@texashillwilliam: That is a great looking savage build. You should also post it on savageshooters.com. (I'm not promoting another site, but you can belong to more than one forum.)
I've debated the .260 vs. 6.5 creedmoor, but as you said earlier, you don't have the long bullet/magazine length problem with the creedmoor and you don't give up much in performance. However one advantage with the .260 remington might be cheaper and better availability of brass. If things got really scarce, you could always easily form it from 243 win, 7mm-08, or .308 win.