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Alaskan Trophy Moose Falls to a .30-30 Winchester


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John Wilson is looking to take the Super Slam, consisting of all 29 North American big-game animals, with his open-sighted .30-30 Winchester rifle. On this hunt, he's able to cross one of the largest species off his list by taking a trophy bull moose.

Despite a not-so-accurate stigma that moose hunting is easier than other big-game pursuits, these animals have the resolve to put any hunter to the test, largely because demand the dedication to cruise into the deepest parts of the backcountry, where the predators are the biggest and the climates are the least forgiving. That said, attempting to take one with an open-sighted lever-action rifle is no small task, and successfully pulling it off and living to tell the tale is an accomplishment any outdoorsman dreams about.

As you're about to see, such a task was never too much for Wilson, who used his "Dirty 30" to scratch off the largest cervid species on his list in a timeless video. And, let it be known, this is no ordinary bull.

Watch the video below:

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Clearly, this bull was an old warhorse. Unfortunately for him, he picked a fight with the wrong adversary on this hunt. Hunting with a 30-30 is a lot like hunting with a traditional bow, in that your shot opportunities are drastically limited by your weapon. Where a .338 Winchester Magnum could easily have dropped this bull at 500 yards, with the 30-30 he might as well have been a mile away.

The great thing about limiting your range by choosing weapons like the one shown in the video is the close encounters that you might never experience with a more modern setup. Having the patience to wait for the right opportunity to present itself can be tough. But success is a whole lot sweeter.

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