Just got back from Gander Mountain and for the 1st time ever, I actually picked up one of the 597 Remingtons. Reason I never did before, was that the particular GRAY synthetic stock, has never even caught my interest whatsoever. However, once I picked up the little 597, I was immediately very impressed with the "fit" "feel" and "balance" of this little autoloader! WOW! It just felt great when I brought it too my shoulder! I also liked the stock, iron sights on this gun much better than most others that you see these days. My IMMEDIATE thought was this.....................IF, and I do mean IF, this little gun FUNCTIONS and FEEDS reliably "as is" and without modification, I would absolutely LOVE to go ahead and buy this gun for plinking and rabbit hunting. But if it does NOT cycle and feed reliably WITHOUT modifications and adaptions, then I don't want to mess with it. I have had WAY too many guns, that needed this and that, and this, and that, and that and that, to make them "right" and it's just something I don't want to mess with anymore.
After reading the other 597 posts here, it seems pretty clear to me, that while the 597 seems to have some REAL potential, it does seem to have a lot of annoying little problems with FTF or FTE's etc. That is too bad too, because if Remington could just get this little bugger to FUNCTION EXTREMELY reliably, and maybe lighten the trigger a bit, I honestly think that at this price-point, it could really be one of the best values in a 22 autoloader.
I know a lot of you guys LIKE to tinker with your guns, and I totally respect that, but it doesn't seem like all that much too ask, that a major manufacturer like Remington, can't just finally work out all the "bugs" on a given model like this one that otherwise seems to have a lot to offer, and then just sit back and let the great referrals, and testimonials from other shooters, start making them a fortune!
I do NOT enjoy buying guns that immediately need all sorts of tinkering, JUST to get them to function the way that they should right from the factory. It can be a real hassle to have to send a gun back to a manufacturer, and wait, and wait and wait for it's return. Same thing goes for so many of the Gunsmiths these days too.
Maybe I am wrong here, and honestly, I REALLY hope that I am! Are there any people here that have had a current production 597 work just about flawlessly, right from the start? I'm serious. Because, if there really are enough success stories of people who bought one, took it out to the field and just kept loading and firing magazine after magazine through the little gun, with almost no hicups, I would be VERY inclined to go get one, and soon!
Is that asking too much?