Most savage models in general are very reputable in the sense of accuracy, handling, and reliability. I owned a 223 savage rifle. That is what i learnt to hunt and shoot on. Perfect rifle!
(off topic, but if this is your first gun, I just think you should've invested in a 22lr...you can learn the very basics first before getting into full on hunting and shooting just my .02)
"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government" - Thomas Jefferson