Well... a little blast from the past.
Last week I was able to finally get the pillars cut down to the right length. I flubbed one and cut it too short by a smidge but epoxyy'ed a washer on the bottom of it and trimmed down with an angle grinder and its as good as new. Got it all glued torqued down and it all came back apart like it should... whew
Took it to the range and it noticeably shot better. It apparently likes 40 grains of IMR 4350 and a 100 grain bullet. I only shot at 100 yards but 100 grain prohunters, 100 grain Partitions, and 100 grain hornady's all grouped sub inch for 3 shots. Mainly wanted to see if there was any improvement, and I definitely think there was, I would say my average group size was about 50% smaller after pillar bedding.
In the future if I was going to do it again I think I would find someone I know with a drill press, drilling the holes straight was a little trouble, and I had issues with the stock chipping some on both sides. With a savage the area you are drilling through is very thin to begin with, not much room for error!
I may do one of my remingtons or my wby vanguard next, I think they will be more friendly than the savage was by a long shot.