Re: Quick bedding question, Rem 700
When I am bedding a fresh rifle stock, I use hobby clay to make the dam, 2" in front of the lug. That way the first 2" of barrel is supported, and the support is on both sides of the recoil lug. After bedding I just scrape out the clay and trash it, with very little grinding required. I use clay by the mag area also.
This has always worked well for me. My rifles will shoot around 1/2 MOA with their favorite loads or I'll let them go and try something else.