My Uncle always hunted with a Remington in 35 Whelen. My Dad and his other brothers all had Remington 30-06's, so my Uncle, being the youngest, wanted to be different. I was always interested in the caliber, so it is a shame they don't make more rifles chambered for it.+1 The Whelen is pretty hard to beat for any large bodied big game in North America.
I wonder why the 358 Norma is so popular. It seems an odd choice but I suppose that's from a North American perspective. Maybe the components etc. are just easier to get there?
Thanks so much! I guess I need to pack my sticks. Several have mentioned it.Philip there are lots of guys more knowledgeable than me but a few things people don't think of.
Alaska can be pretty swampy. More so then say Wyoming or Montana. Consider that with footwear choices. Really study up on how to judge antler size. I know very experienced hunters who got it wrong.
I am a huge fan of shooting sticks now. If you're in waste high willows you can't go prone for a shot the way you can in the Rockies.
If you come through the Palmer area send a PM. I'll probably be moose hunting but if not I love swapping hunting stories.
Philip I like the collapsible Primos Trigger Stick. The traditional African style would be a bit awkward to haul around, especially solo.Thanks so much! I guess I need to pack my sticks. Several have mentioned it.
Thanks. Yes I was thinking of taking my trigger sticks. They are my favPhilip I like the collapsible Primos Trigger Stick. The traditional African style would be a bit awkward to haul around, especially solo.
I'm sure you already know weight might be an issue. If you haven't done backpacking between all your Safaris you might go to an REI and learn about the lighter camping gear from the granola eaters.
Depending on where you are silty rivers in Alaska can be tough on water filters. I always have a chemical backup.
There is such a miracle as the SVD-9 (Tigr-9) in the caliber of 9.3x64. This is the perfect "karamultuk" for forest hunting for elk, wild boar, bear. But it is almost impossible to get it, they were released in limited quantities. The military samples passed the military tests and proved to be very good, but they did not go any further. Civilians ones - they were bought up apparently by rich collectors. Dream.Nope, a modern semi-auto available in chamberings ranging from 7x64 to 9.3x62. Not sure if it is a switch calibre design like 202 and 404 though.
@aknomeOur family has shot more moose with a 30-06 than anything else. .243, .257 Roberts, .280 Rem and 300 and 338 Win Mag have also put meat in the freezer. I may pull out the 375 H & H this year just for fun.
they say that in Sweden, 6.5 mm is the main caliber, and the main shot is in the lungs. However, this may be due to the fact that there it is an army caliber, and this fact always leaves an imprint.
Moose hunting is very popular where I live, west-central Canada. I would say the most commonly used moose hunting cartridges are .308, .30-06, 7mm Rem. mag, .270, and formerly the .303 and .30-30. In recent years a few more hunters are carrying .300 magnums.
I think carrying and shooting comfort ( thick bush "instinctive" shooting) are more important than power, and certainly more imporant than long range capabilities. But long range shooting is becoming "fashionable' and has influenced moose hunters choices. Long barrels, big scopes with twisty turrets and heavy rifles with noisy synthetic stocks are a mismatch for our local moose hunting, but there is a trend is towards those choices. I have killed most of my moose with .308/180 gr. and it was entirely adequate. I have also used .35 Whelen/250 gr., .30-06/180 gr., 7x57/175gr., and .375 H&H/300 gr. I could not say there was any noticeable difference in effectiveness. Ranges varied from 10M-300M.
Moose mainly rely on their excellent senses of hearing and smell to avoid predators. I have spooked several moose while stalking them with a hollow stock synthetic rifle. The noise the stock makes when a small branch scrapes along the surface is enough to alert a moose. I now avoid such noisy stocks. I prefer wood, and if conditions are very wet, laminated wood.