If he goes with a Stevens action and custom stock he'll still be at or below the cost of the 10 FP, and it will be just as accurate since both are Savage factory barrels. I'll agree with the OP also, as someone who's built a few bolt guns and AR's, there is something satisfying about building your own rifles even if you don't save anything or even spend a little more in the end. Building is a hobby of its own, which may not appeal to everyone, but is something that some of us truly enjoy. Same reason I handload even when in some instances the cost savings are minimal. These are all just different aspects of the shooting sports to be enjoyed.