Re: bolt sticking
just my thinking but after your smith inspects I would take it and note from your smith to the store you got it from. They should back up their sales and make it right with you. Myself if I sold it to you and it was indeed defective I would replace it and deal with Remington, you shouldn't have to.
Keep in mind the animals we shoot for food and display are not bullet proof. Contrary to popular belief, they bleed and die just like they did a hundred years ago. Being competent with a given rifle is far more important than impressive ballistics and poor shootability. High velocity misses never put a steak in the freezer.