Great rifle. My son has a good 2000 rounds through his by now. Considered Marlin 795 as well, but at the time, it was hard to find. I was concerned that I'd turn the Ruger 10/22 into one project after another. The Remington 597 is a good out of the box rifle that I can say tons of good things about. I'll give you the shorter list of complaints.
1. the front sight comes loose and the screw needs to be tightened every 500 rounds or so. Should be easy to fix.
2. the 30 round magazines are crap, just don't buy them, get several 10 rounders and you'll enjoy your range time
3. the stock scuffs easily
That is about all I could come up with for complaints about the 597.