From my experience, I tend to agree with Oky.
Its really just a question of which is a greater ill...the d/a/ to a/d conversions, or the sogtware routines needed to convert to 44.1/16.
Ut you like what you've been hearingm which is the 48/24, and you have a good burner, you might as well just bang it over there and see wgar ir sounds like. Chances are its fine. Who knows...you might like it better. Use your ears, not a bunch of specs and GS posts.
If you want to stay in the dig domain you need to sample rate convert, then dither. Dither should be once, last. You might want to consider recording at 44.1. Many here would argue that the difference between 44,1 and 8 is negligable, and the conversion at the end is destructive.
Or you might find that it ALL pretty much sounds the same, as ungearslut a comment as that is.