I am going to buy a 597, whiich one is the question. Is the bull barrel worth the extra or should I opt for the basic gray stock. If the accuracy is not that differant I will save some money and buy a few after market parts.
I bought the standard barrel 597 mag back in Feb. and it is as accurate as you will probably ever need. I tinkered with mine and free floated the barrel and did the other recommended adjustments to it, but even before that it would shoot 3/4" groups at 50 yds all day long. Ammo choice will be the biggest variable for accuracy. Mine really likes the 40 grain Gamepoints but it shoots the lighter stuff ok.
+1 again. I had a choice of standard or heavy barrel (both used - both laminated stock). Since I would be in the field and not benchrest, I choose the standard. But I also noticed that Rem's 597 barrel was thicker than some other makers. Mine also is 22 Mag. Did the hammer change and like it.
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