Reviewed By: Robert H on 11/22/2013
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
1st thing. I did not expect anything great out of this rifle, with all the bad info about the 30 round mags-ftf-fte etc. So I ordered nov 3 rd and picked it up at my FFL 8 business days later . In that time I ordered a replacement Volquartsen custom Target Hammer and Volguartsen Extractor. Also ordered Tandemross Trigger Spring Kit while I waited for my new 597 to arrive . I also got 4 more 10 round mags and got 9 in each mag and let it sit for the week.
So it came in and I did all this stuff above and also polished the guide rods and bottom of the bolt. Used 1500 grit sand paper to do this. Put a scope on it also.
This is a very easy little rifle to work on. So today 11-22-13 I went to the range and was able to put the 10th round in each mag, was still a lot of pressure with the mag spring, and I did help the bolt forward to load the first round in 2 of the 5 mags . But that's it.I'll just leave the mags full for a week or 2 and that will fix that. I shot 200 Winchester super x 40 grain round nose copper plated
100 of CCI STANDARD LEAD ROUND NOSE 40 grain and 150 of FEDERAL PREMIUM HV MATCH 40 grain solid lead nose. That's 450 without one failure of any kind except what I mentioned above ,breaking in the mags. With all I did it's still about $60 cheaper than the Ruger 10/22 , that I also Owen . As of right now I like my new Remington 597 better. I got a heavy barrel , the od green stock I wanted, but I must say all rifles should come with iron sights and sling swivel studs . THIS I ONE REAL FINE TACK DRIVER NOW. Like I said before I did all the upgrades I wanted and it is about $60 cheaper than the stock ruger . I'm very happy .
But I don't know how it would have shot before I did the upgrades, I bet pretty good.
I spent about $335 on my 10/22 then another $200 on a Heavy Barrel and it goes on from there,
The Remmy 597 is a great. I'm not saying it's better than a 10/22 for all U Ruger fans,I'm one also .Im saying I like it better right now , time will tell but I pretty sure .Hope this helps
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