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    Plinker

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    Anyone hunted moose?

    So my wife told me that we could look in to setting up an Alaska guided moose hunt. As chance would have it, a mutual friend married an Alaska resident a few years back and they are in the guide business. So while I'm saving my spare change over the next 3-5 years...

    What rifle system should I look to procure?
    I have a 30-06 and have been playing with reloads that are good for deer, but the rifle I have is a mid 90's Winchester 74 and I would not take it hunting beyond setting up in the top of a dry barn. I didn't know if the top end of a 30-06 would be suitable for an animal as big as a moose, or if I should look to go 300 mag or something else with a little more punch.

    Any tips on essential gear? The extent of my big game hunting so far is just IN whitetail blind/stand hunting.

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    I'm sure you will get differing opinions, but from what I've read, 30-06 may be considered on the light side for moose. Understood that a well placed shot with just about anything will kill, .338 win mag or larger is preferred for moose.
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    Plinker

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    The 06 would work but a 300wm would be better.
    But I wouldnt go with less then a 338.
    If it is a float trip the 450 marlin,458 socom would work well as your shots will be closer brush shots along the river.
    On a horse back trip I would opt for the 338 as you could have longer range shots.

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    Take the 06.

    I agree, I'f you were picking a moose gun the 06 wouldn't be number 1, but if your 06 doesnt kill a moose, you either put the bullet in the wrong place, or used the wrong bullet.

    As far as essential gear, GOOD BOOTS. In Indiana I walk 3/4 mile to the stand. I would imagine, most walk less. Boots are not important for a 3/4 mile walk. In AK, you may walk 15+miles a day. Boots are important for 15 miles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 42769vette View Post
    Take the 06.

    I agree, I'f you were picking a moose gun the 06 wouldn't be number 1, but if your 06 doesnt kill a moose, you either put the bullet in the wrong place, or used the wrong bullet.

    As far as essential gear, GOOD BOOTS. In Indiana I walk 3/4 mile to the stand. I would imagine, most walk less. Boots are not important for a 3/4 mile walk. In AK, you may walk 15+miles a day. Boots are important for 15 miles.
    I agree, the 06 will reliably kill anything in North America if the hunter does his part.
    Caliber will not makeup for poor shot placement.
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    Marksman

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    My uncle in law went last year. He took a 300 wm. Said it was a trip of a lifetime, he invited me to go on a moose/caribou hunt this year and I haven't won the lottery yet. Very pricey expedition.

    It is on my list of things to do.

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    Well, if you're getting a new gun you could get what a lot of the guides carry, .45-70. When it absolutely has to be dropped right now. YMMV.
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    Sharpshooter

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    Start w boots. NOW. Long hikes. Daily wear.

    Ask your guide friends i ends what they suggest for gun.

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    Another suggestion in the physical conditioning department. Hiking was already mentioned. Depending on your age and current state of conditioning, you might consider doing some biking or even jogging if able. Some kind of regular cardio-vascular exertion will result in a huge difference when the time comes to be out in the field, especially in the kind of conditions you're likely to encounter in Alaska. Even hunting whitetail here in Indiana, there is a moderate amount of exertion required, walking to the stand with the gear, climbing, dragging a deer out of the woods, etc. I've noticed that in the years I've exercised prior to deer season compared to the years I haven't, it makes a very big difference. I would imagine that's even more important hunting a big critter like a moose in Alaskan terrain. Just my .
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    Plinker

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark 1911 View Post
    Another suggestion in the physical conditioning department. Hiking was already mentioned. Depending on your age and current state of conditioning, you might consider doing some biking or even jogging if able. Some kind of regular cardio-vascular exertion will result in a huge difference when the time comes to be out in the field, especially in the kind of conditions you're likely to encounter in Alaska. Even hunting whitetail here in Indiana, there is a moderate amount of exertion required, walking to the stand with the gear, climbing, dragging a deer out of the woods, etc. I've noticed that in the years I've exercised prior to deer season compared to the years I haven't, it makes a very big difference. I would imagine that's even more important hunting a big critter like a moose in Alaskan terrain. Just my .
    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 air...my 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.

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