I have never owned any of the cheaper grade Savage rifles,but I do have 5 of their Heavy barreled rifles. 2 of them are older Pre-Accutrigger models,a Model 12FLVSS 223,and a Model 110FLP 300 WM.The Other 3 are newer with the Accutrigger,a 110FLCP 25/06,a Model 10FCP 308,and a Model 12FLV 308 that is now a 7mm-08.
Out of the box,most Savage rifles are excellent shooters,and with a little tweaking and handloads built for each rifle,they will shoot as good as any custom rifle.
Savage rifles are also the adult Lego's of firearms.You can build a complete custom rifle at your house with a couple simple tools,and on whatever budget you want. No gunsmithing needed!
They might not be the prettiest girl at the dance,but they will give you all the enjoyment that you want to have!