I too looked at that gun and was really interested in until a friend pointed out that if you took the muzzle brake
off it would actually be like a 23 inch barrel, I guess the muzzle brake is pretty long on that gun, but he said the data that the guys who were using a true 26 inch barrel would not be the same in the savage. Whether that true or not?????
I feel your pain as it seems some guns are just a plain pain the behind to develop a load for. Good luck. You might want to look at maybe a faster burning powder, maybe a H4350 or H4831, don't rule out trying different primers too. Good luck and good shootin.