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Old 04-19-2018, 02:25 PM
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Ok, after buying a very clean 08' vintage 597 .22 lr at an estate sale for $50 with Rem scope I was thinking a great score!
I went to the range and test fire only to be met with FTF FTE and finally a OOB with the extractror flying somewhere unknown.
I think I possess average or above patience level for all things mechanical.
I thoroughly stripped and cleaned (Ed's red) all parts including magazine, ordered and installed a Volquartsen extractor.
All seemed well until I tried to load 10 rounds into the Circle 10 mag.
Surprise, only 8 go in, they jam while double stacking
Cleaned, deburred and lubed with silicone spray.
Reassembled magazine to now find magazine base loose
Result, Still binding at 8 rounds.
After scouring this forum I tried all tricks listed.
Now ordered a Keep Shooting 10 round mag.
We will see what happens after new aftermarket mag arrives.

Bottom line this model is a cheap poorly designed rifle lacking quality of all other Remingtons I possess some 50 years and older, anyone remember a Nylon 66?
Looks like they were trying to hit a low price point, quality being last priority.

Really sorry to see a once highly reputable firm putting their name on this.
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Old 04-19-2018, 02:42 PM
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Think you will like the Keep Shooting magazine a lot better. I've bought three of them and all have been reliable.

Just as a tip, when you insert the guide rods and tighten the set screws then back them off 1/4 turn. That should keep the action cycling properly.

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Old 04-19-2018, 02:49 PM
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They haven’t made much in the past several years besides junk. Once in a while you can gamble and get a decent one. I don’t like gambling, so I buy other stuff.
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Old 04-19-2018, 02:49 PM
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Yes, finger tight then back off 1/2 turn.
Was looking at SS Evolution stock but think I will wait to see reliability improvement.
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Old 04-19-2018, 02:51 PM
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Sorry to see what great old companies have devolved into.
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Old 04-19-2018, 03:08 PM
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I did a rattle can camo in the poly stock while waiting
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Old 04-19-2018, 04:30 PM
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ONLY BUY VINTAGE REMINGTON

and you will be happy all the time, all my remingtons are old well cared for models. the first 597 I looked at ,new, LGS, the bolt handle fell off in my hand! that convinced me I didn't want one of those !
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Old 04-19-2018, 04:54 PM
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Sorry you had/have trouble with your 597. I've had three and all were/are favorites of mine. Yes, I have older Remingtons but the accuracy for price point of the 597 is good. Mine is stock and will shoot MOA at 50 yards with no malfunctions. Others have also had good luck.

Nice camo job.
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Old 04-19-2018, 05:41 PM
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For what they cost they are ok, $200.00 more then a 597 you can get a CZ 22 rifle,
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Old 04-19-2018, 11:06 PM
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Bummer Woody. Dunno what to tell you except I liked my 2 enough to keep em since 2000 and 2008.
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I just picked one up today. Don't know what year it is. 20 inch heavy barrel free floating. It had a red dot site on it. Never used one before. Jury is still out on it. Went out with my 11 yr old son and his 10/22 this evening after the rain to run some lead through it. I was rather impressed . Thats 10 shots at 25 yrds
Now that was the tightest group all evening but nothing over an inch.
I guess I should say this is my first post and I'm glad I found it.

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Bottom line this model is a cheap poorly designed rifle lacking quality of all other Remingtons I possess some 50 years and older, anyone remember a Nylon 66?
Looks like they were trying to hit a low price point, quality being last priority.


You have the identified the problem. All you need to do is pull the stock off of a 10/22 and compare the quality of the actions. Fortunately I had done this before buying a 597. I agree with you, and I would not keep a 597. Even if it were a gift I would trade it off without ever firing it.
Bottom line don't send the rifle to me, I will mark it return to sender.
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Old 05-17-2018, 01:11 PM
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Bottom line this model is a cheap poorly designed rifle lacking quality of all other Remingtons I possess some 50 years and older, anyone remember a Nylon 66?
Looks like they were trying to hit a low price point, quality being last priority.


You have the identified the problem. All you need to do is pull the stock off of a 10/22 and compare the quality of the actions. Fortunately I had done this before buying a 597. I agree with you, and I would not keep a 597. Even if it were a gift I would trade it off without ever firing it.
Bottom line don't send the rifle to me, I will mark it return to sender.
Send any gift 597's to me. I'll send you a gift certificate and a note of appreciation.
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