At some point in time, Savage did drill and tap from the factory. I do not know when that started.
But that aside, you have the opportunity to own a really cool old(er) gun, a gun than few if any of your peers will own, and a gun for which you can get history for and can carry the stories forward. To me that is worth something. Get it, gather up all the history and family stories that go with it. Right them down. And keep it going when you pass it on.
Your kid, grandson, or great grandson will appreciate that 50 years from now!
Big LSWC's rule