I just assembled my first 6br and shot 1 box of factory Lapua 105's. What a sweet shooting cartridge!
Bartlein 5R, 1:8, 26", straight taper 1.25-.97"
I didn't move the rings. So, the scope hangs off the end of the rail. Plus, I haven't even bedded it yet and it shot one ragged hole at 100 and less than 1" at 263yds with a 15mph cross wind and lots of mirage. Lucky? Perhaps. Time will tell. Nonetheless, I'm very pleased with my first full custom build thus far.
However, I'd like to shed a little weight. So, I'm thinking of (a) removing some material from the stock/barrel channel, and (b) sending the barrel back to Bartlein to be fluted.
I haven't done any polishing. And, it still has magic marker from the mfg and a few scuffs along the length.
Should I polish it at all before or just wait 'till after fluting? I've never tried polishing a fluted barrel. ...not looking for a high shine. ...just looking to clean it up.