Re: Stevens V. S. Savage & long V. S. action?
Get a long action. It's easier to find stocks, firing pins, boltheads. Sooner or later you'll want to screw on a magnum barrel and you'll have to wade through all the information to find the correct group of parts to work.
Long actions are all the same, new and old. Everything fits and works together.
My long action started as a 308 and is now a 338 Edge with a 32" barrel.
I have another action that started as a 7mmRM and is now a 308 with a 20" barrel and detachable mag. Just waiting for antelope season.
The third is wearing a 28" 7mmWSM with a 8" twist barrel. It was built specifically for the long 180g VLD's. No way it would work as a repeater in a short action.
The long actions are just more versatile.