Remington .17 HMR Recall / Buyback: Ammunition and Model 597

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Remington have decided to recall and buyback all .17 HMR Model 597. They have also announced they will buyback any Remington .17 HMR that was purchased for use in any semi-auto rifle.

If you have a semi-automatic firearm chambered for 17 HMR ammunition, immediately discontinue use of Remington 17 HMR ammunition. If you have any Remington 17 HMR ammunition that you wish to return to Remington contact the Remington Consumer Service number below. Do not return the ammunition to the dealer. Remington will provide you with a $10.00 coupon for each complete box of 50 rounds of Remington branded 17 HMR ammunition you return to Remington. This coupon will be good for the purchase of any Remington ammunition at your local dealer.

In light of the ammunition manufacturer’s notice, it is very important that you immediately stop using your Remington Model 597 17 HMR semi-automatic rifle. If you own a Remington Model 597 17 HMR semi-automatic rifle and wish to return it to Remington please contact the below Remington Consumer Service Number. In return for your Remington Model 597 17 HMR synthetic stock semi-automatic rifle, Remington will provide you a coupon valued at $200.00 good for the purchase of a replacement Remington firearm. If you have a laminate stock Remington Model 597 17 HMR semi-automatic rifle, Remington will provide you a coupon valued at $250.00 good for the purchase of a replacement Remington firearm. Remington will also reimburse you for the actual postage to return your Model 597 17 HMR semi-automatic rifle to Remington.

Please allow up to 6 weeks after Remington receives your Model 597 17 HMR semi-automatic rifle or your Remington branded 17 HMR ammunition for the appropriate coupons to arrive. Instructions for redemption of the coupons will be contained on the coupon.

For any consumer questions or instructions on how to return of your Model 597 17 HMR semi-automatic rifle or your Remington branded 17 HMR ammunition, please contact the Remington Consumer Service Department at 1-800-243-9700, Prompt #3.

Problem with the Model 597 and .17 HMR is not uncommon. Gun manufacturers seem to have a very hard time in trying to convert .22 blow back actions to the more powerful .22 Magnum and it’s child cartridge the .17 HMR.

A reader of TFB recently had the exploding-597 problem (darn … I lost he photos he emailed me) and Remington said they would refund the purchase price, instead of fixing it. I did not read too much into their response at the time, but in hindsight I can see now that they were considering this action a couple of months ago.

I think Remington have taken the right action. I hope they let this offer stand for sometime so that all potentially dangerous guns can be returned.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!

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  • Deja vu Deja vu on Sep 20, 2011

    I know I just posted a few min ago but I just got off the phone with Remington and the lady said that the gun now can not be shipped untill around the first of the year... That is an 8 month wait! Needless to say I am not happy.

  • Deja vu Deja vu on Feb 15, 2012

    I said I would update when Remington sent me the Marlin Trade in. I sent the Remington 597 in May 2 2010, I received my Trade in Marlin XT-17VSFL Feb 14-2012.

    Basically it took them 9 and 1/2 months to send me the replacement gun that they said would be shipped "soon".

    The New Marlin is very pretty and does shoot very accurate. The only issue I have seen so far with it is that the Magazine does not like to come out and requires some force to remove.

    If you are expecting a Marlin trade in dont hold your breath, they are extremely slow!

    • Wendell Wendell on Jun 04, 2012

      @Deja vu I loved my 17 it was so accurate! Well it just blew up! I was using hornady ammo and after about the 4th shot it blew up.The shell casing was smashed and split and the shell is lodged about 1 inch from the end of the barrel.

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