Ok, so I am insanely jealous of Alaska_Lanche's short barreled trapper model 45-70 GG. So much so that I was about to start making calls using Skype to local dealers then just send my wife out to pick one up for me. Then I realized she is WAY too busy to be running the roads chasing down a new rifle for me w/ school starting full time for both her as well as my 2 oldest boys. (She IS super woman!)
Then it occured to me that I have 2 stripped lowers and parts kits waiting on my when I get home. One is going to be a 1/4 bore WSSM but the other one is a project foundation w/ no direction. I wonder if I can build a collapsable stock carbine length AR with 200 yard capability on moose and blackies and 100-150 yard capability on the big bears. The 30 remington comes to mind but would be a bit short on the power end and certainly not a "thumper". A 35 would be neat but I am not aware of one on the market at this time. So I am left w/ the 458 SOCOM, 50 Beouwolf, 450 Bushmaster. Can any of these compete w/ the short Guide Gun? The rifle would be my boat and raft gun primarily. I am also thinking about going strictly Iron sights on it but I am not sure which ones would be the best mix between 200 yard accuracy and fast in close aquisition.
A big concern is consistant feeding of the weapon. I trust my life to the fact that the Guide Gun is going to chamber and fire. Is the reliability there in any of the thumper AR cal's to earn that level of trust?