To the first point noted above, my brother works for a law firm specializing in Product Liability. One of their clients was The Freedom Group (Remington) and while he never could tell me all what he knew, he never told me what I asked him was not the truth. I know my brother and his facial expressions... He could tell me that there ARE in fact two product categories for the same rifle; 1 WalMart and another retailer and 1 for everyone else. The reason I seemed to target Remington more in this thread was because they are guilty of this deception. Much of the charges that were filed in the Class Action Suit against The Freedom Group pertained to these rifles and their inherent defects, but it was not entirely these WalMart rifles. If you don't believe me, and many won't, check the for yourselves. If you or your attorney have access to the Lexis-Nexis Legal database service, you will find many documents entered as testimony. It should be open to the public as public record, but I have had a difficult time finding it there. As for point #2, At one time I bought cheaper gear thinking it was going to save me $$. It usually did not. I bought a Swarovski scopes a few years back and when I had a minor issue, they resolved it free of charge. The scope was already 6 years old. I had placed the rifle against a tree and it fell onto a big rock and dented the rear objective. Actually it was my fault, but they never made an issue out of it. I had the same experience with a pair of Steiner binoculars. They failed during an elk hunt and when I returned home, the told me to send them back for repair. They sent me a new pair with their apologies. I'm glad I had a back-up pair of Burris Euro Diamond binoculars. I Burris still made them!