Remington® Model 597™ Rifle
A Great Value!
I purchased a Remington 597 chambered in .22LR from Bass Pro about 2 years ago and have been pleased with the rifle. The other reviews I've read on this rifle are either "best ever" or "worst ever." I consider the 597 to be among the "Great" semi-automatic .22s ever made! This list also includes the Marlin 60, Ruger 10/22, Remington Nylon 66 (discontinued), and the Winchester 190 (discontinued). All of these are inexpensive, mostly reliable, and last a long time if you use just a tiny bit of sense. The 597's strengths are: great ergonomics for adults, easily adjustable sights, a Weaver scope base mounted on the receiver will not obscure the sights, it's pretty accurate, and the price is great. The weaknesses are: no sling swivel studs on most 597's, and loading the "box" magazine with cartridges is less convenient than loading the "box" magazine on other manufacturers' .semi-automatic 22s. This is not a big deal for me but it is noticeable!
October 22, 2013
Bought 2 and Disappointed
Bought 2 - 597's as first 22s for my two boys. Decided on the 597s because of positive reviews on out of the box accuracy.
Long story short, very disappointed in the accuracy of both. After many trips to the range testing multiple brands of ammo, I wouldn't trust trying to hitting a squirrel without fear of wounding and losing. Changed mounts to Weaver style and tried different scopes hoping to improve accuracy. After many attempts, even the best group with the 597 doesn't come close to what I would call acceptable or come close to other 22s owned.
Did jam but didn't pay attention if it was a particular brand of ammo that jammed or if it was across the board.
September 24, 2013
awful rifle, tryed every brand of .22 ammo, the only thing this rifle was do was jam and miss feed, sold it to a gunsmith, he could not even get it to fire with jaming
January 17, 2013
This is a amazing product. This is my first .22 and it is amazing. I don't have a scope with it yet but it still has wicked accuracy.
January 15, 2013