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Old 08-06-2010, 05:37 PM
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Heard about this site on the Hide. Joined up to see what modifications were available for my .22 mag. Learned a couple of things, like how much the price has gone up on the 597 .22 mag and the existence of Volquartsen trigger and ejector.

I just replace my crappy heavy and rough factory trigger with the Volquartsen. My 597 now shoots just like all my AR's at 2.5 - 3 lbs. Breaks clean and zero creep. Well worth the $39.00 I spent. I didn't swap out the ejector, because I have never had any problems in 12 years I've owned this rifle and I still only use the plastic mags - 7 round and 1 in the chamber.

With the old trigger I could put 5 rounds under .75" @ 100 yards and have 2 fliers outside that group, shooting Remington 32gr Premier. I'm sure my groups will tighten up now, because the old trigger pulled really hard, as if it had gravel between the sear and hammer, and broke inconsistently.

Right now I've got a Bushnell Banner 3x9x40 on it, which does a superb job and holds/repeats zero. However, I think a new high power scope is called now required.

The .22 WMR is one of my all time favorites. Fun to shoot, economical, very accurate and extremely lethal out to 125 yards with proper shot placement.

Good site and glad I found it!
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Old 08-06-2010, 06:12 PM
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to RFC! Sounds like you've got a terrific 597! 12 years of happy ownership -- that's great! It speaks to the durability of the rifle that yours continues to shoot so well.
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Old 08-06-2010, 08:37 PM
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I just came in from my range. The good news is the rifle will shoot sub-MOA @ 100 yards much more consistently - love the Volquartsen trigger. The bad news is I've got some stock relieving/bedding to do. When I put the rifle back together, after the 3 minute trigger job, I used my new T-handle Allen keys. I didn't use my calibrated torque driver and must have tightened the bolts too much. **** thing shot 16 MOA low with a couple of wild fliers. Loosen the bolts and then just snugged them up and I was back on target. 7 shots well inside the 1 inch bull, with slight vertical stringing. Stock definitely needs work. That and a high power scope with fine cross hairs should make it more of a tack driver.
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Old 08-06-2010, 10:13 PM
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Welcome to the forums.......
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Old 08-06-2010, 10:32 PM
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Xshot,
I've had the 597 LS HB .22WMR with the VQ hammer for 8 or 10 years now and it has ran at 100% from day one. I am extremely pleased with the rifle. Remington got it right with this one. JUst have an issue with the magazines. I have I believe eight of them and it seems that 5 or 6 rounds is the max for reliability. IMO Remington's biggest weakness across the board is going the cheap route with magazines for at least the past 40+ years.
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Old 08-07-2010, 11:00 AM
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trade ya
I always wanted a 22mag, cant find one for under an ignorant price.
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Old 08-07-2010, 07:36 PM
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I feel your pain. The prices today are nuts! I'm pretty sure when I bought mine, many years ago, I paid $259 - 269.00 and remember thinking that was a lot money for a .22 caliber rim fire.
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Old 08-07-2010, 11:02 PM
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Ever since I saw the first 597 Mag, I have wanted one, but never cared for the regular 22 LR version. Wonder why?

Finally found a used one like new recently, and I am glad I purchased it, for I have grown to really appreciate this fine rifle. I paid $275 total including shipping from a person via Internet , found it on the Sig forum.

I find I shoot the 22 Magnums I have much more than I do the 22 LR's.

Boy, the thought just popped up in my head. Wouldn't a .223 597 be a hoot!!
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Old 08-07-2010, 11:27 PM
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If you like the 597 in .22 WMR, then you would love an AR in .204 Ruger. .22 caliber @ 4200 FPS. I built one on the AR platform and it's a hoot! I also built a .223 Wylde in a 20" SPR and 16" light weight carbine. Both are fun to shoot and real tack drivers. They all, including my 597 WMR, have a purpose.
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Xshot,
I have a DPMS lower marked .204 Ruger that I need to finish building and then get started on the upper. I really like the .204 Ruger and have a Ruger Model 77 MK II in the caliber.

I also built a lower for the 6.8SPC and had the upper built for me. The first shot I fired out of the rifle hit dead center of the point I aimed at followed by two more in the same hole.
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Old 08-09-2010, 11:02 AM
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retiredsquid - .204 on the AR platform makes for a good varmint getter. You'll have fun with it. I too built myself and AR in 6.8 SPC. I used a Bison armory barrel and hand load for it. Doesn't like factory ammo too much if the COAL is short. Shoots real well when loaded to max mag length.
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Old 08-09-2010, 10:19 PM
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All those rifles are interesting, (AR style ) , but I still think if Remington made the 597 chambered for the .223 and did not alter the configuration any more than necessary, it would be a big seller.
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Old 08-10-2010, 10:16 AM
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Sunset - the rifle you speak of already exists. The Ruger Mini-14 is about as close as you can get to the form factor of the Reming 597.
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Old 08-10-2010, 06:43 PM
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Sunset - the rifle you speak of already exists. The Ruger Mini-14 is about as close as you can get to the form factor of the Reming 597.
More an M14.
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Sunset - the rifle you speak of already exists. The Ruger Mini-14 is about as close as you can get to the form factor of the Reming 597.
or a Browning BAR .
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