Just a plug here for my Ohio boys. My Faxon 16 inch 350 Legend barrel shoots lights out with both the FMJ stuff and the Hornady 170 gr. The Winny 180s and 150 BT were ok but the Hornady stacks them at 100 yards.
As for the thread pitch concerns, get over it. Unless you already have a suppressor there is no need for anything but a thread protector on the end. Blast is not bad and a simple bird cage is all you really need, if anything at all. I do run a BRT covert comp just because I have one and like the effects of pushing everything away from me.
So far between the Faxon, a CMMG, a GLFA 18 inch and a KAC 12.5 the Faxon is the best shooting and I love the light profile and balance for a hunting gun.
Now, if they would only dimple the barrel for the gas block it would be perfect.
I’m thinking a lightweight pistol build using their 12.5 barrel may be my winter project after deer season is done.
Like was said before I want to kill an Ohio deer with an Ohio gun.