I've heard comments from Marlin collectors who are careful to only buy Marlins that are "pre-Remington". It was widely reported on the internet that the Marlin quality went way south when Remington was manufacturing Marlin rifles.I had no idea Remington owned Marlin....
From guru's list, it looks like Remington ammo will probably persist under Vista, so that's good news. Sierra bought Barnes Bullets? That's an interesting consolidation of competing brands. I like Hornady but also load Sierra and Barnes bullets. Barnes is a religion to some reloaders. I wonder if they'll see this merger the way Marlin fans saw the Remington buyout of Marlin?
The Remington bankruptcy has been proceeding for years, like a slow motion train wreck. I think there are some comments earlier in this thread dismissing Remington's woes as a temporary glitch, and the result of a fickle market, with Remington being too big to fail. Remington is one of many large iconic corporations that are doing badly. Boeing can't seem to do anything right lately.