If you had 600 or so dollars to spend which way would you go?
If I had $600 total to spend I'd get theSavage 11 THXP
with Nikon scope.
If I wanted to spend just $600 on a rifle without optics I'd get a Remington Model 7
, throw a Leupold VX2 3-9X40 and go hunting.
Swaping barrels out on a Savage is easy to do, but I find I don't swap barrels out. I build the rifle I want and sell off the old barrel. If the Savage was a true switch barrel rifle then I might find it a little more appealing to own just one receiver and several different barrels, but it isn't so I like one barrel per receiver.