Re: .270 WSM v .300WSM
Sorry, but I must defend the good name of Savage Arms. I own a Savage Model 12FVSS in 270 WSM with Accutrigger, and the first 3 shot group I ever attempted with it after barrel break in went 5/8". I haven't had to touch a single thing on this rifle - trigger is awesome, pillar bedded, free floated, etc. I shoot 140 gr. Accubonds at 3,340 fps under 1/2" At 100 yards, 3/4" at 200 and 1 1/2" at 300 yards (73.2 gr Magpro WLRM primer Winchester Brass 140 gr. Nosler Accubond COL 2.889 - touching the lands).
This is by far the best shooting rifle I've ever owned. It just happens to also be the best value.
I guess it's possible that I just got lucky, but I've got a friend that got lucky with a Model 11 too.
I am sorry to hear about your experience. I would be willing to bet that Savage Arms would work with you on either replacing the rifle or fixing it.
I've heard exceptionally good things about the Tikka T3 Lite Stainless and Kimber 8400.
I know how frustrating it is when you lose confidence and hope in a rifle. I had a similar experience with a Ruger and would never buy another one even though I have 3 friends that lover their Rugers....