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Which Gun For Moose?
May 22, 2020
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I got a moose permit here in Montana for this fall, now I need to decide which gun I should use. Last moose was an original 1876 deluxe in 40-60, this year I am thinking more big bore...

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May 22, 2020
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Kurt,

As many of you know, I am fond of stating... "Real men use a Single Shot".   So, and in that vein, I do not see a single Model 1885 Single Shot Rifle in that large pile of repeaters!  

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Bert H. said 
 So, and in that vein, I do not see a single Model 1885 Single Shot Rifle in that large pile of repeaters!  

Bert  

No, but he has the gun that W. claimed their SS was derived from:  "this gun has the old Sharps breechblock & lever."

May 22, 2020
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Bert H. said
Kurt,

As many of you know, I am fond of stating... "Real men use a Single Shot".   So, and in that vein, I do not see a single Model 1885 Single Shot Rifle in that large pile of repeaters!  

Bert  

I have a safe full of original buffalo rifles, too bad the Winchester wasn’t born yet. I have 3 Montana buffalo rifles all in 40-90 bottleneck, and should be considering using one of those...

May 22, 2020
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Shrapnel said

I have a safe full of original buffalo rifles, too bad the Winchester wasn’t born yet. I have 3 Montana buffalo rifles all in 40-90 bottleneck, and should be considering using one of those...  

Yes, you should.  The 40-90 cartridge is more than capable of knocking down a Moose!

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May 22, 2020
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You don't need to lug around a 10 pound gun to kill a Moose. I've shot 3. The first with a 30-06, the next with a 308 and the last with a model 94 Winchester 30-30. All 3 mature bulls dead right there. Boiler room hits will do the job even with what some might call being under gunned.

May 22, 2020
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Easty308@gmail.com said
You don't need to lug around a 10 pound gun to kill a Moose. I've shot 3. The first with a 30-06, the next with a 308 and the last with a model 94 Winchester 30-30. All 3 mature bulls dead right there. Boiler room hits will do the job even with what some might call being under gunned.  

Even a Zwicky Delta.

May 23, 2020
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I killed an Alaska moose with a model 71 in .348. Only needed one shot. My son killed his first bull moose with his model 94 Trapper in .30-30 when he was 10 years old.

Shoot low boys. They're riding Shetland Ponies.

May 23, 2020
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I recall back in the early 1960 hearing a story about a 10 year old Indiginous kid living out on trapline who shot a moose with a .22 rimfire by poking the barrel in the ear while the moose was struggling in deep snow. I was not there but heard the story from his father while living in the north. NOT RECOMMENDED! I have moose with my 1895 .35 WCF , Model 71 348WCF and a  303 British Lee Enfield.

May 23, 2020
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Hmmm... maybe Kurt should find himself a Winchester Model 1900 for his moose hunt.

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May 23, 2020
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Wow! Lots of help so far, but the first post might need to be read a bit closer. A 40-60 Winchester isn’t any more powerful than a 41 magnum handgun. I have killed more than 1 moose and dozens of other game with old rifles and cartridges, I just need to decide which one for this next moose...

May 23, 2020
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Shrapnel said
Wow! Lots of help so far, but the first post might need to be read a bit closer. A 40-60 Winchester isn’t any more powerful than a 41 magnum handgun. I have killed more than 1 moose and dozens of other game with old rifles and cartridges, I just need to decide which one for this next moose...  

I have taken 19 bulls with archery equipment. Several with obsolete calibers, and one with a .44 magnum. You just modify what you're doing to the equipment you're using.

Shoot low boys. They're riding Shetland Ponies.

May 23, 2020
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Dave K. said
I recall back in the early 1960 hearing a story about a 10 year old Indiginous kid living out on trapline who shot a moose with a .22 rimfire by poking the barrel in the ear while the moose was struggling in deep snow.

 For killing baited deer at under 50 yrs, .22RF is the preferred choice of professional poachers because the sound of the shot doesn't give them away; there's no large mammal that won't go down instantly with a shot through the ear. 

May 25, 2020
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Congrats on the permit! I’m torn between the 1895 and the 1886 on the far right of that pic but can’t rule out the rifles to the right of the 1876’s. Care to tell us a bit more about them? I don’t see the Deluxe 1876 in the pics so will assume that’s no longer an option.

 

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May 25, 2020
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Put all the models in a hat, and pull one out- let it be a surprise. If your tallying votes the 95

May 25, 2020
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I know this is heresy on a Winchester site, but from your pile of rifles there, I can't think of anything cooler to take a moose with than your Colt .50-95 Express repeater.  It's a short rifle so it should handle well as you thread your way through the undergrowth.

May 25, 2020
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steve004 said
I know this is heresy on a Winchester site, but from your pile of rifles there, I can't think of anything cooler to take a moose with than your Colt .50-95 Express repeater.  It's a short rifle so it should handle well as you thread your way through the undergrowth.  

I was kinda pulling for the Whitney but since this IS a Winchester site I think the 1886 would be a great choice. Wink Too many great hunting rifles, too little time. Always a tough choice.

 

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May 25, 2020
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After the Colt .50-95, the Whitney was my second choice.  However as Mike reinforces, this is a Winchester site.  I also agree completely with Mike that a M1886 is indeed, a great choice.  As an owner and shooter of several Whitney-Kennedy's and many 1886 Winchesters, I will say the Winchester is faster to operate.  However from what I know of Shrapnel, I don't see him needing a second shot anyway.

May 25, 2020
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Well, judging by Tom Horn's pockets, why don't you just bring all of them? Laugh

May 25, 2020
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Huck Riley said
Well, judging by Tom Horn's pockets, why don't you just bring all of them? Laugh  

If he happened to leave his pickup unattended for a brief while and someone made off with the entire group - can you imagine the magnitude of the loss?  CryCry

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