I think you are correct in thinking Remington wants to build
more custom rifles
, however the customer already had that
option & this appeals to some. But I think for most people
who are ready to spend more for that special rifle will go
to a good Smith like some on this forum & get exactly what
they want without factory restrictions.
It is for this reason & other changes that I have seen from
Remington lately that makes me wonder about them.