I have owned and shot a # of rifles over the years. I really like the Remington 700 action (yeah, I know, it's a push feed...yadda yadda yaddaa..,..)
BUT, when I ponder your post I think that the Savage could be the EASIEST rifle to rebarrel and work on (for normal guys). Quick to rebarrel, the guts are simple and available (ok, if you bother Savage for them...!).
Otherwise, I think that the Remington is nice. I had a Tikka for a bit, it seemed promising as well.