i'm new to the board, and have been reading long enough...time to start doing this long range business. i enjoy popping varmints (prairie dogs especially) at long distances. problem is, once i get beyond 550 yards, my hit to miss ratio becomes miserable. ok, so my sporter-weight rifles aren't cutting it anymore... for valentine's day, i ordered a 700 vls (wife doesn't really know - i told her, but she thought i was kidding...i tried to make her believe, but..) chambered to 308. i figure w/ some time and work, this should get me up close to the 1000 yard mark (i realize it is less expensive in the long run to buy a complete rifle, but it requires an initial investment that is way beyond me... i figure i can grow w/ the vls as my checkbook recovers). which brings me to my first question...i've read on here that some people advocate bedding the scope base. i can understand the theory of why, but i want to know how? oh, on my vls, i also picked up some warne rings...been looking for a badger ordnance 20 moa 1-piece base, but can't find it anywhere. somebody point me in the right direction?? thanks.