Are all remington model 597s junk?
I recently picked up a used Rem 597 for my wife. I'd never even shot a remmy rimfire but I figured that it couldn't be that bad. Boy, was I ever wrong. The gun has almost no signs of wear (the interals of the action were even pretty clean) it almost looked unfired. I put a Nikon Prostaff 3x9BDC on it. I figured this would be a good little gopher gun for her (and hoped that I'd finally get my CZ back from her!)... until I tried to sight it in.
So far I haven't been able to get more than 4 rounds out of it without it jamming. I tried cleaning and lubing the action and the mag, and did a super deep cleaning on the barrel, but it didn't help at all. I also tried a bunch of different ammo, thinking that most 22s are just a bit picky about ammo(Wolf, CCI, remington, Am. Eagle, a couple different types of the Wolf and CCI) Still, none would fire more than 4 rounds cleanly.
The other thing that sucks about this gun are the groups. It shoots so bad that zeroing the scope is tough. The best I could muster was 3-4 inches @ 50yrds with no wind (I've got an old pellet gun that'll do better). I even took the scope off my CZ (right after printing a couple 1 inch 100yrd groups) to see if I'd just gotten a bad scope. That wasn't the problem either.
I'm wondering if this thing is even worth trying to fix? I know I can get a new mag and hammer/trigger set for it, but that'll run me almost as much as the gun itself. If anyone has any experience with these guns please let me know.
Last edited by threejones; 01-29-2011 at 02:19 PM.