I have an old 30-06 that I have used for 30 years of hunting. It is average in accuracy (1.5" @ 100). Looking to improve the accuracy. Many eons ago a friend bedded the action. From what I can see he did a very good job. I was quite unfamiliar with bedding, etc. at that time so just took it and shot it. Now that I am getting more serious about accuracy, I am looking to see what I can do to possibly improve the accuracy. When I removed the action I noted that the barrel was bedded to about 1.5". Then it is free floated to the end of the stock where there is a barrel pad bedded in. That is where I have my main questions. If I am going to try and improve the accuracy, I would believe that I would start by removing the barrel bedding and go from there. But I hesitate to remove the bedding and find that it was beneficial. I also will need to work on some loading for it. I will be limiting my loads to RP cases and 165 grain Nosler Partition bullets. I will work with the powder, etc. to develop the load. But if the barrel bedding is going to be a problem, I would like to address it first. I do have 2 other 700 stocks on a 270 and 25-06 that I could substitute for testing purpose. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.