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    Hello everyone.

    I've been invited to join a Moose Hunt this upcoming year. Hopefully we will get a tag. This will be my first ever Moose hunt. I do not have a proper firearm for this.

    Can I get some views on what type of firearm that you would recommend and what other people are using and why.

    Looking forward to and greatly appreciate all comments.

    Thankyou in advance

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    The short answer is get a bolt action 30-06.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Its About Time View Post
    Hello everyone.

    I've been invited to join a Moose Hunt this upcoming year. Hopefully we will get a tag. This will be my first ever Moose hunt. I do not have a proper firearm for this.

    Can I get some views on what type of firearm that you would recommend and what other people are using and why.

    Looking forward to and greatly appreciate all comments.

    Thankyou in advance
    .270Win; .308Win; .30-06Sprg will do the job quite nicely in all configurations whether bolt or semi-auto with a good optic for long range shooting across swamps or hydro cuts. Good luck this year.

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    270, 308, 3006.

    Pick the one you like best in whatever configuration you like

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    What the others have said, and don't overlook the used market. Lots of quality used rifles out there for reasonable prices.

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    First pick some old caliber 30-06 308 270 win
    And then pick the rifle I suggest a Combination gun 30-06 / 12 gage
    Brno or some other more expensive one ...
    And make sure that you can use .. it at 100 - 200 and max 300 m



    Quote Originally Posted by Its About Time View Post
    Hello everyone.

    I've been invited to join a Moose Hunt this upcoming year. Hopefully we will get a tag. This will be my first ever Moose hunt. I do not have a proper firearm for this.

    Can I get some views on what type of firearm that you would recommend and what other people are using and why.

    Looking forward to and greatly appreciate all comments.

    Thankyou in advance

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    Lots to consider. Picking a caliber is the easiest thing to do. As mentioned above, you can’t go wrong with a .270, .308, or 30.06. Next, pick your action e.g. single shot, bolt, lever, pump, or semi. Some actions/models are limited to certain calibers. Then consider the make and model. Then you have to consider stock and barrel e.g. stainless, synthetic, laminate, blued barrel - this is personal preference and there isn’t a right or wrong choice.

    A firearm is often a reflection of its owner. What you end up with will depend on your preferences and what you can afford. As mentioned already, consider buying used. Also consider buying quality optics. A good scope costs more but will be more dependable and the lenses and quality are much better. I was in my 40’s when I finally bought a Leupold, until then I was using Bushnell scopes and always had issues.

    My first moose rifle was a Winchester model 70 (bolt action) chambered in .300 mag. I shot a couple of moose and some deer with it but it didn’t feel right. Ten years later, I sold it and bought a Remington 7600 (pump action) chambered in 30.06. I shot a few more moose and a pile of deer with that rifle and I loved how it handled. As I got older, I looked for more challenges so I sold it 10 years ago and bought a used Browning B78 (single shot) in 30.06 caliber. I love this rifle!

    Although I’ve never owned one, I hear that Savage rifles are reasonably priced and are very accurate right out of the box.
    Last edited by Sam Menard; April 23rd, 2021 at 05:52 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam Menard View Post
    Lots to consider. Picking a caliber is the easiest thing to do. As mentioned above, you can’t go wrong with a .270, .308, or 30.06. Next, pick your action e.g. single shot, bolt, lever, pump, or semi. Some actions/models are limited to certain calibers. Then consider the make and model. Then you have to consider stock and barrel e.g. stainless, synthetic, laminate, blued barrel - this is personal preference and there isn’t a right or wrong choice.

    A firearm is often a reflection of its owner. What you end up with will depend on your preferences and what you can afford. As mentioned already, consider buying used. Also consider buying quality optics. A good scope costs more but will be more dependable and the lenses and quality are much better. I was in my 40’s when I finally bought a Leupold, until then I was using Bushnell scopes and always had issues.

    My first moose rifle was a Winchester model 70 (bolt action) chambered in .300 mag. I shot a couple of moose and some deer with it but it didn’t feel right. Ten years later, I sold it and bought a Remington 7600 (pump action) chambered in 30.06. I shot a few more moose and a pile of deer with that rifle and I loved how it handled. As I got older, I looked for more challenges so I sold it 10 years ago and bought a used Browning B78 (single shot) in 30.06 caliber. I love this rifle!

    Although I’ve never owned one, I hear that Savage rifles are reasonably priced and are very accurate right out of the box.
    This is great advice. Couldn't agree more. I have a Ruger American .308 bolt that drives tacks and is light to carry. It's not pretty, but it hits what I point it at. Other good advice = shoot it lots before you hunt with it. Get used to recoil and site it in so you learn to trust it will do what you want it to at the range you plan to shoot at. Enjoy your hunt and hope you are successful.

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    One more advice alongside what Sam and Moosehead said-i am not sure if you shot any,some or a lot.
    Just remember-sighting in rifle from the bench is great.
    You will need to practice however in all imaginable hunting positions though (freehand standing, standing with some aid-like a tree trunk,sitting,kneeling)because that is how you will be shooting at the game.

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    Any 30 caliber mentioned above, ie the .308 or 30-06. and while you're at it, go with a premium bullet. As for the .270, I absolutely detest that round for moose. I've seen so many moose and bears lost to that cartridge through the years that I'd like to wrap every one of them around a tree. What it comes down to is a lot of guys talk a good game but when it comes right down to it making a good shot on whats become a once in a lifetime chance at a moose, why go minimum?

    Yeah, yeah, I know. Lots of moose have been taken with the lesser 30-30 but an awful pile have been lost to the same cartridge.
    Last edited by sawbill; April 23rd, 2021 at 07:34 PM.

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