Old Rifles for Moose Hunting
by Rob Gerald
The 38-55 Winchester Cartridge
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New to Moose Hunting with Old Rifles
This is a fantastic website....thanks for putting it on. At 41 and relatively new to hunting I have a couple of questions. 1.
Will the old 303 British my dad gave me work on these big animals.....I'm going north this fall with some wily seasoned hunting co-workers.2.
Dad also gave me his dads model 94 Winchester 38-55. What a beautiful old gun with a rich history in our family.
Anyhow, will the factory Winchester loads work on moose? I could near ride the bullet at 1320 fps!!!!!!
Welcome to the world of moose hunting Rob. You'll love it!
I'll answer your questions in order.1)
A new world record moose was shot last fall in the Yukon. The hunter (Heinz Naef) was out hunting for moose when he called in his monster which was a whopping 75 1/4 inches across. Incredible eh?
Why am I telling you this?
He shot this moose with a .303 British!
"Armed with his old British .303 with open sights, the 26-year resident of Dawson fired twice into the vital organs, and then fired a third time to finish the kill at 11:30 in the morning."
Quoted from http://www.whitehorsestar.com/archive/story/moose-may-be-in-running-for-world-record/
Earlier in 2014, after the required drying period the Yukon moose was declared the new world record.Never underestimate the power of a well placed bullet!2)
The 38-55 is not a caliber that I am familiar with. All I know is what the designation stands for .38 diameter bullet with 55 grains (by weight) of black powder.
The 255 grain bullet of the 38-55 is definitely suited to moose hunting, my concern would be the lose of energy at extended ranges.
The 38-55 according to Wikipedia is a decent deer and bear rifle and they also go on to say that the 38-55 is quite accurate.
Are there factory loads available for this caliber?
Like any moose hunting rifle, the hunter should (must) rely on his or hers ability to get the right shot placement. With a slow cartridge like the 38-55 you'd have to be pretty sure that you have a clear (and short distance) shot at vitals. But, it could be done for sure.The vital shot is one I recommend
to every hunter, novice or experienced. With that shot your animal will be dispatched quickly and humanely.Mark"The Moose Man"