Must start out by thanking those guiding me along and being patient with me.
With that being said I have been reading as much as I can in terms of accuracy with barrels be concerned. It seems the last part of your accuracy is determined with your barrel and obviously the crown. I read this at the Hart barrel webby:
Where possible, we suggest using as heavy a barrel as is feasible, for it is an established fact that heavier barrels produce better accuracy, especially over longer courses of fire.
It makes sense to me... Heavier rifle, heavier up in the front, less recoil etc?
Seeing that going with a heavy bull barrel would be a little to much what would be a good contour to go with that's going to allow as much accuracy as possible? I have had good groups in the past with the M40A3 but i'm thinking about going a little bit heavier as my goal is 1 hole at 200 yds. "It's going to take good ammo, rifle and shooter and it's only a goal".
Also; does anyone have any input on what company to go with for what I am looking for? Reading in to Hart, Shilen, Lija, Krieger, Douglas, Broughton, orbormeyer amongst other's all sound like they make top of the line barrel's and have decades of history to back their product. I couldn't guess what the deciding factor/s would be in choosing with what company seeing how they are all similar in price.
I really like how the barrel countour below is even nearly all the way down the entire barrel.
Lastly; to touch on the scope issue. Is there anything I can do to preven ring to scope contact so that the rings are not damaging the finish on the scope?
As much advice as possible is still at request here
Thank you very much once again.