Like it or not, if a company isn't in business to make money, they will not be in business long, period. In the age of WalMart price is EVERYTHING to the vast majority of people, I think Remington cranks out Expresses and doesn't worry too much about QC, and takes care of the problems that come back. I wonder how many get stuck behind a door and never shot. If an experienced person gets an Express as a bad weather knock around gun, they usually have very few issues and if they do they fix them. The Sportings and VersaMaxes are pretty nicely made for the people who really shoot things. Again, this is just my opinion. Out of the box a Mossberg is usually smoother than an Express, no argument. My personal interest in pump guns includes only BPSs or Wingmasters; not saying there aren't others that work fine too.
What could have happened... did.