.270 For Moose?

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  1. hunterbob

    hunterbob Well-Known Member

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    Yes Sir , and here is a picture of what a 270 does at 300 yds to a Javalina.. Just to show the exit wound. It will sure as heck take down a moose. hee hee hee , lets say its a wicked round (130 gr Ballistic tip)
     

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  2. Varmint Hunter

    Varmint Hunter Well-Known Member

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    Posters on this site seem to own an awful lot of firearms. Why not employ a bit more horsepower when hunting game animals as large as moose?

    I used a 338 RUM to take this 900lb moose. A high shoulder shot with a 250gr Accubond flipped this guy over backwards and planted his 15 point palms into the ground behind him. He was DRT.
    As the saying goes -" there's no replacement for displacement".

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  3. SansSouci

    SansSouci Well-Known Member

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    Kc,

    Here's what I do know. Biology will always win. Nothing living will remain in that condition were it no longer getting oxygenated blood to its brain. Therefore, were you to destroy necessary equipment that pumps oxygenated blood to a moose's brain, it is going to die. What destroy that equipment is nowhere near as important as that it is destroyed. A moose ain't gonna know whether a .270 Win or a .300 Wby Mag reduced its blood pressure to zero.
     
  4. hunterbob

    hunterbob Well-Known Member

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    Yep ,,,, you got that right, SansSouci.... One time I thought i was gonna have to take down a 2500 lb bull (not a moose),that was charging, but I made it to the fence in time .... Just in time ... lol
     
  5. jjmp

    jjmp Well-Known Member

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    Vhunter, you missed my post about my 338 win magnum lighter less weight less kick guess you could call it an original short mag , based off the great 458 win magnum :D anyway nice moose I've never shot one maybe someday. Truth be told many cartridges can do the job.regards jjmp
     
  6. Lee Goodwin

    Lee Goodwin Well-Known Member

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    Well, this is an older thread but I wanted to share my 180 Woodleigh reloads in 270 Winchester.

    I loaded just 7 total. Two with 50 grains IMR7828 ssc. Two 51 grains, two 52 grains and one 52.5 grains. So, between 2400 and 2500 (hodgdon data).

    These bullets are long.

    We shall see how they do...today, if it stops drizzling.
     

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  7. Lee Goodwin

    Lee Goodwin Well-Known Member

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    180 woodleigh bullet 7828 powder.

    I only loaded 7. I will go back and try 51 grains and 52.5 grains next time.

    I was shooting high (stringing?), and as the three or four shots progressed, close together, I got closer to the point of aim. Any ideas?
     

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  8. aushunter1

    aushunter1 Well-Known Member

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    Firstly is the question being asked because that's all you have available to you or are you intending on purchasing a rifle for this use??

    I have taken down a 200+kg Sambar here is Aus with my .270 with 130gr SST's, shot right on dusk & the animal disappeared into the scrub, I was sure it was a clean heart shot!
    Dusk became pitch darkness within 5 minutes as myself & my mate started searching for it.
    Luckily we did find it, about 30 meters from the shot & in dense scrub, we started to break it down, on opening the chest cavity I found the shot was right on the money, the heart just a soupy mess but it still had enough in it to run that far.
    Still the shot placement was the key not going any farther.

    I now have dedicate large game rifle in a 300wsm, more powder, larger projectiles, more energy!
    I don't want to run the risk of having another meat/trophy animal run on again & possibly losing it!

    Imo if you going to use a 270 then use the largest weight projectile you can which if I recall correctly is 180gr but personally I would get something in a larger 30cal or more, something that will have more energy down range.

    Good luck.
     
  9. hunter67wa

    hunter67wa Well-Known Member

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    yes it will! Use a good bullet and put it in the right place. Have fun
     
  10. Pa Grizz

    Pa Grizz Well-Known Member

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    Biggest moose every shot in camp was with a 25-06 by a very small 11 year boy. I did not like it much but that is the largest gun the boy could shot accurate .His dad was backing him up with a 8 MM Mag but not not need him The boy hit it right in the heart.If someone ask me what gun to use I tell them what ever they shoot good with.I like 7 mag or 300 Mag and up
     
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  11. Jerry M

    Jerry M Well-Known Member

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    I hunted Moose one time in a Zec in Quebec. The woods in the area where we hunted were so thick that you had to 'swim' through them. Separate pine saplings, take a step, separate pine saplings, take a step etc.

    I found one spot where I could see about 90 yards. But the thick undergrowth would seriously hamper tracking - without a sufficiently visible blood trail, had I seen anything to shoot at. Additionally, much of the area was marsh. Recovery from that area would be a major undertaking.

    I did see one Moose, in the back of a Ford pickup truck. The leaf springs were maxed out!!!

    If I only had a .270 Win or could not shoot a larger caliber for a physical reason, I would use it. If I had a larger caliber available I would use it, I took a .300 Magnum. Moose are big! For me, taking a trip like that is a major commitment of time and money. I want the best chance of being successful. I guess if you lived where Moose were plentiful, you can shoot them off your porch in the wilderness with a lesser caliber. Personally I would not have a problem taking my .375 H&H on a Moose hunt. Dead is dead. Did I mention that Moose are big?

    Good luck

    Jerry
     
  12. memtb

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    Not my first choice,but with proper bullets, and placement.....not my last choice! My preferred choice would be ......270 (grains), starting out at around 3K fps! :D memtb
     
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  13. LVJ76

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    Couldn't agree with you more. Some use the big bore magnums because anything smaller is bad or unethical, but give their wive's or child a 308, 7mm-08 or 6.5 CM.

    KC, the 270 can definitely handle a moose, as long as the shot is placed in the right spot and with the right bullet. Use a tough bullet like a partition or a bonded bullet. Or a good monolithic, maybe a Hammer, I hear they do a great job on game.

    I'm assuming the 270 is the biggest cartridge you own which is perfectly fine, if thats the case there is no need to buy a new gun for just one hunt.

    SansSouci mentioned the 2 best all around cartridges, 280 and the 270, you got that right. I miss both of them and would use them both in a heartbeat, but, I also love my 7 Rem Mag and my 7mm-08.
     
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  14. Heavyiron

    Heavyiron Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    I've never shot at a moose, but if Joc shot as many as he claimed. Its good enough for me. His 270 took most of the non dangerous game in the world.
     
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