I've been thinking of buying a Remington 870 Express combo because so many people recommend the 870 for great quality and reliability. However, I don't care for the finish of the hardwood stock or the matte finish. I prefer walnut and regular bluing, but that only comes on the fancy Wingmaster models. I would like to hear from those who have direct experience with the Express. How well does the finish on these guns hold up? The matte finish on the metal parts strikes me as a cheap altenative to good bluing. Am I wrong? Does it resist marking and scratching, or does it wear off easily? Has anyone tried putting a better finish on the stock and slide? The pores in the hardwood seem rather open, and I'm worried they wood take on moisture easily. Lastly, I've heard many people say that Remington's quality and customer service have decreased in the last couple years. Have you found the quality of 870 going south recently? Thanks.