Re: savage 110?
I've got a bunch of Savages. I love them. I also prefer the Accutrigger so I wouldn't buy and old beater without that feature. Once you get an action, you can swap barrels and bolt heads and stocks and such and make whatever you want. I just turned a 270 Win into a 300 RUM and my first try at a couple of loads ran 1.5" at 200 yards with the 210 Berger VLDs. I'm figuring I can improve on that with a little tweaking. The barrel is a factory varmit contour stainless that cost me $100 from Numrich's website.
Another example, if you want to push the envelope, you can get a prefit (for Savage actions) stainless 338 Edge barrel from McGowen for about $330. Throw a brake on it, and $100 for a Boyd's laminate stock, a comp lug, mag bolt head and bedding job and you have just created a long range hammer. With RL-33 the Edge really is a hammer. My nephew is getting 0.5 MOA running the 300 grain Bergers at 3040 fps out of his Edge. That is 6150 ft lbs with a bullet that just doesn't slow down.
One caveat, you need a good barrel vice and barrel nut wrench to get the 100-200 ft lbs torque to put a barrel on properly. You also need go/no-go gagues.