Originally Posted by SEHunter
Just bought a Rem. SPS varmint and have bought a few upgrades. Was wondering if an oversized recoil lug would benefit this caliber. I understand the Remington uses a washer style lug that is not admired by some, so i thought it may be another upgrade.
So far, i have an HS stock, timney trigger, H-S bottom metal.
Does the Rem recoil lug swap have to be performed by a gunsmith or is it a simple job?
yes it will have to be installed by a gunsmith if you choose to use one. the barrel has to be removed, and the barrel will have to be cut appropriately to compensate for the difference in the thickness of the lugs. also the stock will have to be inletted as well to make the up the difference in thickness. without the proper equipment and skills, this IS NOT a DIY self home gunsmithing project. the barrel will have to be headspaced properly when installed again. i repeat, this is not a simple job to be done at home.
the larger recoil lug may or may not be of any advantage on that caliber. and my suggestion would be to proceed with caution and only do it as a last step. usually this is done on rebarrel jobs and bare recievers due to the amount of work involved. it definately will not be cheap if done correctly by a competent gunsmith.