I have been reading here for a few days, more pages of information than I can even think about and I have a question I can not seem to figure out. I have a new Savage 12fv .308 I am working on a bit. If the gun shoots well I will likely find a better stock for it (this one is truly junk, but I knew that when I bought it). What I would like to do is try my hand at bedding it so that if I screw the pooch on the job I did not ruin a more expensive stock, and I can do a better job when I have a nicer stock. I have read pages and pages about how to bed a rifle and a Savage specifically, but the thing I am unsure about is the magazine area. Should I tape/putty the holes in the magazine and bed the lower part of it too? If I bed all the way up it will be locked into the stock...is that just the price of doing business (new magazine if I replace the stock)? Or should I stay out of that whole middle area with bedding material? Is there any chance someone could post a picture of a correctly bedded Savage factory stock I could take a look at? I will shoot the gun some as soon as I have some loads put together to get the barrel broken in (this weekend probably). I am also planning on opening up the flimsy forearm to try and keep it from smacking the barrel in recoil. P.S. About me...not at all new to reloading or shooting, and I have done some decent gunsmithing on my USPSA/IDPA race guns...but doing more with a rifle than reloading for it and shooting it is a new ballgame for me. Thanks!