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Old 04-01-2007, 09:52 PM
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Rem 597 22lr

Hey, Does anyone have any experience with one of these? My wife got me one for christmas a few years ago and it has always had a bad feeding problem. A couple of months after I got it I baught another mag for it and it still won't feed right. I know that Rem has changed the mag from the original version. How do I know which version I have? Both of the mags I have are pot-metal with plastic on the bottom. Thanks Tom
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Old 04-01-2007, 10:01 PM
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Re: Rem 597 22lr

Sorry, forgot to mention I have tried several different brands of 22 ammo with no luck feeding properly thus far.
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Old 04-02-2007, 04:08 AM
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Re: Rem 597 22lr

I too had purchased one about4 years ago, but I took it back because of the feeding problem, don't know if they changed the clip, but it seemed like it would work better if I didn't top the mag off.
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Old 04-02-2007, 06:25 AM
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Re: Rem 597 22lr

The problem is with the magazines. Remington has had three versions of its magazine, and the so called third generation seems to have fixed the problems. For a detail description and pictures of the magazines, check out http://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums...play.php?f=21]

Look under the stickies. This is a good site for lots of people tweaking 597's and common fixes.

I sent two of my second generation magazines back to Remington with a note saying that they won't feed if loaded with more than 8 rounds, and that "some one" at customer service suggested I send them in for evaluation. I got two new magazines back about 3 weeks later.
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Old 04-02-2007, 07:53 AM
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Re: Rem 597 22lr

I didn't know they made three mags, I thought they only made one plastic one and one metal one. Thanks for the info and I guess I will try the newest version out and see what happens. Thanks Tom
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Old 04-02-2007, 10:58 AM
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Re: Rem 597 22lr

Dump it and get her a Ruger 10/22
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Old 04-03-2007, 06:50 AM
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Re: Rem 597 22lr

The other common tweak is to make sure the guide rod bolts aren't too tight. Take the action out of the stock, and loosen the two bolts that hold the guide rails in place (on the back of the action, looking at it from behind). Then tighten them until they just seat, almost finger tight. Some 597's have had overly tight guide rods, and they will tend to bow a bit, which can effect feeding and cycling. I put just a touch of rem oil on the rods. Most don't respond well to excess oil.

I haven't had any problems with mine, apart from the first set of magazines. I have probably shot around 3000 rounds at this point, with no FTF or extraction issues. I like the feel of the 597 vs. other similar rifles for overall fit. Out of the box, it is fairly accurate (the consensus seems to be that it beats other rifles in the same price class and I would agree).
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