Thanks for all the tips. I will definitely open it up before I shoot it again.
BTW, it was factory Remington ammo, no reloads.
I'll also measure the trigger pull so that it isn't my 'guesstimate' but a verified number.
With an empty chamber I can slip the trigger as I pull the lever up to close the bolt and not leave the striker [Savage calls it a 'hammer', but it is a spring-loaded pin, like a Glock or M&P handgun] cocked.
Thanks for all the tips. I won't be able to get to it for a few days though. Please, if anyone else has some ideas, feel free to add them!