Only thing I see wrong with the Savage 110 design is the less than great extractor but that is true of the Remington as well. Have had no trouble with the recoil lug: I change barrels often from 22-250 right up to 375 RUM (Have all the parts needed to make the bolt standard or magnum on all of my rifles). The great positive for me is the safety to the shooter: the bolt follower behind the lugs blocks the slots in the action when closed. Unlike the Remington (they claim three rings of steel) the Savage has a wall of steel in the tracks to keep failed brass from spraying the shooter. I modify all the rifles I work on to make them use a barrel nut for setting headspace so all my barrels fit the rifles without any need for lathe work.