So, at the moment i'm shopping for a .270
Looking at the Sako 85 as an example, it can be bought with a 20" barrel factory screwcut for a moderator, or with a 22" unthreaded barrel.
It's my understanding that a .270 performs better with a 22"+ barrel, eg less fireworks and higher velocity.
Would I be better off getting the longer barrel version and then getting it screwcut locally or does it not matter too much? Am I being too picky here?
I know the moderator will help to lessen the fireworks on the 20" barrel, but will it help in any way to keep the velocity up too?
Velocity is more of a concern here than usual as there's a good chance i'll be using lead free which I understand needs to be driven as fast as possible to ensure adequate expansion. I'm not overly concerned about the total overall length of barrel and moderator combined.
Any thoughts chaps?