The 11 best cartridges for downing Canada's big game animals

The 11 best cartridges for downing Canada’s big game animals


Chasse Quebec


All moose are not created equal, so you need a round capable of handling the big boys found in the Yukon, N.W.T. and northern B.C. and Alberta, as well as their smaller-bodied cousins to the south. Shooting ranges tend to be inside 250 metres across Canada, sometimes considerably less, meaning you need a cartridge that provides plenty of punch at close quarters, yet is capable of handling long shots on these immense animals. I struggled more with this choice than any other, but I’m going with the .338 Win. Mag. I realize many consider it too much gun, and it probably is for many situations. But if you have to poke a 1,500-pound bull across a river valley, you’ll be thankful for the extra energy—moose that don’t go down quickly tend to die in the worst possible places.