Originally Posted by LDHunter
Well... You might very well be right but I've removed front pads and front bedding on a whole lot of rifles in my time and have improved accuracy almost every time.
When you say that I "may have already removed too much material from the barrel channel", what exactly did you mean?
You state that you've removed so much that the recoil lug is now hitting. I assume (?) that means this is a new problem. If so, then one thought is that you removed so much material that the barrel is too deep in the channel and the action is lower than it needs to be.
Frankly, if you don't center the barrel in the channel and go ahead and rebed it you're going for your second PhD in Tail Chasing.
A bit of PlayDoh or similar can work well under the recoil lug to see if it's really hitting. I'd be more concerned if you center the barrel with tape, get ready to bed it and it's still hitting.