I own a 110CL in 30-06 and a 11GL in 7mm-08. Both rifles are not the prettiest out there and after being out hunting with me are definitely not going to win any beauty contests. They both shoot accurately and have have not given me any problems.
I think you'd be hard pressed to find a bad rifle today! The thing to concider is will it do well what you want it to do? A rifle that works great in the praires does not always make a good mountain rifle. And a good mountain rifle may not be the best woods rifle. And it's the rifle itself I'm talking about here, chambering can be a lot of different things and still be fine.
As stated in most forums concerning Savage rifles, it will shoot and it wont look like you spent a thousand dollars on it. Any rifle that you can shoot accurately and comfortably is a "good rifle". Brand name and caliber are all a personal choice and you will be just fine with a Savage.
What does "gauge" mean anyway? As used here gauge means the number of round lead balls the same diameter as the inside of the barrel (aka the bore) that it would take to weigh one pound. It takes 12 lead balls the same diameter as a 12 gauge barrel to weigh a pound. The smaller 20 gauge would require 20 balls of that barrel diameter. The larger bore 12 gauge would require 12 lead balls of the bore diameter to weigh one pound.
In general the number of pellets in a shotgun shell...