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Does it take more then 1.63 shots to bring down a moose?
 
The discussion of which caliber is the best for moose hunt has been going on as long as firearms has been used to kill moose. And the hunter’s opinions are almost as many as the numbers of big game calibers available.
Not many hunters will gain enough experience to write down at least one hundred shoot moose’s with each and one caliber, so each hunter praise their gun as “one of the best” available.
Of course seeking the ultimate moose stopper will most likely introduce some disadvantages as well. Larger calibers and faster bullets will increase the risk of more wasted meat in the wound area. Large magnum calibers are often more expensive to shot and have an unpleasant recoil.
Let say that we are looking for a caliber that effect is so great that you should never use more then one shoot (assuming hitting vital organs) and the moose should drop as close to the place where it was shot as possible. If we search for an answer in the following survey, we will see a clear tendency that larger and faster bullets will fulfill our wishes. Ok, not exactly breaking news, but this survey will maybe draw some magnitude of the differences between those calibers taking part in the survey.

In the survey hunters reported what caliber they used, how many shot was fired at the animal and how far did it run after the first shoot was fired. A totally of 12529 moose’s was reported, along with run distance and totally shoots fired. Unfortunately bullet, range and hit area was not reported.

Fig.1: This diagram shows average shots fired for each caliber, per moose shot.
Fig.2: Average distance the moose ran, after first shot was fired. Shown for each caliber.

Does this survey support your own theory, or do you disagree in the ressult? Continue the discussion at the Forum.

 



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