Hart Kreiger lilja brux all offer kick ***** top notch barrels. Some offer fluted options some dont.
Having recived a career ending shoulder injury rodeoing, I can sympathize. However my case may differ. I can't stand wearing heavy packs day in & day out. Nor can I pack a 10 ton rifle on my shoulder all season. Oddly enough I can pack extremely heavy loads on that same shoulder for short time frames (load of lumber from here to there or 90lb bags of concrete etc) but continuous pressure like suspenders kills me
I like a lighter weight rifle, but heavy enough to be a stable platform for LR. So fluted 26" #4 contour is about perfect for me.
** plus it's a large enough diameter @ muzzle to support many muzzle brakes, some of which aren't offered for factory taper.
My brake of choice is Jim See's Centershot Rifles "Muscle Brake". Being a timed brake, (side discharge) It's incredibly effective at reducing recoil, & not horribly obnoxious to the shooter like many radial brakes.
Timed brakes don't throw mud, snow, dirt/dust etc all over the shooter, & expensive optics while shooting prone, like radial brakes do either.
I'd recommend a timed brake hands down. Here's my pick of most effective brakes offered with a long reputation to go with them. Plus they're LRH sponsors!
Muscle brake, Jim CSR
Painkiller brake, Kirby
Defensive Edge brake, Shawn DE
& there are also a few other brakes offered by other smiths here on LRH that are making a good name for themselves.
My vote is a quality rebarrel, in combination with a quality brake, & pillar bedding job. You end up with a darn nice semi custom rifle that should really perform well, & will retain its value.
If you buy a cheapo savage, your left with a cheapo savage.
Some folks like em, some don't.
Personally I'd take a Win-70, or Rem-700 Any Day over an ugly cheap rifle.