Yes! Thanks for the follow-up. Glad that all worked out well.
Your experience matches mine in finding good service worth paying a little higher sticker price for if that's what it takes. I don't feel it actually costs more in the end. And it isn't even a given that the local guys will have a higher sticker price, anyway. When I bought my Marlin 1895 from a local store, it was the weekend of a gun show I'd been to at which the lowest table price had been $50 over what the local shop had hanging on the wall. No brainer.
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