Originally Posted by Freebore
If it was my hunt for the $$ outlay I would use a good Bonded or better yet a Barnes bullet to brake shoulder bone and keep going. A moose going 100 yards further could mean another 2 hours of packing.
Like previously stated most moose are killed under 200 yards. I'd want to anchor him.
I do a lot of river hunting and in that case I have a 300. Wsm loaded with 180 grain partitions. My little brother is coming with me and he will be using that rifle if he is with me due to laws here in Canada. I also do a lot of clear cut and back lake hunting and in that instance I have loaded up 210 grain Bergers close too 2900 fps where shots are 300-700 yards sometimes a touch further. I know most moose are shot at 200 yards and closer but I believe that is because when you come around a bend on the river or the road tree right there and everyone passes on shots further.
3 years ago we got 2 bulls tags for a good area and only bulls we saw were together just a hair over 475 yards once we closed the distance. We had another gentlemen the following year pass up on a good good size bull cause he couldn't get close then 550, and during the spring fishing trip we had 13 moose spotted and 5 were over 350 yards (2 bulls, 1 spike, and 2 big cows) the rest were cows and calves with the exception if 1 bull all within 100 yards.
I emailed berger last night as I was suggested to speak with them and got my response today. To start I want to say fantastic service as they answer and helped me with everything, gave me load data, drop charts and anything they felt necessary to help answer. They said I would be perfectly capable and would be very happy with my set up but suggested I back off 1.5 grs if I was experienceing pressure signs . Other then that they said good luck, gave me a few instances where they themselves or customers face feed back using this combo.
I'm not trying to change people's mines here and thank you for all your suggestions. I was just confused why people would use it on an elk but not moose. I read a discussion here a few times saying elk were tougher animals yet they still suggested Bergers. That's where I was confused. I may load up some accubond or partitions for the 300. Winny as well for the close shots, but from what berger said, from what I have been seeing with elk been taken almost regligiously with Bergers :P I would like to test them out