The found count and total record count are table-specific, and very fast at their job. If you create those two functions within two unstored calculations in one table, you can copy/paste those fields in any table and they will work. Put them on the layouts as Merge fields, and they can be copy/pasted to any layout; they will work (they sometimes like you to go into Layout Mode and double-click them, to get them to recognize their new local fields, but that's all). Go into Browse Mode, and they'll work.
That's sort of how I was doing it, thought I might of been missing something. I was hoping I could do it from the one calc in one table, but I guess it's only two fields per table.
The main problem was, I wasn't re-selecting them in layout mode. Agree, very fast calc, even on large totals. Thanks for your quick reply.