EDIT: Here is a quote from Gabe Suarez who says it better than I did above: "Ignore all the naysayers that bemoan the poor quality of the modern lever action rifle. Today all American mass produced weapons will in fact need a trip to the custom gunsmith to make them into what they should be. That is a fact of life. Why is that? Because most gun buyers look at price first and only and gun companies have to present their wares at a price point that appeals to the masses. If you want excellence, buy whatever you want and take it to a custom shop to make it the way it should be."