Re: Budget Build...Decisions, Decisions
If you have not already, give some thought to the Criterion Savage prefits, $250 for a 26" stainless hand lapped, you can get them up to 30" for a little more. They come in three of the calibers you are interested in, .300wm, .338wm, and 6.5-284, If you did not know, Criterion is Kriegers button rifle division.
I have heard of some problems with Mcgowan Savage prefit barrels, but have also heard of guys having good luck with them. Sinarms can do a Savage prefit for you with Mcgowan blanks, I think he also has Brux and Rock.
Let us know what you go with and how it shoots.