The plastic stocks Savage uses on the B-Mag definitely leave a lot to be desired for sure. They're crap! My stainless heavy varminter has a Boyds lightweight thumbhole, as described on the Savage sight. The sporter, or "pencil barrel" came with the crummy plastic one. I used it for a while like that and I just learned to work around it. When Boyds came out with the Spike camp I jumped on it. Decent no-frills stock for the lightweight. As for the bolt cycle, it does take some getting used to. The cock on close was a Lee Enfield design dating back to WW1 I believe. The Britts loved it and it was fast once you were properly trained. They had a drill called the mad minute. If I recall it was 10 shots fired accurately in 60 seconds. Quite a feat with a bolt gun. Something I have run into with the bolt on the B-Mag on my lightweight sporter. The bolt can be cycled down before it's in battery. It's not a deal breaker since I've been using the rifle for over 10 years now. Just another workaround. I haven't really noticed it on the varminter. It's about 5-6 years newer. Mabey its something that was worked out of the original design. I'll have to check it out to see for sure.