Originally Posted by upacreek
Thanks for the input. Any suggestions as to barrel length? I decided on 26", but could be swayed shorter. Considering a fluted #6 CM from krieger. I ride 4 hrs each way to my elk camp and hike steep mountains. If I go stainless what finish holds up to a gun scabbard? Because I hike a lot a #4 is tempting. You guys think a #4 would be heavy enough to make 4-5" groups at 600yds?
All finishes will show wear from constant rubbing in a lined scabbard. The best scabbard lining actually is nothing but soft goat or calf skin leather. Sheepskin looks great but in truth it's pretty abrasive.
Cerakote is the most resistant of all finishes if it's applied properly, baked in, and allowed the proper curing time.