Re: Savage 110FP 300 WIN Mag "Starter?"
I think it would make a great starter LR rifle! I've owned 110FP's in both 7mmRemMag and .223Rem. Both were capable of .5", and better, @ 100yds with reloads. I never tried factory loads in either one. Both had the non-AccuTriggers, so I replaced both with Timneys (<$100). The one you're looking at sounds like it has the AccuTrigger.
Never cared for the cheapo Tupperware stocks. These are pillar bedded but still flimsy around the forearm area. I've always wanted to try stiffening the stock with aluminum rods and JB Weld, or something similar.
I just bought (01Aug) a used 112BVSS in .300WinMag for $500. The previous owner worked behind the counter, so I got a good feel for the history of the rifle. He hadn't shot it very much (<100rds), but did neglect to get the copper fouling outta the barrel. After 25-30 patches of Montana Extreme she was no worse for the wear. I mounted a Leupold 6.5-20x40 on it and reloaded some 165gn NBT's using H4350/69.0-73.0gn/9.5M. Best group was 72.0gn @ .4175" with average velocity of 3269fps. Smokin!
Two days ago I tried 180gn NBT's with H4350/9.5M. 69.0gn produced the best accuracy at .370", and 3094fps.
At 10lbs (bare) it's no lightweight, but it is steady! Good luck. JohnnyK.