I have been hunting with a 30-30 with some success but a friend keeps trying to get me to use his Remington. After that TV show I'm really sort of afraid of it. Any input is welcomed.
For one thing, what model Remington does your friend have? I have two Remingtons that are semi-auto's, both of them as old or older than I am. Have used them both successfully since having them handed down from my grandfather. Evidently the issue is with some of their Model 710 bolt actions. All I can say is go to the Remington website and put in the serial number in question. They can tell you if it is affected by their recall or not.
Remington also has recalls on some of their ammo. Go to their website for the details. Safety Center - Safety Programs - Safety Notices - Hunting Safety
Don't take my word for it, go to the horse's mouth . . . .