I have spent a considerable amount of time reading these forums and I have to admit, I’m hooked. I have hunted whitetail all my life, and I am ready to step it up a notch. I live in a pretty flat area, and have the opportunity to take some long range shots. I see there is a lot of talent/information here, so I am asking for help. I have a Savage Model 11 chambered in .308. I am planning to have some smithing done and I am looking for some advice. I want to upgrade the stock and barrel. I want to have the smith do a bedding job, and possibly truing and timing the action. I’m still learning about glass bed vs pillar bed, and I’m not exactly sure what truing and timing the action actually means. I plan to hunt whitetail out to 500 yards, and possibly do some target shooting out past that. Probably going to use 165-168 grain hand loaded ammo. Here are my questions: 1.[FONT="] [/FONT]Can anyone give me advice on the bedding? 2.[FONT="] [/FONT]Can someone explain what, if anything, needs to be done to the action? 3.[FONT="] [/FONT]I need some advice on the barrel. If I plan on using 165-168 grain ammo, what rifling am I looking for? 4. I have been looking at sharp shooter supply and they seem like they know whats up with Savage. If anyone has anything positive or negative to say about them, I would appreciate the input. We can discuss optics later. I want to get the gun right before I go too far. I will also be asking for advice on load data after I get the rifle setup. Thanks guys.