I'm assuming greed got the better of the Savage management team... I just bought a Savage 93 BTVS in 22WMR and I got it because the 17WSM just looks like a piece of plastic sh1t.
I think I will wait with the 17 until someone builds a decent gun... The stainless actioned/barreled BTVS in 22WMR with laminate stock was also only $80 more expensive than the plastic, CM and pot-metal Bmag. Unless consumers vote with their wallets, the feedback loop on quality is going to stay open circuit and company executives will keep making these kinds of stupid decisions.