The first is a Dakota Model 76 by Jim Brockman:
I have for sale a Dakota Model 76 in 300 Win Mag, custom by Jim Brockman. Jim built this one for a close friend of mine who took a couple of elk and mule deer with it before selling it to me in 2012. I took it to Namibia that year and shot a bunch of PG with it. It was a sweet shooting rifle...www.africahunting.com
The other is a Seekins Havak:
Amazingly, this is not a post about Blasers. I thought I already owned the greatest 300WM hunting rifle ever built, a Brockman custom Dakota 76. I’ve hunted all over the US and Africa with that rifle. So when my long-time hunter friend started raving about his new Element, I discounted much of...www.africahunting.com
There may be excellent reasons to have a longer than 22” barrel on a 300 WM hunting rifle, but the reliable harvesting of elk out to 500 yards, for instance, is not one of them. Having said that, my Blaser barrel is 25.5”, but the rifle’s OAL is 3” shorter due to its receiver design.
I'm open to compromising with OAL/LOA. I wouldn't necessarily mind a 26" barrel if I can deal with a reduced LOA. I'm not a very tall and/or lanky person. 5'10", muscular/average build.
I'm like you and honestly can't see the need for a barrel over 24".
At this point I'm sold on a CF stock. Whatever it is I want CF. No need to add additional weight when you don't need to.