Love my Remington 700BDL. It's amazing that Remington could produce such high-quality guns, then ruin Marlins. And their .22 ammo... [turns away to gag] How can they make the most accurate bullets (168gr boat tail hollowpoint national match) I've ever shot out of my 700 and ALSO make Thunderbolts?
I don't either. This one I bought a few years ago from a pawnshop. It needed it. I have my Dad's 1940 Remington 510 targetmaster (that I grew up shooting) that he bought for $12 in the early 50's. I cleaned it and didn't change anything. It has a beautiful brown tone on the metal and an old walnut stock that is one of a kind. It has a giant knot in the forearm.I do not refinish Heirloom guns unless absolutely needed.
Part of the fun is holding it as it was when your forefathers handled it.