Originally Posted by MAINER
Five years later... I still stand behind my original support of using a .270 Win for moose, with an appropriate bullet. I will add that if you get the opportunity at close range, the .270 will serve you better that any of the new magnum death rays. This is anecdotal, but from a fair amount of experience. A bull that is well shot with a bullet that doesn't exit takes a heck of a lot fewer steps than one that suffers a well placed boiler room shot that exits. Spine shot notwithstanding.
Now your suggesting an exit hole is not wanted, a long with suggesting a .270 for moose. Hmmm.... i definitly have no doubts about the .270's ability to kill large game, but i promise you I will have less problems with my 250 gr 338 cal bullet placed in exactly the right spot. Heck i could even likely take the shoulders out if it was on the edge of a swamp.
Dont get me wrong, if the only rifle i had was a .270 id hunt elk and moose without giving it a second thought. But with better choices available, i just see it as a foolish move. I actually like blood trails to follow, and appreciate some extra insurance if for some reason i dont make a perfect shot.
I have shot a lot of animals that dropped in there tracks from a bullet that exited, the animals that i have tracked the furthest with the most difficulty have been from bullets that dont exit.
I am just saying, to take a .270 moose hunting and leaving a .300 mag in the closet is a really weird thing to do, and getting 1/4 tighter group with the .270 on a bench is no reason to consider doing this crap.
I just can not believe the term "frontal area" hasnt been mentioned. eh no point in trying to convince a bunch of jack O'conner wannabees
I would much prefer a .303 with 180 grain bullet for moose then a .270, for obvious reasons.