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    The bull moose of a lifetime, but he's face on to you

    So you've called in a bull moose and he comes out of the trees and stands at the edge of the cut facing you at 200 yards.

    He's huge with a massive spread of antlers.

    You have a 30-06/308/270/280/300 mag/7mm Rem mag class rifle. Can you kill him with a frontal shot right in the middle of the breast or do you hope to wait for a better side-on presentation?

    You know from experience that if he is turning to show you his side, the next next thing you will see (and in a big hurry) is his back end.
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    Re: The bull moose of a lifetime, but he's face on to you

    Shoooooooot

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    Re: The bull moose of a lifetime, but he's face on to you

    Then re load quick and drop him

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    Re: The bull moose of a lifetime, but he's face on to you

    He will die, take the shot
    The width of his chest is likely bigger than where you are comfortable putting a broad side shot on a small black tail.
    Ive heard many refer to a 10" pie plate as a reasonable target for a broadside heart/lung shot, that pie plate would look small on his chest, big animal, by your description, 1200 lbs
    Shoot!
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    Re: The bull moose of a lifetime, but he's face on to you

    A 257 A1 right between the looker's and he froze with his eyeballs outside his head for a minute before he fell over, don't need no mag to get the job done. A few yrs ago in Lone Bute.

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    Re: The bull moose of a lifetime, but he's face on to you

    If his head is up, or you are at a lower elevation, aim for the neck below his chin.....

    not wise to try that as a free standing shot though....

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    Re: The bull moose of a lifetime, but he's face on to you

    Hmmm some rules I never break...
    Never head shoot any animal.
    I wouldnt personaly shoot a moose at 200 yards in the upper neck/throat..
    I have shot a moose frontal in the chest at 100 yards with 7mm..follow up shot behind front shoulder as moose turned..
    Not best practice but did work the one time I used it..lmostly can get the traditional shot.
    In all honesty. .65 inch bull in frontal situation.lhmmmm ya BOOOOOOOM..
    Steven

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    Re: The bull moose of a lifetime, but he's face on to you

    the only difference that's important to me is side to side placement on a frontal vs broadside. a wiggle a little forward or back on a side shot still gets 2 lungs, on a frontal a little wiggle on catches one possibly, if I have a steady position I shoot frontal everytime. like a few said base of neck on frontal works also, its all about your confidence level
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    Re: The bull moose of a lifetime, but he's face on to you

    Boooooooooom don't be a puuu$$$$$$y lol jk.......

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    Re: The bull moose of a lifetime, but he's face on to you

    On a fly in trip out of Dease Lake 20 yrs ago I took this shot. Difference being I'm a meat guy and it was an ordinary bull. My 270 with 150gr partitions I hit that moose mid sternum and had a second quick follow up shot same as first. That bull dropped and heaved about making a lot of noise for a couple minutes. Dressing the animal both shots were close taking out the lungs and exiting close to his anus. I got real lucky and normally would not take this shot. The hind quarters could have been messed up. Since I have passed a few times on frontal shots. That said I took a nice blacktail on Vancouver island between the eyes and parted his brain from less than 100 yds. I was doing a lot of shooting then and was extremely confident. That I say is the key. Shoot, shoot, shoot. Like the British SAS shoot lots

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