Originally Posted by AleksiR
Congrats winer! Give us a range report when you have time to take your new toy to the range
Took my sweet time but am back from the range!
Here is the 597. Well, you guys have seen tons of them
It came with 2 magazines. Horray. It's good because it's simply impossible to find any other magazine. Why so few around? Are they made by dwarves on Christmas night only?
As ammo I used these:
No ammo shortage here... but before you get all jealous let me tell you is also due to our laws. We can't keep at home more than 200 rounds for handsguns (.22LR, 9mm, .45 etc) in TOTAL. Yes, .22 Long Rifle
is considered a handgun round.. even if you don't have a handgun at all! Crazy lawmaking coots.
Centerfire rifle ammo limit is 1500 by the way... that is nice.
Back to the range report! First of all I must mention that of the more than 200 rounds I shot I had zero FTF or FTE. I am greatly pleased by this. All I did before going to the range was untightening the rod screws. They WERE tight!
The iron sights were off and I made no effort in sighting them in. I meant mostly to see how the gun would cycle with different ammo and how i would adapt to it. For this and other reasons (including lack of marksmanship skillz on my part...
) I have no reports on groups. The Eley did look more consistent, followed by CCI SV and Rem Thunderbolts.
The magazines are both metal and with the '10' mark. They worked fine although they were quite stiff in the beginning. Most of the time I loaded them with 5 rounds only anyway. Do you suggest to put some spent cases in them and work them to make the spring less stiff on the 9th and 10th round?
The Eley rounds clearly performed the best. They were the only ones that would consistently make the bolt hold open after the last round. All the other brands were rather random with about a 50% success. Excluding Federal which were probably the weakest and never managed to engage the hold open.
Oddly enough one Eley round was canted
the elders told me it was no problem but when i tried to chamber it it got stuck, didn't completely chamber and the bullet was dented. I just put it away.
Federals were probably the poorest of the group (at least for this 597). While a bit more expensive than the CCI they were so weak one was struck by the bolt (but managed to eject nevertheless)
Another case was bounced back in the chamber. Luckily it was the last round.
All considered am completely satisfied with the cycling of the gun.
On the negative side:
- the trigger is HEAVY. Am used to the <1 pound trigger of the bolt action i usually rent so found it difficult to keep the rifle steady during the pull. The breaking is crisp though. Anyway a Volquartsen hammer is on the way, along with an extractor although I cannot complain about the remmy extractor so far.
- had difficulties having a consistent cheekweld with the stock. No big deal. I have a Boyds stock here anyway, just have to make the spacers.
- the iron sights were ok but am used to either the 'circle' sights or the fiber optic dots as on my air rifle. Sights upgrade coming soon (another reason why i didn't bother sighting in the standard sights). Also ordered a weaver rail beacuse i just can't wait to put my TRS-25 red dot on it and see how it performs.
this AK is just an airsoft (Real Sword), but the Ultimak rail is genuine, just waiting to go on the real deal... the red dot works like a charm at plinking tin cans at 15 meters.
Well, that's all for now. I just would like to say I appreciate all your suggestions, and yes I would like to have some of them in the future (especially one lever action), but for now this seems a very decent first step.