I've killed several moose and elk. Its been my experience that elk are tougher then moose by a long shot.
I use a 270 Win as my primary elk rifle. Its about a good bullet and shot placement.
Problem with heavy calibers, few people can shoot them. Plus they tend to be heavy. When you're slugging through muskeg every ounce counts. I pretty much gave up all hunting with anything but Model 70 Featherweights. But I'm getting old and lazy.
Heck I stopped a charging bull with my Model 28 Smith in 357.
Kraigwy , I would mount that rack on my car hood.... hee hee hee
agreed bob,i'm sure there were some 35 Whelens,also called the poor mans 375 hnh, heck back then the 30-30 maybe!!! took more game then the Great 30-06, and a 300 meant 300 savage md 99 lever or bolt action, yes the 300 HnH was around but i'm sure only well healed persons owned them.
thats what started John Nosler SN, making custom bullets ,store bought factory bullet blew up
on the shoulder of a big Canadian moose, he got the moose but Built us better bullets.
The .270 Win might just be the second best cartridge for all North American big game hunting, right behind the .280 Rem.
I never shot a moose, but love the 270.... Wouldn't be afraid to take one with it. The 270 leaves a wicked wound channel, from what I have seen with hogs and deer... a frontal shot at a 250 lb hog (175 yds) in the front shoulder, went straight through it, and out its hind quarter. Leaves exit wound the size of a silver dollar.....
You're absolutely right. The .270 Win will destroy parts that need destroying. I've never had to shoot anything twice with mine. Also, .277 caliber seems to be inherently accurate. I've seem mule deer disappear after a single shot. They just drop right where they stood. The internal damage is devastating. And it doesn't take a fancy, high-dollar bullet to get a .270 Win to work. Sierra GameKings work as good a bullets costing 4 times as much.
I shot a huge bull elk last month with my 7MM Rem Mag. He went better than 900 pounds and scored better than 370. One shot, one dead elk. Fact is, my .270 Win could have one-shot killed him just as dead. Seems as though animals don't stick around long with shot-out hearts. Anyway, I think I'm going right back to a .270 Win for the rest of my big game hunting from here on out.