Bedding in front of the recoil lug?
I have a Remington 700 SPS (sporter barrel) in the 7mm mag, laminate stock. I have been reloading and found a load that gave me .45 MOA. I was pretty happy with that for a factory barrel, but I wanted to pillar bed the action so that I didn't deteriorate the stock over time at the action screws.
After bedding, I am now shooting just over 1 MOA. I taped the bottom, front and sides of the lug and bedded about 2" of the barrel in front of the lug.
I am pretty sure that before the bed job, the barrel had no contact all the way to the lug.
Should I start shaving back the bedding in front of the lug and see if my accuracy returns. I am thinking this is probably the problem.