I am going to Canada for a moose hunt. I plan on using my .300 weatherby mag. and 180 gr. barnes triple shock bullets. They blew a big hole in a whitetail so I figure they will work on moose. Any knowledgable opinions will be appreciated. thanks
Whereabouts in Canada? It's a pretty big place... :wink:
If you mean the NWT/Yukon area of Canada, then the moose are huge; as big as they get, but no matter where you go, any .30 cal is plenty for moose.
If you do use a .30 cal then absolutely use a 180-200gr bullet. In a .300 mag like the Weatherby I'd handload a 200gr bullet like the Barnes X.
die astonishingly quickly for such large animals; unless they are in the rut and you get a big bull riled up. Sometimes they can take a few shots to bring down.
A couple of years ago my buddy called out a 49" bull and that guy was fired up! I put 4 225gr .338WM right through him at 40 yards and then my buddy finally finished him off with a 5th shot. At each shot I fired the bull only moved a few steps and you really couldn't tell I was hitting him until about the 3rd shot. He started to wobble a bit after that...
All of those shots I fired were broadside, double lung shots and they were all inside about a 6" circle.
But that was an unusual situation with a rutting moose. Most bull moose if they are not alarmed will drop with 1 well placed shot. They seldom go more then 20 yards...
Edit: Here's a picture of rack from that moose...http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c283/Imperiatus/2003Moose.jpg