I decided to roll the dice and order a new SBL last month.....well, it came in last week so I finally made it to the shop to check it out before plunking the balance down on it and adding it to the stable. I expected a few buggered screws and a gap or two in the fit of the stock/receiver, I could fix that and was prepared. Long story short, I was shocked, even after all the reports here, at how terrible the workmanship was on the gun. almost every screw was messed up, looked like they used too small of screwdrivers. Stock to receiver/tang fit was horrible, not only with a gap, but raised approx 1/16" on one side. Barrel and sight were indexed and inspected by a blind guy as it was obvious with a naked eye that the front sight was pointing left. As much as I wanted an SBL, I had to refuse the gun, just couldn't see joining the remlin return crew. Lucky for me I located and put a deposit down on a like new 1998 1895G last week (hoped at that time to have two Guide Guns). That one is in 10 day cali jail and once released will be sent to GG and become a brush hawg. Maybe in a couple of years if Remington gets their act together with these guns I will reconsider an SBL.