I'm a slut for replacing hardware on my bikes with stainless hardware because I'm a crow and like shiny stuff. Having an undergrad degree in engineering I spent a fair amount of time studying materials science so I'm a kind of a nerd and interested in the comparative strength of various materials. Out of curiosity I thought that a quick Google would let me know what the shear strength of M3, M4, M5, M6, M8 and M10 304 stainless bolts is. I could not have been more wrong. What I was looking for was a simple table but all I could find was exasperatingly long descriptions of chemical composition and yada, yada, yada . . . All that I really wanted was ballpark figures on the shear strength of these bolts and how it compares to, say, 8.8 steel bolts.