Looking into upgrading my Savage 11VT rifle. The factory synthetic stock is actually very comfortable, but not much to look at and I'd like a vertical grip instead of the old school rifle grip. I'd also like to flute the barrel and bolt and make some other cosmetic upgrades. It's a good shooter, so I don't really see any need for blueprinting or a barrel upgrade or anything like that.
I'm talking with Derrick @ Horizon about upgrading it, but I'm not sure what kind of budget the warden (wife) is going to let me have yet. If it's insufficient to do what I really want, I might end up going with a Boyds stock and no fluting, muzzle threading, etc. that I would have Derrick do.
Question 1: if I go to the Boyds, would I have to buy new bottom metal? If so, who makes the most popular one and how much is it? My 11VT has a detachable mag, but it's a plastic mag and the receptacle appears to be molded into the stock. Also, has anyone here got the high-grade walnut from Boyds? If so, can you post a picture?
Question 2: how hard is it to inlet the barrel channel for a varmint/heavy barrel? (not quite a 100% bull barrel I don't think) I don't know anything about bedding/pillaring and don't particularly have any desire to learn about it. Should I just have a gunsmith do all of this including inletting the barrel channel or is the bedding/pillaring even necessary?