Thanks guys, I had read exactly what what you all have said. Being in school (but seeing the light at the end of the tunnel), I don't have the time or money to get a higher end gun and drop it with a gun smith. I'm thinking the savage will work great for me now, out of the box and then, if I decide to move up, I'll have a good gun to pass down.
The reason I asked is that a lot of the guys at the big outdoor stores seem to want to push other guns even though Savage has a pretty good rep (including the issue with finding a scope). All your responses are icing on the cake.
If anyone want to suggest a good local store (I'm located in Bowie), I'm open to suggestions. I know Bass-pro and Cabelas sells them, but for firearms and bows, I prefer smaller shops where sales are done on a first name basis.