I wish things were different but you are exactly right. Remington is a former shell of a once great and mighty gun company. No more. I have never seen a company go down hill so fast. End of an era. I am done trying to figure it out. My approach at this point will simply be to avoid them period. That way if I don't purchase their products I don't have to deal with all the problems. With so many other really good choices out there we shouldn't have to. Good luck to you as well. Hope the gunsmith doesn't get too deep into your wallet to fix all those problems. Looks like another Tikka for me on my next purchase. Good luck and be safe.