Sorry to hear of your friends stroke.
Something to consider, tho you sort of dealt with the no rifle issue by buying another one,....You can have your Remington set up just like a Savage as a switch barrel. It isn't rocket science, it's been done many times before. Once set up, you can simply order a new barrel, have the machine work done, and install it yourself. You can change calibers also, within the same basic case family.
"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat." -Theodore Roosevelt-