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Ok, I bought a 597 a while back and its kinda fun to plink with...most of the time. Does anyone else here have one of these?

First off the good

It is a very comfy .22 with a half way decent trigger out of the box....

Ok, that ends the good.

Now the bad.

VERY inaccurate and the mags suck.
Best I have got at 50 yards with it was with CCI green label and that was in the neighborhood of 7" groups, and most of the time the mags do not feed properly. It tends to not push the round up high enough for the bolt to pick them up, or sometimes will catch them on the ramp and split the nose of the bullet.

Just wondering if anyone else here has one of these, and if they have had the same problems out of them.
 

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I pretty much think that A marlin 60 or Ruger 10/22 are the best for new 22 semi autos. I have a remington from the 50's and its accurate as hell but it has a flaoting chamber so it can use 22 short, 22long, and 22LR and hence is really sensitive to fouling.
 

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Adler said:
I pretty much think that A marlin 60 or Ruger 10/22 are the best for new 22 semi autos. I have a remington from the 50's and its accurate as hell but it has a flaoting chamber so it can use 22 short, 22long, and 22LR and hence is really sensitive to fouling.
I have a TOZ-78 bolt action 22 and it shoots better than I can. I wouldn't be surprised if the TOZ-99 (semi auto version) does quite the same. I bought mine from AIM surplus, but i know that www.Classicarms.us has them as well.

just another alternative to the store bought guns, although they're a bit pricier than a marlin 60 or stock 10/22.
 

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I want a 10/22, but when I bought this was just wanting something to plink with, and use for a squirrel gun...and don't want to rebarrel it with a nice Volquartsen because well...don't want to put that much barrel on a $120 rifle...may just have to save up and get the 10/22 I want, and will also look at the TOZ-99
 

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I have a TOZ-78 bolt action 22 and it shoots better than I can. I wouldn't be surprised if the TOZ-99 (semi auto version) does quite the same. I bought mine from AIM surplus, but i know that www.Classicarms.us has them as well.

just another alternative to the store bought guns, although they're a bit pricier than a marlin 60 or stock 10/22.

The only issue I notice with this is that the Russian arms seem to have waves of importation and shifiting importers. So in the event your Tula made 22 goes down and needs parts, you could easily find yourself with an orphan gun.
 

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The only issue I notice with this is that the Russian arms seem to have waves of importation and shifiting importers. So in the event your Tula made 22 goes down and needs parts, you could easily find yourself with an orphan gun.
very true. except that i'd just make replacement parts at work :)
 

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Good I know who to call when my lockin block in my Beretta 1951 busts. :)
 

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I have a 597 and have worked most of the kinks out.

1st, polish the guiding rods until they are nice and shiny.
2nd, when assembling the rifle do NOT over tighten the rods, because that will cause them to bow and your rifle will misfeed.
3rd, it is a well known issue with the OEM mags supplied by Rem. I called them and asked for replacements. They sent me 2 brand new (improved) mags. No more problems.

The 597 does not like weak ammo. You have to play around and figure what best suits your rifle.

Now, as far as your accuracy problems, I have no idea...
My only woes with the rifle were with mag/misfeed problems. Never accuracy.
The only accuracy issues are caused by me, not the rifle.

I was set on getting rid of the rifle, but after taking care of the problems, I am definitely keeping it.
 

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Just to add to my comments above:

It will be a good idea to also polish the inside of your mags.

Take the mags apart and go to town on them.
Especially the guide slot for the follower.
You can also stretch out the mag spring in order to put a little more pressure on the follower.

You do not need to do any of the above if you can get your hands on some new and improved mags from Remington.

I did it for my old mags and it seemed to have helped a little, but now I use mostly the replacement mags from Rem. anyway
 
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