Things I would check (aside from the magazine), are the guide rods (they should only be snugged up, not tightened), and the barrel screw (make sure its not pushing against the barrel). After that I would make sure you clean the barrel really well.
Mine likes the Wolf MT, and CCI minimags.
If you like your hunting rifle, you can keep your hunting rifle.
I had a 597 in 17 hmr for a few years ,until the recall, and i have nothing but good things to say about it other than the obvious problems w/ not being able tolerate hmr pressures. It shot right around 1 in groups at 100 yrds and i rarely had feeding problems and when i did they were with remington ammo
Thank's for the link. I just tore it apart again, and the rods may have been part of the problem. The plastic junk magazine seems to be the biggest problem now. I'll do some work on the hammer and trigger and see what happens. I hope that I can get the trigger pull down to a reasonable level without having to buy a new one (I think I'll try pulling the extra return spring out of the trigger). The barrel nut seems to be ok, so hopefully once the new mag shows up, I'll be back in business. I just hope it warms up enough around here by then to go out and test drive it. We've got 4 degrees with a 15-25mph wind and dumping snow right now(kinda takes the fun outta plinking )
Do you happen to remember what it liked? I still haven't even found anything that will feed through the cheezy plastic magazine without jamming every two or three rounds.
Well. It actually was pretty hard to find what it liked. It actually for some reason liked the cheapest I could even find, Federal Lightnings. And like you I tried CCI, Wolf, FGMM, Fiocchi, Eley, but would hold 1 1/2 inch groups at 50 yds. Weirdest 22 I ever owned.
Ok, I got a new 3rd gen mag, and the feeding problem is solved, mostly. Losened the guide rods to just barely snug, polished the hammer, pulled out the extra spring, and cleaned the whole works to within an inch of it's life. It helped a bit, but not much. I can still put 5 rounds from my CZ inside of the closest two out of five with the Remmy. I think it might just be a lemon, a very annoying, time sucking lemon. On the Upside, I recon it'll make a really nice tomato stake. Thanks for all the input from everyone.
I like things that go "bang"... I love things that go "BOOM!"
I know this is a couple month old thread, but I thought I might offer a suggestion. The Remmy 597 is generally regarded as a pretty accurate rifle. If you are still getting groups as big as you were before I would suggest pulling your scope rings off and checking the Weaver rail that is screwed to the top of your receiver. If you are not using the weaver rail then disregard this.
The factory supplied weaver rail is screw to the top of the receiver and it isn't uncommon for it to be loose. Attaching a scope to loose scope mounts will do nothing to help your accuracy. Keep in mind that the receiver is aluminum and will strip out if too much force is applied.
My 597 is WAY more accurate than it should be. I have shot many sub .100" groups with it at 25 yards with SK/Wolf ammo.
Glad you got rid of those plastic mags. The good mags are referred to as "circle-10" mags. There is a little 10 with a circle around it on the metal part of the mag.
Also, when Visigoth mentioned the barrel screw hitting the barrel it is actually the front action screw that can be the problem. In a very few cases it has been reported that the front action screw was too long and was screwing too far in and butting up against the barrel mounting screw. This was causing whacky accuracy issues.