Re: Just got a new rifle, now what? What would you guys do? What's next?
If it is a new Savage 111 it will already have pillars and be free floated. If it has an Accu-Trigger, I would not spend $100 for a Timney (great trigger) unless you don't care for the Accu-Trigger. Shoot the Savage before you do anything else. Find where the weak points of the rifle are and go from there.
Don't bed under or in front of the recoil lug. Most of us Savage shooters just bed the front and rear receiver rests and the rear of the recoil lug recess. Don't cover up the top of your pillars with bedding and leave the tang free floated. If you have a synthetic stock, there is a mold release agent on the stock that tends to keep bedding material from adhering well. The 300 WM is known to be a very accurate caliber but it does have it's downside. Recoil! If your Savage is a lighter weight model with the synthetic stock you will find that most factory ammunition will get your undivided attention when you touch one off. If you are not recoil sensitive all the better but if you are (screw the macho bit) then I would work on mitigating that factor before you begin to "accurize" your Savage. I would also look into a laminate aftermarket stock like Boyd's Prairie Hunter.