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Old 10-06-2011, 12:37 AM   #11
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I have a 597 that I picked up as a compulsive buy. I just wanted a relatively inexpensive rifle that fires inexpensive ammo. I believe it is worth it.
First thing I did when I took it home was polish everything down to shinny metal and free float the barrel. I have had no issues.
I read somewhere that people were having issues with their mags, especially not holding all 10 rounds. I have had no real issues with them. One of them was a little tight and would only hold 8 rounds at first (I bought a couple extra just because it makes it easier for me to pop off 10 and then my wife can do the same thing while I reload my mag). It just needed to be broken in a little. Took me a few min in order to get it to hold all 10. Just kept putting rounds in and taking them out until all 10 fit. Then I left the mag filled for a week or so to help compress the spring a little. Now it takes all 10 with no problem.

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I've been looking at some .22 rifles recently. As far as autoloading .22's in the sub $200 range go, I'm leaning towards the Marlin 795 with Tech-Sights over the Remington 597. Hard part is finding one though. Just something to look at

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I did some research then found a 597 in a pawn shop that had been neglected. I got it for $70 then broke it down this past weekend.

After a little time spent with some steel wool all the rust is off the barrel though there is some pitting and the blueing is shot but I feel it is all cosmetic.

Lots of powder residue in the "guts" but that is cleaning up pretty well and the stock has some scratches but they should come out with a little sandpaper (thank you synth stock).

In a few weeks I will have some time to paint it and in the end I should have an el cheapo desert tactical 507 with some personal customizations thrown in.

My one question...front sight was missing and the rear sight is rusted so should I spring for techsights or go back to factory sights?

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My old eyes require a scope so I defer to other more wiser and younger posters. LOL

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I'd go for the Tech-sights. The reason aperture sights work is because we humans have a natural ability to find the center of a circle. I've found that with open sights, I get a bit of vertical stringing as I may not sit the sight right in the pocket every time. If the rear sight doesn't hug that front post really tightly, I'll also catch myself letting it wander to one side or the other as I line up the shot and have to re-correct before I pull the trigger.

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I've been looking at some .22 rifles recently. As far as autoloading .22's in the sub $200 range go, I'm leaning towards the Marlin 795 with Tech-Sights over the Remington 597. Hard part is finding one though. Just something to look at
More stock options for the Marlin 795, not to mention its only $129, beats the Remmy & Ruger in Price & Precision
Boyd's has 6 types of laminates at the moment...
Several interesting synthetic stocks available as well...
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Default Remington 597

Remington 597
or
Ruger 10/22 both good choice ruger maybe little better, but you pay more

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The Marlin 795 also has a $25 rebate from Marlin til years end.

Not sure but the Remington 597 may have the same rebate...check on that. And keep an eye on your local Dicks sporting goods as they have run the Marlins on sale and folks have gotten that rifle for under $100 at times.

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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.
Got some more range time Saturday: still no problems with any ammo. Add Win. Wildcats to the list (also so-so accuracy). It was a bit breezy but I shot some pretty good groups again with the SV. These were all at 50 yards, BTW. I didn't mean to imply that it was a sub-1/2 MOA gun.
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Pass on the 597 and buy a Marlin 60 instead. I bought a 597 and it threw the extractor plunger on the third round. While trying to sight it in I learned the front sight was off center so it could not get on the paper. After sending it back to the factory, I learned that the receiver scope dovetails were off center as well so I could not install Tech Sight after market sights. Three strikes and Big Green is out.

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