Most have never held, much less shot a Wingmaster or an 1100
I'd have to disagree with that, seeing there are so many Wingmasters and 1100s out there. Probably more than almost any combination of 2 models of shotguns from one manufacturer.
Surely not all your Remington experiences have been this way? Or is that your only experience with Remington?
When I buy a product from a company, and have a bad experience, I'd rather not try my luck again with them and risk having to deal with it all over again.
People are referring to the new Remingtons, not the older ones.
One thing I find interesting is that the 2 biggest gun dealers in Tulsa will not sell new Remingtons and do not offer warranty repair, while they sell all the B guns and offer warranty repair on most of them.
That said, there has been positive reviews on the Versamax lately and it appears they have worked out the kinks.
Although if I had to buy a new pump, an 870 Express would no doubt be last on the list of options.