Re: Savage.... worth it? and possible build
is 116 worth 300? (especially if modern accutrigger)
Work & $ changing to 7-08?
Barrel nut wrench, vise, bedding, barrel block (homemade or purchased), bolt head swap, barrel, mag & follower swap, load development (for any caliber or rifle, just a general expense) etc...
Maybe cheaper / easier to start with a savage in 7mm 08 and hope the barrel is halfway decent, but at least if you do the build (with this rifle) you could pick up a match barrel to start with.
If you really want to start with match barrel and intend on switching out the factory one, then it doesn't matter as much what specific caliber you start with, however, you will end up changing the mag and bolt head from this one. All that little stuff adds up money wise. Maybe make your entire shopping list first, figure on adding 20% for unforseen changes you might make etc.. then decide if it is for you or not.
How is the current trigger, does the bolt operate smoothly, is the safety smooth?