30-06 is all you need!!
  • BillatstarbriteBillatstarbrite Posts: 520 Officer
    Use what works for you. For me, bigger is better since I do not want a pissed off Wyoming moose hunting me down. Bang, thud, done.
    If a 30-06 works for you, go for it.
  • Mr-OrenoMr-Oreno Posts: 196 Deckhand
    Hi Guys...

    218cc - Moose Meat is AWESOME!!

    Jimmie2dog - No guide needed as we go to the same area every year for fishing. We know the area fairly well and have seen Moose all over the place. The guys that I am going with are pretty hard core hunters so not worried about that at all. No bugs in the middle of October, more worried about snow as we are in zone 2. Laest year when camping we woke up to a inch of frsh snow that took another 2 days to melt off. It was freaking cold and that was the last week of September. We will be in tents and driving/walking the logging roads and clear cuts.

    ProFISHent - Interested in what you have but need some options. I shot the .300 Mag before and my shoulder still hurts!!!
    WANTED: OLD FISHING LURES
  • badbullgatorbadbullgator Posts: 1,571 Captain
    I have taken three, one with a .308 and the other two with 30-06. Longest shot was 95 yards and the shortest was 30.
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  • nofishtodaynofishtoday Posts: 1,194 Officer
    I have a savage 30-06
    a good straight shooting rifle
    Put a good scope on it and you have all you need

    It's an older wood stock no accu trigger
    I would rate it 85%

    PM if your intrested
  • FCHCFCHC Posts: 207 Officer
    Do you already own a rifle? if so what are the calibers? Shot placement and bullet construction are more important than bullet velocity or diameter. i apply for Vermont Moose Tags and when i do finally get drawn i will be using my Marlin 336 35 rem with 200 grain Cast Boolits. it will go completely through a moose at 1800 - 2000 fps. A Cast Boolit will out penetrate almost all Jacketed bullets.

    If you already own a 30 caliber or larger rifle just change your load for something more suitable for a 600-800# animal. Cast, Partition, Accubond, Barnes, Trophy Bonded, etc
  • Captjohn5150Captjohn5150 Posts: 1,698 Captain
    A .444 at a 100 yards or less.....knock its rear down and out....it might even field dress it for you....all you got to do is skin, quarter and freeze....good luck....want to see some pictures when you seal the deal.....
    For the love of all outdoors recreational activities....what my spelling is off, that will learn ya. Pimping ain't easy unless u went to FSU, its a BS course.
    What do u get when you can connect the dots, color inside the lines, and get your release papers.....sentence served, times up at Felon sentenced university.
    Floridas first woman's college.
    The only difference between FSU and all the other colleges are other colleges accept you into the university's. At FSU you are taken into custody.
  • Prop BlastProp Blast Posts: 375 Officer
    FCHC wrote: »
    Do you already own a rifle? if so what are the calibers? Shot placement and bullet construction are more important than bullet velocity or diameter. i apply for Vermont Moose Tags and when i do finally get drawn i will be using my Marlin 336 35 rem with 200 grain Cast Boolits. it will go completely through a moose at 1800 - 2000 fps. A Cast Boolit will out penetrate almost all Jacketed bullets.

    If you already own a 30 caliber or larger rifle just change your load for something more suitable for a 600-800# animal. Cast, Partition, Accubond, Barnes, Trophy Bonded, etc

    :Agree

    Ding Ding --- we have a winner! :applause Moose are big, but not that tough. A .30-06 that the hunter shoots well and a well constructed bullet placed in the right spot is more than enough. 99% of guides would rather a hunter show up with a gun that he knows and can shoot well than a new .338 Win Mag he's only put 3 round through before he shows up.

    Another person made the comment, "be careful of where the moose is when you shoot". They like to hang out in shallow (for them) water. Kill a moose while he's standing in 2-3' of water and you have your work cut out for you.

    PB
  • Mr-OrenoMr-Oreno Posts: 196 Deckhand
    Prop Blast wrote: »
    :Agree

    Ding Ding --- we have a winner! :applause Moose are big, but not that tough. A .30-06 that the hunter shoots well and a well constructed bullet placed in the right spot is more than enough. 99% of guides would rather a hunter show up with a gun that he knows and can shoot well than a new .338 Win Mag he's only put 3 round through before he shows up.

    Another person made the comment, "be careful of where the moose is when you shoot". They like to hang out in shallow (for them) water. Kill a moose while he's standing in 2-3' of water and you have your work cut out for you.

    PB


    I have a fairly nice .270 and a cheap (mossberg) 30/06. I was planning on using the .270 and honing it in with quality bullets. I. Have read a lot and the .270 seems accepted and you are right, it's more about the placement. I'm try to save money as this trip is going to cost me but can't resist the urge to get a different gun.
    WANTED: OLD FISHING LURES
  • spfldbowhunterspfldbowhunter Posts: 907 Officer
    Funny you mention a cheap 30-06. A relative (and hunter) that lives in Alaska said they can't keep Remington 770s (the bane of every gun counter's existence depending on who you ask) on the shelf up there because they seem to be a very affordable all weather gun.

