Last point I will make.
The Savage target action is not an off the shelf action. It is not an action they stock to build every savage M12 rifle. This is in the same line of Remington 40-x action.
Weather they do more machine work at the factory or at a smith shop it has more and better machining than a pure factory action.
Many people are buying these rifles to shoot the factory class against Remington 700, HOWA, and others. It has caused a bit of animosity in some shooting circles.
If these guys from the savage shooting team took a 308 caliber savage varmint rifle and paid for it and bought it from a gun store mounted a nightforce on it and would go out and win at the major F/TR level then I would be impressed.
We are just going around in circles.
I priced a build and showed your not going to save much money if you want to build a rifle by using a savage action over a custom action.
Check the results pages. In the 5 results I looked at I seen one savage and 1 remington.
International Benchrest Shooters
I also think you are missing some info about F-Class shooting.
F/TR is limited to factory actions and 308 caliber.
Caliber limited to .223 or .308 (unmodified).
Sling and/or bipod allowed.
Rifle weight limit of 8.25 kgs (approx. 18.18 lbs).
F-Open is a shoot what you bring wide open free for all. Now When Savage starts winning at that level i will be really impressed.
Caliber limit of .35 and under.
Rifle weight of 10 kgs (approx. 22 lbs.).
Adjustable front rest allowed.
Rear bag allowed.
Rail guns not allowed.
3" wide forend.
Rifle must be shouldered when fired.
Tables are prohibited.
But hey we all know THE KING has spoken.