"The Remington 597" by Nutnfancy
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Another epic .22 rifle for recreation, training, and pest control. The Remington 597 in most respects holds its own against the also-excellent Ruger 10/22 and Marlin 795/70 PSS Papoose rifles. In some ways it's better: its twin tool steel bolt rails, Teflon coated trigger components, and last shot hold open are upscale features at this price point. Its bolt configuration is smooth and sure and if you're lucky enough to find 100% reliable mags for it, provides amazing levels of reliability. The magazines remain the 597's nemesis. In TNP many Remington FACTORY 3rd Generation magazines caused us numerous problems: unable to load to 10 rd capacity, some not reliable (rounds tilting, jamming in box), and in one instance the floor plate falling off during shooting. The spring in it is also too weak (discussed). This aluminum 10 round box magazine does not compare well in quality against the Marlin and Ruger 10 round factory mags. Unfortunately things don't get any better with current aftermarket options like the so-called Remington factory 30 rd or Pro-Mag .22 rd polycarbonate magazines. With both it was a hit and miss proposition; even after being lubed with Remington Dry Lube inside, several would fail to feed, hang up, and jam especially in cold weather conditions. Some however, like the black Rem 30 rdrs, ran 100% in all conditions. The magazines for the 597 are just a box of chocolates; you just don't know what you gonna' get. Good ones are out there but you might have to experiment and test EACH one. TNP makes an official call in this review video for a high quality aftermarket 30 round Rem 597 magazine on par with the Ruger BX-25 and Tactical Innovations 30 rd Ruger 10/22 mags. These will sell well is my prediction and I am shocked the market has NOT answered that need yet. Another minor ergonomic miss in the design is the sliding magazine catch; not preferred by ANY of the TNP crew compared to the competition. The rest is all good: outstanding accuracy, easy attachment of optics, great sights, decent trigger, a perfect synthetic stock with ideal LOP, easy takedown and maintenance, high quality steel barrel with perfect profiling, and high durability. This is a lifetime rifle, like the Ruger and Marlin, and brings smiles and memories to your shooting outings...all without going broke. The Rem 597 checks in around the $160 price point (always changing) for most version which is a good deal for this American made .22 Classic. My favorite version is the 597 AAC-SD for its shorter, threaded barrel which accepts suppressors and flash hiders (for cooler looks). Ran with the awesome little Silencerco 22 Sparrow suppressor, this little AAC was wicked quiet and fun. Other versions will be issued as time goes on, each with stock, barrel, and coloration variations (some shown). Each will make a lifelong addition of fun and training to your inventory. //////////////////////////////////////Nutnfancy Likability Scale: 8.5 out of 10, if with ultra-quality 30 rd magazines and more accessories equal to the 10/22: 10 out of 10 ////////////////////Music: JS
Added on Feb 3, 2012 by Robglock
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