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Old 09-07-2019, 06:52 PM
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I have a couple 10/22s that I like a lot, but figured I might pick up a 597, "just because." (I've always liked the big-rifle feel of the gun when I hold it.) Just for plinking and target shooting out to 50 yards or so.
I know that in the past these guns had some problems, but I am curious about the build quality of current models. I've read that to work reliably, the tension of the bolt guide rods has to be just right (too tight or loose, and it jams), it is picky about ammo, and that it has to be kept well lubricated. This may be past history, though.
Is there a generally accepted "verdict" on the quality of a new 597, in terms of reliability and accuracy? Especially vs. the 10/22. I don't want to buy a 597 and constantly be wishing I had bought another 10/22.
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Old 09-07-2019, 07:21 PM
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I never knew the 597 to have problems with the .22Lr. I've got a first year rifle that is flawless. They have had some magazine issues and have gone through -4- versions of the magazine and in my opinion, the latest version, gets it right. (you want the black one) ver 4.0

The 597 is hands down far and away more accurate (capable) than the 10/22 by design, that being said, accuracy is a shooter thing. The 597 will reward good technique.

A few 597 quirks and observations:

The barrel nut should not be over tightened Finger tight plus 1 turn is all you need(the receiver will crack)
The guide rods should be a little loose
Be careful not to loose the bolt hold open spring when cleaning
They benefit greatly from a Volquartsen hammer.

https://www.rimfirecentral.com/forum...61#post6603361

https://www.rimfirecentral.com/forum...d.php?t=164010

For what they cost, what a trigger costs, they can not be beat. Will blow doors on any 10/22 out there and always have.

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Old 09-07-2019, 07:36 PM
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I think Jammer pretty much said it all as I don't think Rem has changed anything lately. The VQ hammer should reduce what probably will be a hefty tigger pull. My first 597 was over 6#.
With decent ammo as mentioned the out of the box 597 should easily outshoot the stock 10/22.
Don't bother with the scope combos as the scope will be a cheap Chinese no name model(unless stated otherwise) that won't last if the turrets are used very often.
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Old 09-07-2019, 08:44 PM
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Thanks all. Actually the model I am considering is the one with iron sights, even if I would scope it later. I've always preferred iron sights (at least at rimfire distance) and I like that the Rem 597 has the Rem centerfire-type rear sight that is easily and fully adjustable.

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Buy it, shoot it, any problems are easy to trouble shoot. Gun is easy to work on. We have several around here. Have not seen a problem yet that Al the Infidel can't fix with a big hammer!
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Have not seen a problem yet that Al the Infidel can't fix with a big hammer!
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Well what do you think, are you pleased with your 597?
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I've got 5-6 and I love all of mine!
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I've got 5-6 and I love all of mine!
How come the uncertain count?

I meant my question for the O.P, apologies for the confusion.

Yes I have one and am very pleased with it, I purchased it in 1998. Had to loosen the screws for the bolt guide rods, and the newer mags are an improvement over the original ones. When I purchased it the barrel was not free floating, however Remington corrected it.

A happy 597 owner.
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Old 12-17-2019, 10:11 PM
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Only 2 here one of which the 17HMR and the other a 1999 22lr.
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How come the uncertain count?

I meant my question for the O.P, apologies for the confusion.

Yes I have one and am very pleased with it, I purchased it in 1998. Had to loosen the screws for the bolt guide rods, and the newer mags are an improvement over the original ones. When I purchased it the barrel was not free floating, however Remington corrected it.

A happy 597 owner.
I know you intended for the OP to respond however Iíll guess you wonít get an answer. I was just having fun. As for the uncertain count, my siblings tend to borrow, sometimes permanently, my rifles.
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Thanks for the follow-up on this older thread. I haven't bought a 597 at this point. Not on my priority list, but thanks for all the good input.
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