Now, I know where from you speak with the accuracy thing. Got mine about 20 years ago in 7mm rem mag. It is VERY picky about bullets, never seen a danged rifle so picky. To date, the only bullets I've found it likes that it will shoot MOA with are a 150 Sierra game king and the 160 Nosler partition. I've gotten groups that looked more like shotgun patterns with some bullets. I tried a LOT of 'em, too, not everything available, but a good dozen different bullets some of which work great in other guns, like the Barnes. I think that's the barrel, myself. I'm sure the pillar bedding is great on the new ones. I free floated the Savage and got a rounder group out of it, really helped it shoot from a hot barrel. But, even with a new Savage, I'd say be prepared to try a lot of bullets. The bullet is the key. I tried 5 different powders with my 7, didn't really make a lot of difference. It was the bullet that was the fly in the ointment. My Savage is not my favorite rifle by a long shot. That would go to my little .308 M7 Remington stainless. But, I did get the old beast to shoot MOA with a couple of loads and I've killed 6 deer with it using the Sierra game king load, one a mulie 370 yards across a New Mexico canyon. All just MHO from messing with my own older Savage. YMM and probably will V.