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Old 10-03-2011, 12:52 AM   #1
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Default Remington 597, Any Good?

I've got 125$ Saved up from my birthday last week (It was the 21st)

I'm looking into getting a Remington 597 .22 rounds. Is anyone here experienced with the Remington 597? I won't really be hunting much. Maybe just shooting ground squirrels near bristol when I have the time to drive out there.
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Old 10-03-2011, 01:16 AM   #2
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i have the 597 with the vrt stock. it jams with the remington or winchester valve pack ammo but if you use (i forget what ammo it is. pm if you get the gun ill do the research and tell you)
other than that its a pretty good gun

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If you can find a used ruger 10/22 for about the same money that would be a better long term rifle. Easy to upgrade, not so with the so very average rem. 597.

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I bought a 597 VTR this summer and after 1500 rounds with just one FTE it is working flawlessly and is very accurate. The Ruger 10-22 is also an excellent rifle. Just a matter of which one you prefer to own.

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RimfireCentral.com - Rimfire Community!. has a blog just for the 597.
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At first I liked mine. Then I had some trouble with feeding & the ejector fell out. All of that was easily fixed & now, two years & a lot of rounds later I can say that I really like my 597.

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I purchased the one I have for less then that . I have had it for about 5 years now and at the time of purchase I think I paid 28.00 .
And yes I filled out all the paper work for it . I worked for a place that sold fire arms and when they had something that was sent back to be fixed and came back with nothing done . I would check it out and when they offered me the chance to purchase it I would. I miss not selling fire arms or should I say I miss getting them cheep.
The only reason that it was sent back to be fixed was after the last shell was fired there was a safty built in the clip that kept the gun from being dry fired. And no one knew this.

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I've had a 597 for about 3 years now, the "target" model, and Ilove it. It gets a tad tempermental after 2 or 300 rounds an hour, but it's got like 2K through it at least, and still runs like a dream. It fires everything from high velocity/bulk ammo, to winchester subsonics, and pretty well I might add

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We had a lot of jamming and misfeed problems with ours, regardless of ammo make and despite keeping it clean enough to eat off. The boltrails and springs are a b*tch to get back in.

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I bought mine "lightly used" from GunBroker. I had read about some of the issues, tips & advice concerning the 597 so I was prepared to do a little bit of work to insure reliability & proper function. The biggest problem seems to be that the set screws that hold the bolt rails in place are over-tightened. They should be just touching the rails and Loc-tited (blue!). Another thing I did was polish the snot out of the rails & stone and polish the under side of the bolt. I also like to use a moly grease on rails, etc. when I'm breaking in a new gun. But, YMMV...
I've only had time to take it out once so far, but it shot ~100 rounds with ZERO problems. Even with the cheapo factory scope & pretty heavy trigger, I was able to shoot several <.5" groups with CCI SV. It was also pretty accurate with Mini-Mags, not too bad with Lightnings & Blazers & so-so with Federal 750s.

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