First off I'm new to the site...just found it a few days ago and now can't stay off of it. I know little to nothing about a lot of the topics so forgive me if I end up asking any seemingly stupid questions. I've been reading different stuff here and there and have a few questions to start with. #1 - I've been reading about needing good rings and bases. What are some good brands of rings and bases and what should a person expect to pay for them? What makes some of the rings and bases so much better than or why are standard leupold rings and bases most hunters use not very good? #2 - I haven't seen many if any mention of any ruger rifles in my reading. Is there a reason for that? Are they not a good starting point or a good rifle to build a long range shooter out of? #3 - I've read on the site that the first thing to really do to improve accuracy is to take the gun to a gunsmith and have the following done: action bedded, trigger adjusted, recoil lugs lapped, barrel floated, and completely cleaned. How much should I expect to have each and all of these done at a quality gunsmith? Also, my starting point will be with a Ruger Mk II 300 Win Mag stainless w/ a Bell & Carlson Camo Stock using a Leupold VX-3 6.5-20x40 LR Scope. Thanks for any and all help and suggestions!