Two digit models are short action while three digit is long action. I'm still unclear about what makes a 10 versus an 11. Features like stock and magazine seem to run the gamut in both the 10 and 11. Seems like what comes after the numbers is what matters most.I think the 10 and 11 are the same, but 11 is short action, and 10 is long.
This is pretty much it. 10s are "tactical" styled more or less, 11s are general purpose/hunting, 12 are target/varmint, 14s are classic wood/bluing.The model 10, 11 and 12 ect start with the same action from there they change things like barrels and stocks to come up with a new model.
basically they are grouped as such for the most part:
model 10 are heavy barrel
model 11 are more a sporter style
model 12 are varmint style
model 14 is the classic design
model 16 is a stainless version
as another has already stated the two digit designs are short action where the three digit models are long action. Hope this helps.
I'll sell the stock or stick it in a closet and most likely end up keeping the barrel that comes on it. Maybe several years down the road I'll pick another barrel.If you do not intend on keeping the stock or barrel, maybe it makes sense to check gunbroker for a rifle with the correct action length and boltface and have it rebarreled. Savages are well built for the money, but the real advantage is that changes to barrels and boltfaces can be done with less work and in less time than similarly priced rifles. Even some rebarreled Rem 700s will be configured for a barrel nut, and although the Howa action has a slick bolt and integrated recoil lug, rebarreling the action is no small matter.