A combination of FJG's SAUM recommendations, which got me thinking out of the box, and a bout of GWI (googling while intoxicated) has me seriously considering going full wildcat with this build and putting together a 358/300 wsm aka the 35 sambar. Thoughts?
Do you want it to do well at distance, or stay inside 400 yards?
Definitely within 400 yds. While the load data, which is admittedly limited, indicates that you could theoretically
stretch this round out to 400 or a little more, I just wouldn't.
Not to rehash the Chad/NP debate in txtrophy85's elk/black bear thread, unlike my 6.5CM, with a rifle with a recoil in the high 20's, I'm not likely to spend the amount of range time necessary to be able to confidently explore the rifle's outer limits.
If I go this route, the intended use would be on CXP2/CXP game in northern Maine/eastern Canada (have a family place in Maine). Moose and black bear mostly with the average shot be in brush and under 100 yards. Lot's of the guys I hunt with use large bore lever guns. However, having heard them complain about missed opportunities on big trophy bulls because it was 200+ yds away across a pond and it was gone before they could get close enough, I'm thinking about a rifle that can accurately chuck a 200-250 grain bullet that far with good terminal performance. As discussed earlier, a few beers and a few hours on google led me to the .35 Sambar.
My current thoughts on the build are a relatively lightweight rifle with a relatively short (22") barrel that I can carry around the north woods, but not so light that it beats the c@@p out of me.
Still gonna do the 28/30 Nosler build at some point. Though looking at Chad's 7mm/300 build just throws another round into the mix