My grandfather went to the Yukon back in the 1970s and shot a big bull moose. It measures 60+. My father now has the antlers, and would like to do a shoulder mount. I found a cape from a guy who went up this past September to Alaska and shot a 51 inch bull. The cape measures 16 1/2 from nose to eyes, and 31 1/2 inches behind the ears after being caped. I realize bulls get much bigger, however, I visited with my local taxidermist who has done many moose, and he said that the size of the cape should really be the least of my worries, for it is still a big animal. The cape I am getting came off a 51 inch bull. The cape was also frozen the day after the bull was harvested. The cape was also prepared (fleshed, eyes ears and nose split) by a taxidermist. I am also getting the cape for $350, and the guy happens to be coming close to where I live so there will be no shipping costs.
Basically, I am wondering if I should just get this cape and go with it, or if I should pay the extra money and get a bigger cape (which I can for around $650).
Also, I plan to do the tanning and mount myself. My local taxidermist said that moose capes can be a little touchy when it comes to hair slippage. I salt, pickle, neutralize, and tan using Lutan-F for all my mule deer, whitetail, and antelope mounts. Does anyone have any suggestions or recommendations on how to avoid hair slippage?