The finished barrel length will be the same as the forend. The moderator will then extend about 4" beyond that and be reflexes back to where the rail stops.
I have a picatinny rail to mount to the barrel, but I am debating whether or not to drill the barrel or whether I can get weld nuts spot welded onto the barrel. That shouldn't affect the integrity of the barrel because the heat is only localised. Certainly no more that drilling anyway.
Looking sweet mate. You could silver solder the rail. Less intrusive than welding and not drilling in to the barrel like screws.Very strong aswell when done right. That been said I've not seen it on scope mounts on something with as much potential for recoil as yours!
Maybe very shallow screws/studs and then rail soldered on. Screws/studs purely there to arrest rearward motion.
Yeah, that's another option. I still need it to be easily removable though, as you can't take the barrel off for whatever reason if there is anything substantial attached due to the way in which the no1 action is put together.
Not that I intend removing the barrel once it is on. Until it need re-barrelling at least.
Yeah CWP. It would seem that they are currently the only manufacturer of laminate rifle blanks in the world at the moment. The supplier in the states that supplies boyds, and richards microfit etc has burnt down!
Hit a slight snag in that the pilot is too small. The barrel is on the large side of the tolerance and the pilot is on the small side. Both are within tolerance but cannot be used together. Unfortunately that means I also can't complain to PTG. So, I'm going to have to make up a new pilot for it. Not a big job, but something I hadn't thought about.
Otherwise, it has just been the day job and other things getting in the way of progress on it. My target now is early October.