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Well I found out today I was drawn for a moose tag.It's only my second try, so I'm pretty happy.

Now, the only rifle I have is a Savage 170 pump action, in .30-30. How many here have experience doing the job with that round? I've heard some good things about using .30-30 on moose, as long as it's within 100 yards or so.
 

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as you understand the limits of your tools it will work fine, 30-30 was the primary rifle for hunting everything for many generations.
 

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Well I found out today I was drawn for a moose tag.It's only my second try, so I'm pretty happy.

Now, the only rifle I have is a Savage 170 pump action, in .30-30. How many here have experience doing the job with that round? I've heard some good things about using .30-30 on moose, as long as it's within 100 yards or so.
i know my uncle used my 30-30 marlin for many years and have shot many moose with it...and even dropped them right on the spot.
seen him shoot them as far as 200 yards and only run 40 yards!
 

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Well I found out today I was drawn for a moose tag.It's only my second try, so I'm pretty happy.

Now, the only rifle I have is a Savage 170 pump action, in .30-30. How many here have experience doing the job with that round? I've heard some good things about using .30-30 on moose, as long as it's within 100 yards or so.
TheCoachZed - buy some "Hornady Lever revolution" ammunition for that 30-30 and you will see that gun get a whole new attitude. My father bought some for his a couple of years ago and what a difference. At 100 yards I had it lined up perfectly using his old ammunition and when I started to shoot the Hornadys it was 11" high. Should work fine on a moose if you understand it's limitations.
 

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Hey Coach; a bit of the same. No question if you limit your shooting distance the 30-30 can get the job done. However, think about the area you plan to hunt, how you plan to hunt it and who you are going to get (if anyone) for a second gun. If you find a good pond (should be lots around this year with all the water!) and the shots you'll have to make are under 200 yards, then I'd go with your 30-30. However, if you, like many of us, end up in a clearcut or a series of them that you plan to drive/scout during the days, I'd suggest you borrow something bigger like a 30-06 that can get the job done well up to 300-400 yards. Whatever gun you take, be sure you go to the range prior to see just exactly what they will do at these distances, then you won't be surprised the day of if you miss, or things don't go as planned.

The biggest fear would be going with and relying on your 30-30, then ending up in a position where you see a big old mossy back that's 300 yards away. If you are a very patient man, you may not have problem, or if your caller is quite skilled at bringing them in close, you may still be OK. However, you gotta remember there are only THREE days. That means that chances are not as plentiful. If you are hunting up north (say zones 2,3,4,5,6,7,8) then you still may be oK because the moose numbers there are high enough you'll get numerous chances. But if you are in the south, and not in zones 15, 20, or 23..... I'd ask a hunting buddy of mine that has a 30-06 to purchase the second licence and IF you end up in a pickle where your moose is a bit farther away, you then have options.

We have tried moosing twice now with archery. The first year, we went with no back-up. We were set up on a small pond, and ideal for a close 20-30 yard shot. However, some raving idiots decided to have a 4-wheel mud bog on our pond (actually no interest in mud bogging, just tormenting us moose hunters) and things with our setup changed in 5 minutes. We had to relocate, and the odds became hugely against us. We actually had to suspend day 2 for a trip BACK out of the woods, gain a new weapon, and then try our luck day 3. Things improved, but our distance from the moose burnt us. A huge 28 poit bull was on his way to my call, but Mr. "Johnny on the spot" shot him on his way to us as he crossed a cut road coming in. easy come, easy go.
 

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Your probably wondering what happened in year 2. Our main man took his bow, and this time he had the designate hunter buy a licence and bring his 30-06. We were set up in a cut, and had all in our favour for a decent 30 yard archery shot. At sun-up there were moose everywhere, but the one that answered us about 150 yards off was quite a bull. He bagan coming our way, but another caller in the cut behind us began calling and this bull couldn't make up his mind where he was going. We had a phenomenal caller, and he kept turning the bull back to us....but we kept this back and forth up just long enough that after about 1.2 an hour, he had moved enough that our archery man with the licence could now see the bull's rack from his tree stand.

It took him all of 10 seconds to lower the bow and whisper...."SEND UP THE RIFLE!!!" Up it went, down came the bull at about 100 yards. Who knows how it would ahve turned out eventually, but it sure felt mighty fine to have the option to down this big boy given how things changed in a hurry.
 

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Your probably wondering what happened in year 2. Our main man took his bow, and this time he had the designate hunter buy a licence and bring his 30-06. We were set up in a cut, and had all in our favour for a decent 30 yard archery shot. At sun-up there were moose everywhere, but the one that answered us about 150 yards off was quite a bull. He bagan coming our way, but another caller in the cut behind us began calling and this bull couldn't make up his mind where he was going. We had a phenomenal caller, and he kept turning the bull back to us....but we kept this back and forth up just long enough that after about 1.2 an hour, he had moved enough that our archery man with the licence could now see the bull's rack from his tree stand.

It took him all of 10 seconds to lower the bow and whisper...."SEND UP THE RIFLE!!!" Up it went, down came the bull at about 100 yards. Who knows how it would ahve turned out eventually, but it sure felt mighty fine to have the option to down this big boy given how things changed in a hurry.
I'm still not decided on who the second gun will be, but I have enough friends with .303's and .30-06's that I know I can get my hands on one if I need it.

I'm hunting in Zone 20. I have three or four spots in mind, but I'm going to scout for the rest of the summer. I know spots where I've seen lots of moose, but they are really spots you'd have to get to by boat.

I'm hunting in Zone 20 and have a pretty good idea of where I will be shooting.
 

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Zone 20 is a good zone. I've hunted in that zone 4 times with mixed results. Most times the biggest problem we've had were other hunters. Lots of tags.
 

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Well I found out today I was drawn for a moose tag.It's only my second try, so I'm pretty happy.

Now, the only rifle I have is a Savage 170 pump action, in .30-30. How many here have experience doing the job with that round? I've heard some good things about using .30-30 on moose, as long as it's within 100 yards or so.
I love the 30-30 and the 32winchester special. you can probably drop any north american game out to 200yds with them.
 
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