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    I went and screwed up my moose season this year by having coronary bypass surgery last week. My chest is supposed to heal by September and then I might begin shooting again. There is a snow balls chance in Hades that I might find myself in moose territory for a few days in late Setember. So, what guns would be a good choice for low recoil with an ethical kill on a legal size moose?
    The smallest gun in the safe is my wifes .308, and it is pretty short for me.

    How are the lever guns on recoil? Anybody shoot a big pistol after heart surgery?

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    My first thought would be a high quality crossbow. Otherwise, 6.5 Mauser or 7mm-08 would definitely kill a moose without messing your recovery up too bad. The ruger scout rifle with its flash suppressor and short barrel has pretty tame recoil. I love mine.


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    Ruger Compact Mag might be the way to go. Different calibers available, I shoot their .338 and it is a very light recoil.

    Yes its discontinued production for RCM now, but its still quite a doable solution to get into for the long term.

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    As mentioned- 7-08, .308 I've had personal experience with and in the same vein- 7x57, 6.5x55, .257Rob, .270Win, .260 Rem,....even the .243 and 30-30 if you get close enough.

    Moose don't require a cannon to take down- light cartridges have been putting them in the dirt for ages if you can shoot straight and pick your shot.. A close friend has shot a train load of them with the 7x57.
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    I have a Savage Striker in 308 win that does real good on caribou and sheep. No reason that it would not also do the job, with a properly placed bullet. The Striker is a bolt action 'pistol' with a 15" barrel and mine has a 4x scope. It might be something to look at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hodgeman View Post
    Moose don't require a cannon to take down- light cartridges have been putting them in the dirt for ages if you can shoot straight and pick your shot.. A close friend has shot a train load of them with the 7x57.
    Yup. Still the most common round used to kill moose on the planet is the 6.5 Mauser. Sweden manages their moose so well that they take I think 5 times more each year than Alaska and 90% are downed with those trusty old surplus Swedish mausers.


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    I've hunted (and killed) moose with both a 270 Win. and a 30-30. Either one is sufficient for moose and is about as low recoil as you're going to get on a big game rifle. My personal preference would probably be the 270 simply because it is more versatile. The 30-30 does a fine job killing moose, but doesn't have the range that the 270 does.
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    I'd imagine a light load in 308 would be a good option.

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    perhaps a semi auto 308 so the gas takes up some of the recoil and change d the pad to a trap dude style.

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    +1 for the 6.5 mauser or 7mm mauser. The 260,7-08 and 308 should also have significantly reduced recoil over the 30-06 or larger cased rounds. A good LIMBSAVER recoil pad and a PAST shooting pad or jacket would also be a good investment.
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    I am thinking of a 264 win. A lot like a 270, especially if I load it down a bit.

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    Why not .308? Plenty for moose

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    The 308 is plenty for moose, if the stock is too short put a extender pad on it for you.

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    Don't know much about hunting moose but it seems a solid handgun (44 mag/45 Colt) would beat up on your upper body less than a rifle. Most everything is soaked up in the arms. Best of luck on a speedy recovery.

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    260 Remington w/Nosler Trophy Grade 140 partitions or 6.5x55 (Good luck finding one)

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    Remington makes their "Managed Recoil" line of ammunition for those who need a lighter factory loading in their regular hunting rifles. Add a slip-on recoil pad to temporarily increase the stock length and cushion your shoulder. (I just picked up a couple boxes of .308 MR at Sportsmans in Soldotna, for my daughter to use on her first caribou youth hunt.) If you can get really close to the moose, don't overlook the MR shotgun slugs, in a softer-recoiling auto-loader, it could be just the ticket. Same would apply to a semi-auto rifle, too, where the "felt" recoil is reduced, by spreading out the impulse over a longer dwell period.

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    I have used the Managed Recoil .308 ammunition with my son- works exactly as advertised. Shot to same basic POI at regular 150gr. full loads and recoiled approximately like a 30-30.

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    While "Managed Recoil" ammo may well produce reduced recoil as advertised. I'm not sure the bullet/weight construction in 308/30-06 is entirely adequate for an animal as large as a moose. A "PAST" reciol shooting jacket would give the same reduction in recoil and still not effect ammuntion performance or selection.
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    if the short action has some WEIGHT, that will make all the difference with the short action cartridges. I've had a 260 remington ruger compact rifle that severerly bruised me with only 140 grainers. A short action around 7 lbs in my experience, doesn't even warrant a recoil pad.

    308 winchester, 338 federal, 358 winchester.....those are your game makers. to answer your question, my 358 winchester/savage 99 shooting 275 grainers through moose, feels like the kick of a 30-30 winchester, honestly.

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