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#5391576 - 07/04/11 08:05 PM .358 bullet choice for moose?
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Hi all:

As stated a couple weeks ago, I will be hunting moose this Fall in my home state of NH. I have decided to use my Remington 700 Classic in 35 Whelen. I have reloaded for several years now, and have decided to roll my own cannon fodder for the moose hunt too. I have narrowed my bullet choice down to three offerings. The Sierra 225 grain SBT, The Nosler 225 grain Partition, or the Barnes 225 grain TSX. I am leading hard toward the Sierra, due to the fact that I have read where this pill was designed to perform well at Whelen velocities. Any input and advice would be helpful from those of you who have experience and know-how in this area. BTW, I took a moose in 1991 with my Whelen and 250 grain Rem. Corelokt factory ammo. It was a great broadside shot at 40 yards on a 700 pound dressed weight cow. She did not fold when hit, and I was NOT impressed with the bullets performance. Thanks to all, Rich.
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#5391610 - 07/04/11 08:18 PM Re: .358 bullet choice for moose? [Re: 99in22_250]
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*face palm*

When o when do these questions stop!?!

Really?

Hemi
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#5391624 - 07/04/11 08:25 PM Re: .358 bullet choice for moose? [Re: Hemi]
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I apologize in advance to all, and to Mr. "Hemi" if I have somehow commited a General Big Game forum "Faux Pas" by floating my question. I usually hang around the "Savage Collector" forum and am not a regular here. Rich


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#5391676 - 07/04/11 08:44 PM Re: .358 bullet choice for moose? [Re: 99in22_250]
bluefish Offline
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what didn't you like about the bullet on the 1991 deal? did it not perform to your expectations? i would use the 250 again.
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#5391697 - 07/04/11 08:52 PM Re: .358 bullet choice for moose? [Re: 99in22_250]
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Originally Posted By: 99in22_250
I apologize in advance to all, and to Mr. "Hemi" if I have somehow commited a General Big Game forum "Faux Pas" by floating my question. I usually hang around the "Savage Collector" forum and am not a regular here. Rich



No reason for apologies....just a tough crowd tonight, I guess.

Not sure myself because I'm just now getting into the 35 caliber. But out of the 3 you mentioned, I'd choose from either the TSX or the Partition.
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#5391798 - 07/04/11 09:39 PM Re: .358 bullet choice for moose? [Re: 99in22_250]
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I've used the 225 XFB out of my 358 Winchester on three different bulls up our way with very good results. I've shot the newer TSX in the same weight out of my Norma and don't like how they open as well as the older ones. The 200 TSX both opens well and penetrates so well that I will use it out of either 358 before I use the heavier TSX. The other choice I'd make would be the Partition, but I'd opt for the 250 if it were my choice. I've shot a few moose with GameKings in 30 and 33 caliber. The 35 GameKing, however, is not one I'd rate all that high on my list of moose bullet choices, especially when you're capable of loading whatever you want and the other two are already on your list.





These 35s were shot through a 9" wet aspen log at 100 yards. Left to right: 200 XFB (2), 225 NAB, 225 Partition, 250 Hornady (2), 250 Speer, 250 Speer Grand Slam (2) (FWIW, these were all shot out of the bigger Norma.)

Lots of ways to shoot moose very adequately in 35 caliber.


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#5391807 - 07/04/11 09:44 PM Re: .358 bullet choice for moose? [Re: Klikitarik]
castnblast Offline
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I have used the Sierra a bit, it would be my last choice. The Nosler or Barnes are more reliable moose bullets in my opinion.
and on another note, I can't think of anything a 225 gr. bullet will do on moose that a 250 wouldn't do better, so I use 250's almost all the time now.

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#5391831 - 07/04/11 10:10 PM Re: .358 bullet choice for moose? [Re: castnblast]
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I've shot moose with my Norma with the 250 gr. Nosler, Hornady and an old Barnes X. Also shot an interior grizzly with a 225 GR. TSX. All but the TSX worked very good. The TSX blew thru with very little expansion or meat destruction. Had a long, tense tracking job till he bled out.
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#5391862 - 07/04/11 10:40 PM Re: .358 bullet choice for moose? [Re: 358Norma_fan]
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I use the 225gr TSX in my Whelen. It has so far accounted for only one moose but it went down on the spot. I've tested it against the Speer 250gr HC and GS and the Hornady 250gr IL SP and RN. The 225gr TSX expanded and penetrated better than both 250gr.

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#5392047 - 07/05/11 04:56 AM Re: .358 bullet choice for moose? [Re: BCSteve]
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Thank you folks! This is VERY helpful info.
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