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    I haven't had my question answered yet. Has the guy claiming the 25-06 is a good moose round a) ever shot a moose? b) ever shot a moose with a 25-06 ?

    I have hunted moose for many years and personally killed a bunch. I have also seen many more killed by my hunting partners. In all the years we have had very few easy broadside standing shots that would be necessary for a marginal caliber to be ethically used. Comparing performance on a 150lb deer to a 900lb bull moose to me seems odd. Also what would you do if after trying to draw a bull tag for years finally get one. Then the only moose you see is one 350yds away? I know a guy who has killed 3 moose with a .243 but that guy has probably killed 40 moose himself and hunts them every year for 2 weeks solid in Red Lake. His group gets a bull tag every year. He doesn't get too excited anymore when he lines up on a moose, not too many fit that profile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robster View Post
    A new shooter should start with a 22 rim fire. They will learn better with this than any. Now in ideal conditions any centre fire will do the job. Do moose always show up and give beginners or experienced hunters that perfect broadside shot? When you drive up north put in the time and money and have your adult moose tag in hand wich gun will you bring up to camp? 25-06 or 270? This is original question?
    I would take my bolt 270 and 30-06 carbine or maybe my 450. 25-06 factory ammo is limited and expensive. For the reloader the 25-06 is a capable cartridge and not to be under estimated.
    There's always threads about 270 vs 30-06, why many who own them (me included) claim there is little to no difference in performance, a 25-06 is hot on the heels of a 270, but for some reason most just don't want to admit or believe it. TSX or Partition bullits in 25-06 just quash and concerns for penetration. With 2000ft/lbs 100yds I laugh at.........unethical...............

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    Thanks for all the responses, But all I asked was if a 25-06 was suitable for moose? The shop owner said it was, I know little about this round. But after reading all the answers I believe I'll be going with a 6.5 x 55 or a 270. This gun will strictly be a back up for moose and something I can hunt coyote with. My go to gun at the moment will be my Browning X-Bolt Medallion in a 308. I'm not all that familiar with with the 20 cal rifles. In the past I've shot and owned a 308, 30-06, 338wm, 308 norma, and 7mm. Once again thanks for the responses.

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    Best of luck with your new rifle; I hope you never need a backup gun.

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    Thumbup 25-06 for moose.......

    Quote Originally Posted by canadaman30 View Post
    I would take my bolt 270 and 30-06 carbine or maybe my 450. 25-06 factory ammo is limited and expensive. For the reloader the 25-06 is a capable cartridge and not to be under estimated.
    There's always threads about 270 vs 30-06, why many who own them (me included) claim there is little to no difference in performance, a 25-06 is hot on the heels of a 270, but for some reason most just don't want to admit or believe it. TSX or Partition bullits in 25-06 just quash and concerns for penetration. With 2000ft/lbs 100yds I laugh at.........unethical...............
    Not unethical but you brought up a point about TSX or Partition bullets. Now between the two cartridges 25-06 and 270. Which has more of a variety of factory ammo available off the shelf. I'll go out on a limb but how many hunters out there reload? My case is that a better backup would be a 270 since you can go just about anywhere and find a greater selection in this load. There was a topic of what the popular (most used) cartridges we're found at the moose hunt camps. I don't remember 25-06 being one of them. I don't think the guys here are nocking it but the 270 is just something tried tested and true. I can pull a trailer with a mid size v6 pickup, but I think most would opt for a halfton with a v8.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kilo Charlie View Post
    Best of luck with your new rifle; I hope you never need a backup gun.
    We always need back up guns. 1, 2, 3 or more. Tell a women why she doesn't need a back up shoe or purse..lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robster View Post
    Not unethical but you brought up a point about TSX or Partition bullets. Now between the two cartridges 25-06 and 270. Which has more of a variety of factory ammo available off the shelf. I'll go out on a limb but how many hunters out there reload? My case is that a better backup would be a 270 since you can go just about anywhere and find a greater selection in this load. There was a topic of what the popular (most used) cartridges we're found at the moose hunt camps. I don't remember 25-06 being one of them. I don't think the guys here are nocking it but the 270 is just something tried tested and true. I can pull a trailer with a mid size v6 pickup, but I think most would opt for a halfton with a v8.
    I agree with the popularity and factory offerings for sure. but there are great cartridges out there that factory ammo is scarce 25-06, 280, etc. Great cartridges but little offerings in the way of ammo.

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    http://www.chuckhawks.com/rifle_killing_power_list.htm

    Interesting table at the bottom of this read. Not sure I put much faith in it though.
    How is it one careless cigarette can cause a forest fire, but it takes a whole box of matches to light a campfire?

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    Quote Originally Posted by robster View Post
    We always need back up guns. 1, 2, 3 or more. Tell a women why she doesn't need a back up shoe or purse..lol.
    This explains why I require three rifles in .257 Roberts and three .22 rimfires....backups!

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