For instance, the rifle doesn’t come stocked with high-grade wood and ornate checkering, so they saved some money there. But the Classic XT’s black synthetic stock is by far the best I’ve seen on a rifle in this price range. Sauer based the geometry of the stock on that of their higher-end rifles: the S101 and S404. It has a slight palm swell that fit my hand beautifully and is shaped in such a way that my finger aligned perfectly with the trigger. Even better, there is plenty of clearance under the amply sized bolt handle for the trigger finger, so you never have to contort your shooting hand when you get into position to take a shot. This seemingly obvious design element is one that many rifle makers overlook.