Well, the years rolled on by, and from time to time I would sniff around for a bargain-priced short-action Savage that I could rebarrel to 338 Fed, but I didn't find any. I had a nice short-action Savage rifle (in 308 Win), but it has been so good to me that I couldn't bear to mess with it.
Then, in late 2010, I ended up with a Savage 110 with AccuTrigger in 30-06. I already had the same model in better shape, and the wheels started turning as I pondered just what kind of happiness I could create with it.
Sadly, the 338 Federal is already fading away, so barrels aren't as easy to find anymore. Plus, this is a long-action rifle, so why not go with a long-action cartridge? From there, the decision was easy, and I soon had parts and tools on the way to convert this run-of-the-mill rifle into a one-of-a-kind shootin' iron.