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Old 07-02-2013, 06:41 PM
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Ok, looking for some help in choosing a good quality gun. Below are some of the choices people have offered me in the used market. Please rate them in order of quality so I can make some choices. I am no gun expert and need the advise. This is for a Moose hunt but again, I want to be able to use it on Big Game in general. Thanks in advance and look forward to your input.

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.300 win mag Browning X bolt

Browning BAR in 300 win mag

Rossi Rio Grande 45-70 lever action

Remington 700 CDL in 300 win mag

Remington 7400 30-06

300 WinMag Thompson ProHunter stainless fluted barrel with muzzle brake
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Remington 7400 30-06
More then enough for any big game in North America. Much cheaper to shoot then the other calibers listed and easier on the shoulder. Take a Win 300 or a Weatherby to the range and you will see
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My vote for overall big game would be one of the two bolt action rifles listed. Remington CDL or Browning Xbolt. They will all do the job though. Bottom of the list for me would be the Rossi Lever gun and the Remington 7400 auto loader.

I'm sure your responses will vary greatly, haha!
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The only fair way to kill a wild moose is to do it with your bare hands. You against it, eye to eye, or if you are the seafarin' kind of man, aye to aye. It is okay to use any type of hand held weapon as long as it does not have a projectile. Sitting off a distance and shooting a Moose with a high powered rifle, just does not sound manly.
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Originally Posted by Thalasso View Post
Remington 7400 30-06
More then enough for any big game in North America. Much cheaper to shoot then the other calibers listed and easier on the shoulder. Take a Win 300 or a Weatherby to the range and you will see
I'm not that big a fan of the pump and auto 30-06's.....but I am a huge fan of the cartridge. I've shot some good Remington pump and auto 30-06's but prefer the bolt rifles for centerfire .30 caliber rounds. I have available to me all the latest and supposedly greatest new calibers....I still hunt everything walking, running, and swimming in North America with the good old 30-06. Great caliber, available everywhere, comparatively cheap to shoot...the 30-06 can't be beat in my book.
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Bolt action 30.06 would be my 1st choice (don't see it on the list though) so a bolt 300 win mag, I like Remington.
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I vote for BAR in 300 win mag..
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30-06. So many different rounds, you can take a moose, elk or white tail with just a different box of bullets.

150 grain for deer at 3200ft per second
220 grain for moose at 2400ft per second
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You should add DTA SRS, one rifle that does it all
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I would prefer to use a bow, but if I was to use a rifle, I would use my 7MM Mag.
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Something that you've spent some time with at the range.

You need to account for the terrain and distance you expect to take this moose at as well. If you're inside 150 yards, get the .45-70 but not a Rossi. In other words, look at a REAL Marlin .45-70 levergun (not the new crap manufactured by Remington) with NO scope. If you want something scoped for longer shots, go with the .30-06.
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A bolt action thirty odd six for the long shot or a bow for the close up I can smell you shot.....with moose hunting it generally is one or the other.
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Remington 7400 in 30 06 would be my #1 choice, good gun
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What do you already have? Moose are not difficult to kill. Most guys in Maine are going to use a 270, 308, 3006, with premium bullets. Have you shot a 300 win mag before? I've hunted Maine several times in the last ten years and there are few places you could shoot farther than 200 yards (where a 300 win mag would be advantageous) and more than likely you shot on a moose is going to be 20 - 100 yards. I'd rather use a rifle I already owned and trusted than some new boomer.
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I have been on a good number of hunting trips for moose, elk and mule deer. It doesn't take too long to see that a good percentage of the hunters can't shoot the big magnums as well as the trusty 30-06. I myself tried the 300 Whetherby and 300 Win. but did way better with the 06. It is way more important to knowing, shooting a bunch and just plain being comfortable with the weapon than have a bit more punch. You should also find it easier to carry all day.
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Get the 06. Either in the Remington ADL or the Browning XBolt. It's all you really need. Get decent glass and make sure you shoot at least 100 rounds before you make your hunt
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I'll second the bolt action 30-06.
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30-06 or .308
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300 win mag hands down

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