I don't know why everyone disses Remington so much. I bought a new 700 SPS Buckmasters .270 Win last summer and it's well made, the new trigger works great, it's a tackhammer, and I'd buy another.
The Marlin is a whole different design and I can't believe the company that owns Remington would change the design and risk disaster. Why would Remington (manufacturing and engineering) have anything to do with changing anything on this rifle?
BUT... I've heard that (for some reason) they are not made well anymore. If not, blame the company that owns them, not Remington.
Marlins are also made in NC. Not the Remington plant.