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    I went a few years back to NewFoundland . I would recommend getting a great pair of boots that are broke in . We were walking close to 10 miles a day in all kinds of terrain (hills and bogs) . Water proof boots are a must . I would also have good rain gear . We always dressed in layers and packed a change of socks and maybe some other clothing in a back pack .

    As far as a rifle , I took a 7mm Rem mag , but I think an '06 would do just fine . Our guides told us to aim for a double lung shot and pretty much nothing else . The way they explained it , a moose is large animal and it needs lots of air to keep going . I shot mine at about 150 yds . I took my first shot and it just stood there , so I put another round in it . After the second shot , it left on slow trot behind some brush and collapsed . It probably didn't go more than 40 yds . Both shots were double lung . None of the moose we took that year went more than 100-150 yds .

    If I were you , I would talk with your guides . They've done it for years and have seen what works best for their area . Everyone in our group got a moose and we were shooting everything from a .308 to a .338 lapua .

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    As far as boots,make sure you take two pair.
    If you blow one set out,your up a creek without a paddle so to speak!
    Also take rubber boots or hip waders.
    Talk to your guide,they will tell you alot.

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    If your looking for info on western hunting or Alaska I would highly recommend you check out the rokslide forum. Tons of people willing to help out and point you in the right direction. Just don’t ask them for their spot

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1nderbeard View Post
    Appreciate that suggestion. I'm 33 and am in reasonably good weight training and strength shape, but I'll definitely need to brush up the cardio. I can do mountain hiking, but not sure how accurate my shot would be if I'm sucking wife puts me to shame in the cardio dept. Runs 3-5 miles for "fun" several times a week.
    I remember seeing on an outdoor hunting guide interview most of missed shots are due to poor shooting or poor cardio shape.
    You most likely won't be climbing all that many mountains, instead what you will most likely be doing is slogging through bogs, trying to stay on the raised hummocks and out of the low sucking mud where you can easily find yourself stuck up to your waist. I'd suggest buying a good pair of breathable hip waders and doing a lot of hiking in them, preferably with a full pack. You will also need good rain gear because Alaska is very wet. Buy the best you can afford. Same goes for boots. Your guide friend should be able to provide you with gear suggestions and advise you on what works well.

    As for a rifle, moose are big but soft. Maine, where I've been applying for a moose tag for years with no success, only has a .243 minimum to hunt moose. Granted the Yukon subspecies is a bit larger and the possibility of encountering an aggressive grizzly is real so you won't want to go that small. It is more important to have a rifle that you can shoot well than to have a larger caliber. Bullet selection is really more important than caliber as well. You probably won't need anything that can reach out to 400 yards nor will you want to limit yourself to short range cartridges like the .45/70. Obviously, you have a lot of cartridges in between that will work well. You should probably find out if your guide will be armed(I can't imagine that they would not be) and if not err on the side of a bit larger round in case of bear encounters.

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    A 30-06 is plenty for moose. My hunting partner has killed 3 Shiras, and 1 Alaskan and 1 Yukon with a .264 shooting a 140 gain bullet. The moose will not be able to tell the difference if you shoot him with a .300 win mag shooting a 180 grain bullet of a 30-06 shooting a 180 grain bullet. Both will kill him deader than a door nail.

    Dirty Steve

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    Yup, and they'll hit the same if you're just a bit closer w the '06.
    Amazing how so many people can't grasp that.

    Had a pseudo engineer at work claim his .300 winmag was great for elk and that the .30-06 wasn't worth a damn.
    He spoke of being able to shoot them past 400 yards.
    Of course he took a 500 yarder according to a witness and missed.

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    .35 Whelen might be a good choice.

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    6.5x55 is the most popular moose round in Scandinavia. If I was going to use the old Swede for moose, I'd load the heaviest bullets I could find and keep the ranges short.
    Tulta munille! HAKKAA PÄÄLLE

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    Almost anything bigger than a 22 cal is good for moose. I'd take a .270, 6.5.x55 Swede, or 30.06 140-180gr bullets and more than confident that I have enough firepower. On moose, broadside shots only.

    Who wants to blow their shoulder off shooting a moose or anything else?

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    You shoot at a moose, doubt you feel any recoil.

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