I wouldn't say one is better than the other, I prefer Remington actions because it's what I grew up with. I have more savages becuase I can replace barrels, set closer tollerances on head spacing, bulid an accurate custom set up at a very low cost. If the rifle isn't going to see lots of range time, then he should go with whatever make he's more compfortable with (the safety location is an issue for my father on the Savages, so he'll never own one). If he plans on shooting it every weekend, the savage may have a slight advantage with regard to cost. Also, some don't care for the accu-trigger, it's just a little different. Having your rifle feel like an extention of you own body is simply priceless when hunting, especially if you're having to make quick shot.