    I'd stick with what I had, spend money on decent optics if needed, and find the right bullet to do the job.
    Eph. 3:20
  • FCHCFCHC Posts: 207 Officer
    here are a few good choices for the .270
    140 gr Swift A-Frame
    140 gr Nosler Accubond
    150 gr Nosler Partition
    Doubletap 160 gr Nosler Partition (if you can find them this is a great load)
    Doubletap 180 gr Woodleigh Weldcore (this is a freight train load..... as close to cast bullet as you can get for penetration)
  • GunsAndCamoGunsAndCamo Posts: 41 Deckhand
    We currently have an Rossi Rio Grande 45-70 lever action in our store for 519.99. would make a killer moose gun
    Guns and Camo

    806 W. New Haven Ave.

    Melbourne, FL 32901

    www.gunsandcamo.net

  • Mr-OrenoMr-Oreno Posts: 196 Deckhand
    GunsAndCamo - Im researching the Rossi.
    WANTED: OLD FISHING LURES
  • totalinertiatotalinertia Posts: 123 Deckhand
    You can't go too heavy for moose. Their size and sometimes dangerous disposition (especially during the rut) warrants even a DGR rifle. Your only limitation is your shoulder. Choose a good monolithic controlled expansion bullet for maximum penetration and expansion.
  • James243James243 Posts: 732 Officer
    7mm rem mag does the job for my dad in Alaska every year, no complaints.
  • Gills.Gone.WildGills.Gone.Wild Posts: 142 Deckhand
    Shot placement on moose is critical! But, be careful how you word that question when you ask a resident of moose-country. It went like this...
    Me: Where is the best place to shoot a moose?
    Mr. Helpful: As close to the road as possible.
    And he was serious! Back to the caliber discussion; it wasn't but a few decades ago that the 30-06 was considered a big rifle. There have been a lot of moose cleanly taken with it. Another nod to that caliber is the fact that you can readily find a box of ammo for it, even in a bush community.
  • Captjohn5150Captjohn5150 Posts: 1,698 Captain
    I know, I know.....a Barrett 50 cal...made out of carbon fiber...that will do it.....
    For the love of all outdoors recreational activities....what my spelling is off, that will learn ya. Pimping ain't easy unless u went to FSU, its a BS course.
    What do u get when you can connect the dots, color inside the lines, and get your release papers.....sentence served, times up at Felon sentenced university.
    Floridas first woman's college.
    The only difference between FSU and all the other colleges are other colleges accept you into the university's. At FSU you are taken into custody.
  • turftechturftech Posts: 312 Deckhand
    Shot placement on moose is critical! But, be careful how you word that question when you ask a resident of moose-country. It went like this...
    Me: Where is the best place to shoot a moose?
    Mr. Helpful: As close to the road as possible.
    And he was serious! Back to the caliber discussion; it wasn't but a few decades ago that the 30-06 was considered a big rifle. There have been a lot of moose cleanly taken with it. Another nod to that caliber is the fact that you can readily find a box of ammo for it, even in a bush community.
    :Agree
    2200v pathfinder and various rods and reels, ford f150 and various rifles, shotguns, and handguns.
    Ready to fish, Ready to hunt...
  • avmechavmech Posts: 1,331 Officer
    My old man got moose with his pre-war open sight model 70 .30-'06 180 to 200 grains. Rifle is now mine, sweet shooter
    Joined: Oct 7 2002
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  • MosesMoses Posts: 1,203 Officer
    avmech wrote: »
    My old man got moose with his pre-war open sight model 70 .30-'06 180 to 200 grains. Rifle is now mine, sweet shooter


    I second this, there isn't to much in North America that the 30-06 can't handle with the proper bullet and powder mix.
    Deep penetrating and not to rough on the shoulder in Semi-Automatic. Have Remington 742 Woodsmaster that drive tacks at 200 yards with peep sights.
    The 742 is notorious for barrel flexing and throwing a shot off center but these two do not seem to have that problem. One was my fathers and is in mint
    and my other was my Grandfathers that is roughly 95%. Great guns and fun to shoot.

    My grandfather has taken:
    1) Michigan Black Bear
    2) Moose
    3) Elk
    4) Whitetail Deer
    5) Wood Chucks
    6) Upland Game Birds <<<<
    Serious
    7) Mule Deer
    8) Kodiak Brown Bear in Alaska

    You get the picture, 30-06 is the go to gun in North America.
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  • Tarpon TanglerTarpon Tangler Posts: 58 Greenhorn
    I've got a Remington 700 CDL in 300 win mag and about 50 rnds that I will sell for $500 shoot me a PM if interested.
  • Mr-OrenoMr-Oreno Posts: 196 Deckhand
    Tarpon Tangler - PM has been sent.
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  • BillatstarbriteBillatstarbrite Posts: 520 Officer
    I have a Ruger M77 in 458 Win Mag. No need to shoot it - the moose sees it, faints, you can rush in pop him with a 22.

    It's ideal for shutting off annoying car alarms at 3AM.
  • clayshooter25clayshooter25 Posts: 55 Deckhand
    I had a moose steak for dinner last night... Better than venison!
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