I know what you mean about quality.
I remember when Remington was the "go to" rifle. They had the reputation among serious shooters as being the most accurate out of the box rifle from a factory. Any gunsmith worth his salt would work on a remmy action, and they were the "350 Chevy" of the gun world in America! We could build them into whatever money would allow. They came with decently adjustable triggers and many aftermarket triggers would pin directly in..........the new triggers are a lawyer proof joke!
And these old guns shot better than factory ammo of the day would even come close to. Savage was the cheapest and ugliest thing made and they didn't have much of a rep among competition shooters of any sort.
Looks like the tables have turned. I bet I hear 10-1 nowdays about Savage being the better deal. I personally still cant quite get over the looks of the Savage bolts and actions, but they're quickly getting the beter reputation.
Unfortunately, both Remington and Leupold have outlived their fame. They are dying. Other companies are stepping up with better quality control and the "big boys" are losing out.
I hate to see this. I've promoted Remmy and Leupy for years, and I probably should've quit when I was ahead.