9.3x62 bullet choice for Moose

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    This! My hunting crew and I have knocked down a mountain of moose over the years with .308s, .30-06s and 7mm Rem Mags and none ran further than 30 yards. I killed my 52 inch bull with my .308 and he didn't get that far. It's what I'll be hunting moose with again this fall.
    For what it's worth, my warthog ran farther to a perfect shot than any of our mooses!
     
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    I have to admit I only shot Norma Oryx, Norma Alaskan, Remington SP, Sellier&Bellott RNSP and PRVI SP. All in 286gr except I think the Alaskan was 250gr (?). The 286's seem to all hit close to the same POI at 100. maybe an inch off or so, depending. I saved the brass and have dies and will load some Woodleighs eventually, just because I have them. But I think for moose, I would not be afraid to use even the Prvi stuff which seems to be the softest of the bunch.
     
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    I Agree, I think the Prvi would be fine for Moose.
     
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    Interesting I have shot PRVI, Hornady, and Nosler all 286gr. They all group within an inch of each other. I used the PRVI on my Moose last year and he didn't make 20 yds. I am taking it to SA in 19 but will have the Nosler 286 Part. in it.
     
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    It must be that 9.3x62 is inherently accurate. I have pretty much the same results when trying different ammo of the same weight. I am taking it on my Moose hunt but only because I am also hunting Black Bear and the guide prefers the 9.3 over the .308 for larger wound channels.
     

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    Midway has Nosler Partition 286 on clearance for $20 right now.
     

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    If you are coming to Newf, and are worried about ammo. Get your guide to order a box from withing Canada. Tradeexcanada.com is my favourite supplier for 9.3x62 ammo, components for reloading, and second hand gun, barrels, and actions. Rare in Canada to find anything that "complete" in one place, but they must have got stuck with a load of stuff. I have no connection with them.

    Barnes makes a lot of bullets for stuff like 30-30 and 45-70 that are not run away trains on velocity, and they tailor the dynamic to those velocity levels for those bullets. The 62 is the commercial sweet spot for 9.3s, so I would have no qualms about using a TSX on Moose. I have loaded Prvi having both black bears and moose on my property, and am just getting going on load development. Unfortuntely in NB owning the property doesn't mean you can hunt it, so I can't give any reports.

    My thinking on the Prvi is even if it separates into two parts, the core is enough to do the job. And while we are at it, imagine what it feels like to use your ribs and lungs to separate a 286 grain bullet at 2350 fps, you have to invest a lot of tissue into tearing the jacket from the core. Think it is difficult to open those clam shell packets everything that hangs on a hook is sold in these days... I has to be tougher to peel apart a 286 Prvi.

    That said, you have to have an idea of what performance you are looking for. I am hunting for meat, so I want to blow through the lungs with the shortest wound channel. It is game over when an arrow from a 50 lb traditional bow takes that path let alone a bullet with significant killing power. But if you want to back up a client who botched the shot from any angle; or drop a moose from any raking angle that takes off with a medium wound after a deflection of the your original shot; or you need to be able to deal with large bears that may also be in the area, then something other than a TSX might be the ticket.
     
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