I was just switching stocks on my factory savage 300 rum and noticed the
recoil lug is bent. It dawned on the the stock came loose last time at the range.
Are aftermarket lugs any harder than the factory ones? Its time for a new one.
I would say that 95% of the factory lugs are made from stamped steel rather than machined and they certainly are not surface ground , the stamping of the hole and cutting out the shape makes for a "bent" lug. Unless your shooting a REALY hard kicking caliber I highly doubt that you would bend a lug they will flex but to flex one enough to bend it it would either have to be made from dead soft material or take one hell of a shock.
The Sharp Shooters Suply lug is thicker , machined and surface ground to be strail and without taper the extra $25 is a good investment.
I have a SSS lug on my 243. This is 300 rum and the lug was not noticeably bent before. Pretty amazing that it bent the lug but the mating area in the plastic stock looks fine. I see stockade make a .250" lug vs the SSS lug that is .240. Although i have an idea both lugs are made at the same place. I sent off an email to SSS about thicker lugs but need to break the nut loose and see how thick i can go.
Well my stockade recoil lug showed up today, very fast. I figured id measure it just for the heck of it. My .250 recoil lug measures .230, son-of-#*&%. Also there are raised burrs on ground side of the hole for the barrel were it looks like it was deburred with a hand deburring tool after the grinding, and measures different than the flat portions of the lug.