I've shot or been in on over 50 moose, guiding and hunting with friends. i suspect that a 3006 with 180 gr would be a minimum, i would prefer a 338 win which i think is ideal for moose. flat shooting, hard hitting.Just curious as to what other hunters prefer for moose hunting. I am fully aware that you can kill them with anything, shot placement, and other standard comments.
agreed, i think that is a fine rule of thumb.I am a firm believer in shooting until they drop, and if they move much on the ground I shoot more. That applies to anything I shoot.
a 6mm will kill a moose, but is too light of a rifle to responsibly take some shots. for instance a hard quartering toward you, too much penetration required (in my never to be humble opinion). a 6mm with great bullets obviously can kill a moose, as can a .223 and i know of one shot with a .22 lon rifle years ago. but, that does not make it much of a moose rifle.But surprisingly I've taken more Moose with my Ruger M77 6mm Rem than any other rifle.
if you get one shot at a bull quartering away or toward you at 250 yards, in or close to brush... well, i suspect a heavier caliber and bullet will do a much more reliable job.
they are about like an eland in size and i think most PH's would discourage or outright deny using such a small rifle on such large quarry. i have heard of moose being hit with 338 win/300 magnums and drop and then recover and get away.
i have watched moose get up after being hit with a 338 lapua, twice. both looked like good hits, the third shot put it down.