Which Bullet Weight for 30-06 Moose Hunting

by Michael Elliott
(NB Canada)

30-06 Springfield 180 Grain Nosler Accubond

30-06 Springfield 180 Grain Nosler Accubond

Moose Hunt 2014, NB Canada

Last week Sept (5 days)

I use a Remington 700 in 30:06 cal. My friend who is my second gun insists that a 150 grain bullet is more than enough with proper placement.

I disagree and believe it would be more ethical to use a minimum of 180 grain bullet with proper placement.

I do not shoot over a hundred yards even with a scope and can hit pretty well with the 150's. I haven't tried the 180's yet.

What would you consider the better bullet, remembering that some of these animals are huge. Thank you......Mike E.

Comments for Which Bullet Weight for 30-06 Moose Hunting

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165 grain
by: Anonymous

Me and my father both shoot 30-06 and both use 165 grain. We live on Vancouver island and we hunt deer on the island and moose in northern BC. Our deer are not super big but there are a few of good size so 165 grain is not to big for our deer and not to small for moose.

The Bullet I have chosen for my Moose Hunt 2014
by: Mike Elliott

I have chosen the Winchester XP3 30:06 Sprg 180 grain bullet for my Moose Hunt.

It has the Polymer Tip, Extruded Jacket, Lead Core, Boat Tail, and Lubalox Coating. It has two stage expansion designed for maximum trauma in muscle and bone plus massive knock down power.

It is recommended for tough game and offers deep penetration on thin skinned game such as Deer, Elk, Moose and Bear. Thank you for all your comments. They are very much appreciated.........Mike E.

3006 rem 700
by: kapow

Yes a 180 grain or the 220 grain a 3006 love's them two bullets. If you hand load like myself they are deadly accurate.

30-06 Bullet Choice for Moose
by: Mark - The Mooseman

Mike, your friend is right in saying the 150 grain bullet will do the job, but like you, I prefer the 180 grain weight for use in my 30-06 moose rifle.

It could be argued a 110 grain bullet would take a moose down with proper shot placement. I don't think either one of us would do that though, right?

I have a couple of hunting buddies who won't use anything other than 220 grain bullets in their 06's!

There are many bullet weight choices between the 110's and the 220's and all can do the job of ethically taking a moose down.

Your choice needs to be based on what you feel comfortable with.

Of course the other consideration and choice you must make is the type of bullet you plan to use. This choice too will make a difference as to how the bullet will perform.

There are spire point, spitzer point, round point, solid point and soft point bullets available in most bullet weights. So many to choose from!

In my view bullet weight and type choice boils down to:
a) Which bullet performs best in any given rifle or caliber.
b) Which has the best weight retention yet does considerable damage.

My personal bullet choice for the 30-06?
Barnes TSX in 180 grain.

Why that particular combo? 180 grain just shoots the best from my 30-06. So weight wise that's what I use.

I used Sierra Spitzer Boattail bullets in 180 grain for years and took a lot of moose with them too. However, one year I had one of those bullets disintegrate when it hit bone and the moose ran off. I found him standing in a meadow next morning when I was able to finish him off.

Only once did a bullet fragment, but I don't EVER want to see that again. I switched to Nosler Partition for several years.

Now however I promote the use of solid copper bullets. For the sake of the environment and my own and the health of others I share my meat with.

~ Mark

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