I just went through this debate myself. I decided
on a used Savage 12 LRP in 6.5 creedmoore, rather than something new. I wasn't looking for a 6.5 or Savage.
This was a tough decision for me and been looking around for months debating on what to buy. I'm not loyal to one specific brand, but I do currently own three Remington products. I was not impressed looking at their newest rifles mainly the 700 SPS Varmit in 243, the action and trigger did not do it for me. I wanted to be up and shooting for around 1000$, trigger replacement and action truing would have pushed me over that mark and I would still need a decent stock. I've had Remington model 700s in the past and no longer have one.
I also considered the Winchester Model 70 Stealth in 243. They were un-obtainable no had one in town to handle it. I currently have a Model 70 shadow in 300 WSM
, shoots good for a crappy plastic stock and light barrel, it's my hunting beat around rig. I've had this rifle for a long time, while my previous 700s came and went.
I've never owned a Savage but after handling a few, smooth action had me sold. The model (243 LRP) I wanted was going to be over budget out the door, so I started looking for used ones. A few months later I saw an ad for one, checked it out and bought it. The target accu trigger adjusted to 1.5 lbs, smooth action, 26" heavy fluted barrel detachable mag, HS stock mad me sold, it also came with a 20 MOA rail and threaded muzzle.
I guess the moral of the story is keep your options open, don't settle on one brand, don't put a deadline on purchase time or chambering. I'm not brand bashing just saying what I observed.