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Old 08-07-2018, 11:18 AM
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Very pleased with my 597. Say what you will about it but it is accurate and reliable. Have the Remington bug not as badly as I would like. Own 572 and 581 along with the 597. A "someday" purchase would be a 552.
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Old 08-07-2018, 12:26 PM
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Very pleased with my 597. Say what you will about it but it is accurate and reliable. Have the Remington bug not as badly as I would like. Own 572 and 581 along with the 597. A "someday" purchase would be a 552.
Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while they say. So, not every Remmy product will be a lemon. Once in a while people will see a decent one I am sure. It’s just sad that they have fallen so far and thrown QC out the door.
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Old 08-07-2018, 12:39 PM
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I'm also very happy with my 597. It is not nor will it ever be a target rifle, but it shoots on a par with most 10/22s and other modern semi-auto .22 rifles. Quality control is what it is today at all manufacturers. You can't build the equivalent of a 40 year old Remington and sell it profitably for $200. Look at what they sell for on Gun Broker. I am sure if you go buy a new Model 552 BDL Speedmaster for $700 you'll get the quality you expect from Remington.
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Old 08-07-2018, 11:25 PM
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I am going to disagree. I have seen two new Rem 700s at the range that would not fire out of the box. Guys mounted scopes and no Pew Pew. I have seen Rugers and Savages unboxed at the range, readied and they all fired. None were my firearms, but it gives factual evidence to me to go on. I will buy older Remmy, but nothing new.
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Old 08-08-2018, 01:12 AM
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I have two 597s, both .22 Magnum, both surprisingly accurate. One has a heavy barrel and laminated stock, the other is the standard tapered barrel/synthetic stock version. One is reliable, the other...not so much.
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Old 08-08-2018, 09:56 AM
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While I could give a rat's rectum what folks buy, the Rem 597 is the most accurate semi, <$200 sans scope, one can buy, still. There's a marketing reason why so many barrels are available for the 10/22 and only one or two for the 597....for example IME. JMO YMMV ETC ETC blah blah blah
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There are 11 million Marlin 60 0wners that might not see it that way. All of them purchased for less than $200 in the last 54 years. Yeah, I know Remington owns Marlin. For those that have a 597 that is just the cat's meow, congratulations, your in an elite group that I will never qualify for.
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Boy ?
I've never seen a one.
(A 597)


I have the Nylon 66
A 572 pump.
And now a 552 Speedmaster.

Guess that's all I need .
All three are very accurate.
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Then you are missing out Buckweet. The 597 is a sight to behold.
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While I could give a rat's rectum what folks buy, the Rem 597 is the most accurate semi, <$200 sans scope, one can buy, still. There's a marketing reason why so many barrels are available for the 10/22 and only one or two for the 597....for example IME. JMO YMMV ETC ETC blah blah blah
I've got 2 Marlin 795s that are more accurate than my 597 HB (might change once I get my bolt back from being trued), but I'll take a 597 or 795 over a 10-22 anyday. Overall I still like the 597 more because of the terrible 795 mags.
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Old 08-08-2018, 08:01 PM
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The mags are the only thing I don't like about the 795. They are real thumb slicers
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Man, people can get snobbish about their brand preference of guns! I read all this negative [email protected] about the 597, and my experience has been all good. Changed out the trigger to MCARBO, and really like it a lot. It shoots ANY type of ammo, and I love the feel of the gun.

I also have a Marlin 60, like it a lot and have shot a ton of squirrels with it. It's very picky on ammo, and I've found myself in the woods with basically a single shot when the ammo I grabbed won't feed.

I have others, like them all but just don't get enough time to hunt with all of them. Ruger American, Nylon 66, Marlin 795, Savages, and 2 10/22's. While the 10/22's are nice guns (one blued, one stainless), I sent them to my son so I would have more room in my safe.

My point is, to each his own. While the 10/22 is a nice rifle, I've never been crazy about it for some reason. When I'm heading to the woods, I'll grab one of three - RAR, Model 60 or 597. My most fun plinking rifle is the Nylon 66, bought as a kid 50+ years ago for $49.95. Very reliable and pretty accurate even after having survived flooding from Hurricane Katrina. Changed out a few springs and it's good to go, but does look like crap now.
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For the record I had a used, $45, Marlin 60, beautiful shape with squirrel and acorn engraving, that felt slim and light and came to my tall shoulders well. But that trigger was waay worser than a stock 597. It went down the road for a lot more than I paid for it.
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I have a bunch of .22's and and 2 of those are my favorites too - but the 597 is by far the most accurate and has the best trigger. I love shooting the M60, but kids love shooting the 66

Unless the kid is just too small or is mature enough to understand the much greater accuracy of the 597 I always suggest starting them with a 66
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