Yes that's exactly right and the Savage bolt has a floating bolt head that allows the locking lugs to engage and bear evenly. The boltface is then in proper alignment to the bore. With min headspace the cartridge is fully seated in the boltface and as you can guess is in an optimal postion to provide repeatable accuracy. It's a poor boy's blueprinted action so to speak. Better barrels can be screwed on, Stocks replaced, triggers adjusted and all from your own workbench. Again more great reasons to consider the Savage. As for them being "clunky" they aren't. IMO just a little beefier but not clunky at all.