Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • http://tslrf.blogspot.com theotherryan

    I once owned a Remington 597. Worst firearms purchase I have ever made. It would not feed or cycle. Heard lots of complaints of similar issues from others. Eventually it was mothballed. Replaced it with a Ruger 10/22 which is totally flawless. Skip the 597 and get a 10/22.

  • Dave

    What is the cost of this nice looking .22 ?? It is cool looking ! And 10-22’s can’t break down just as easy -

  • jimmyjet

    The Remington 597 is one of the worst firearms this company has ever produced. Most gunshops with repair facilities have stopped carrying the 597 because of it’s dependability problems; ergo, fewer problems for them.
    The .22lr version is only partially viable. In any other caliber, .22mag, .17, etc….just plain junk.
    If you need a .22 semiauto, go with the Ruger 10/22. The things never have a problem.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

      jimmyjet, while I don’t disagree about the 597 problems, espeically before they redesigned the magazines, Ruger dropped the .22 Mag and the once advertised but never released .17 version of the 10/22 because of problems with the higher power cartridges. You can buy third party 10/22 actions for these cartridges.

  • Thomas

    Hey Steve i just got my ruger 10 22, and i LOVE it.

    I shot about 100 rounds, flawless.

    o by the way the 10 22 is beater because it has reliable hi cap mags.

    TNP

  • Bruce

    FYI, Turner’s Outdoorsman in California has them on sale for $269.00. With tax and dross fees it is $324.04 out the door.

    Pretty inexpensive, sale ends November 18th.

  • Allen

    I had a .17 semiauto made by Remington. It was recalled and they offered a $200 rebate towards a new Remington. I saw this rifle in National Rifleman and thought it looked like a good replacement. This rifle will not cycle properly. The clip does not feed reliably, and when it does feed most of the time the trigger will not pull so you have to manually recycle the gun. Most distressing. There are other AR15 .22s on the market, (one of them is a dressed up 10/22) look at one of them.

  • http://[email protected] Allen

    WOW! I think I owe Remington and the readers here an apology. Yesterday was the first time I fired this weapon. I was not happy (obviously). I reread the brief article in the December 2010 National Rifleman. They said (paraphrasing) that after some early problems with the magazine the rifle performed with no more problems (again that’s a paraphrase). So I took the magazine apart and brushed it out with a .22 bore cleaning brush (very thoroughly) and then wiped it clean. Put it back together took the rifle out and fired it and it worked great. The magazine appears to be made from aluminum, and the interior isn’t finished real well so I think it is rough enough to bother the feeding of the cartridges. Anyway if it continues to work this well it will be a GLR (great little rifle).
    So I retract my statement to look elsewhere, I think this is a rifle worth considering, as long as you have this info.

  • Todd

    When you get the FTE’s send me an email. I have the fix!!! I know this gun better than the factory. 597 VTR CS.

  • Mike
  • chris

    To all those stating that the 597 VTR will not cycle ammo, you are using cheap bulk cartridges. If you experiment with your rifle and discover what type of ammo it likes, you would know that this is a very dependable shooter. The CCI Stinger rounds that go 1640fps will ALWAYS cycle, as fast as you can pull the trigger. I have 4 clips and have gone through all of them with very little time in between with no ftl’s, fte’s, jams or double loads. Do your homework and find out what this rifle likes to blast downrange and you will not be able to lay it down.

  • Mike

    Hey Chris, FYI…..I’ve tried “all” different types of ammo. Not just “cheap bulk” ammo as you put it. In my gun the Stinger 1640 actually cycle the worst! Real lucky if they dont jam every second shot

  • Cody

    I bought the 597 VTR without reading reviews like I should have, instead buying it based on the sale price and the Remington name. I must say I am VERY dissatisfied! When I first got it I had FTF, FTE, double feeding constantly. I took it apart and polished the rails, now it ejects every shot. But the magazines still fail to feed the first 5 rounds of every clip, and a couple through out the magazine. I gets very annoying! Other than that it shoots very accurately, and I love it, but the FTF’s get very annoying.

    • chris

      Since my last post I have replaced the hammer and extractor, polished the guides and the bolt. As fate had it, after I posted last, I started having ftf and fte issues. I did the work listed above and now have 1000+ rounds through without a single issue. Go to the website I am linking to below to get the parts and you will be pleased. https://www.volquartsen.com/tags/4-action-trigger-components,29-remington-597

    • chris

      Since my last post I have replaced the hammer and extractor, polished the guides and the bolt. As fate had it, after I posted last, I started having ftf and fte issues. I did the work listed above and now have 1000+ rounds through without a single issue. Go to the website I am linking to below to get the parts and you will be pleased. https://www.volquartsen.com/tags/4-action-trigger-components,29-remington-597