Originally Posted by lonyaeger
Hey, what a great, helpful response!
It really is, I'm not being a fanboy about it. I love the 10/22 and they are great rifles for what they are. But go to a gun shop and pick up a 597, you will immediatly notice that it has, what would be called in the 10/22 world, a "heavy barrel". They have last shot bolt hold open. The 10/22 does have more options to choose from when it comes to customizing them, but volquartsen makes all of the important things (sear, trigger, barrel, etc.) for the 597 just like they do for the 10/22.
You will also notice the price difference, oddly the 597 costs around $40 bucks less than the 10/22. But my favorite thing about the 597 is that it feels like a "real" rifle, it has some heft to it like you would expect from a remington 700....
They also have all of the cheap chinese made crap available for them too, such as crappy stocks and pos extended mags just like 10/22's, just not as many.
Finally, they also have some very nice (and affordable) stock selections for them if you so desire, the barrel is free floated from the factory. You can easily slide a dollar bill between the barrel and the stock with plenty of room to spare.
Again, im not a fanboy, they are both excellent rifles, it is just my opinion that the 597 is a superior rifle.