Hi all, first daft question from a newbie! I have a Tikka T3 Lite in 6.5 x 55mm. It's currently unmoderated and the muzzle has not been screw cut. I've done plenty of reading on moderators, but am a bit confused as to which thread is the best to choose. I suspect there is no "best" and that as with many other things in shooting its a compromise or divides opinion!
So, as I have the "luxury" of being able to choose what thread size to have cut and then buy a moderator to suit, what should I choose? 1/2" UNF seems to be the most common, particularly in second hand mods, but it seems to me a slightly bigger metric thread like M14 will leave a little more metal on the barrel leaving it stronger and also supporting the mod better? Could I (or more to the point should I) go to an even bigger thread? I'd like to buy or have made a thread protector too so that is a consideration.
Apologies again if I'm asking something which has been asked a million times before. I know how that happens with forum newcomers - but I did try a search but with no joy, honest!