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View Poll Results: Based on quality only, and not brand bias - Ruger 10/22 or Remington 597?
Ruger 10/22 39 84.78%
Remington 597 7 15.22%
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:12 PM
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i have not shot either of them. but from the posts, it's pretty obvious that both are just like any other mass produced gun, car, computer, ink pen, or anything else for that matter, you can get good ones or bad ones. modern day automation does have it's advantages. pride in workmanship is not one of them. the newest gun i own is about 45 years old. i believe they made them better back then. but that's just me.
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Wow, old thread.

I have a 597 I bought in the early 90's and it gave me trouble after a few hundred rounds despite cleanings, lubings, etc. I recently bought a 10/22 and new ammo. It turned out that my old ammo (Rem Thunderbolts) jammed BOTH guns. The Federal Target worked great in both guns.

From what I've researched, you're better off with the 10/22. However, now that my 597 likes the new ammo, it's captured my heart back.
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My .02, I have the 597 for the last 5 years. My brother has the 10/22 his is 6 years old. He challenged me to a speed shoot out. 2 mags as fast and accurate as possible. Side by side shooting tabled 50 yrds target. I smoked him. When the 10/22 heats up accuracy goes byby. The 597 was empty first and maintained accuracy. Not a scientific test but we both have years experience and he is now in the market for a 597.
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My first thought- "what's a remington 597 ?" OK, seriously, if $60 makes one cry....

Better or worse- I think that for somethings- like magazine options- make that $60 well spent. I'd pay the extra $60 for the Ruger just for it's magazine options..
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I own a 597 and just bought a second for my father as a Christmas gift. I have the DSG combo OD Green stock and sporter barrel that came with a Remington-branded 3-9x32mm scope. That was $199.99 around New Years Day, 2010.. I bought a newer, DSG combo black stock with heavy barrel (HEAVY BARREL and I mean heavy!) and same, Remington-branded 3-9x32mm scope.

The rifles are amazing. You have to understand the scopes are junky but of course they work especially for the young or the people who don't know any better. The money you spend is well used in Remington's 597- they developed a very good autoloading action for rimfire rifles then used the money on barrels. 597 regular "sporter" barrels outshoot 10/22s anyday and the HB heavy barrels are some of the finest stock rimfire barrels you can get on a store-bought rifle.


I will say this- the 597 has an Achilles heel and it's the extractor. My own 597 did not work when I bought it. More rounds did not extract/jam/didn't feed or fire than did successfully. I wound up putting it at the bottom of my closet, leaving it there, and buying a Savage Mark II GXP and then a S&W M&P 15-22 in rapid succession, and shooting them for my first year of gun buying/personal ownership. Then I decided, I have to do something bout that Rem 597 I got. I learned about it's faults and strengths, discovered the Volquartsen replacement "exact edge extractor" and *MAN* did it make a difference. I have not had a single error or failure since I replaced it in December 2010. It REVOLUTIONIZED the rifle and makes it 101% reliable and awesomely fun to shoot, as fast as you can pull the trigger and as many times.


I also learned that the trigger was regarded as "weak" on the 597, "weak" meaning not very good, too tough and no options to change it (There are so many 10/22 aftermarket parts and stuff, you can do anything but the 597 is not so much like that.) However, Volquartsen produces a "Target Hammer" that advertises a 50%+ reduction in trigger pull weight.... That is the minimal effect. It not only reduces the pull weight but it makes that trigger feel like Remington designed you a 597 personally and it snaps broken like a shot glass breaking in a Guinness pint for a Car Bomb. awesome! And the 597 VQ parts are cheap- $19.99 (I just paid $17.99 actually, $2 less than 2010) for the VQ Extractor and $39.99 for the VQ Hammer. So when my old man opens the 597 HB I will have a new VQ extractor, hammer, and Nikon ProStaff 4x32mm scope for him to open and add to the rifle, pretty sweet.


I know the 10/22 is the best selling of all time and everyone loves theirs. I *did not* and *do not* want a Ruger 10/22 and I don't want the thing everyone else has. I prefer to get a better, less popular, and more customized rifle and the 597(s) I own are awesome!.

Here is my new black 597 HB in the box (I am not doing any of the mods or upgrades before Christmas, more boxes to have wrapped up to give as gifts and have the old man open up lol). Followed by my customized 597.



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I have owned my 597 for 8 years, no problems and it performs excelent!
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I bought a 10/22 back in 81. Too bad it fell overboard in the Adelaide River before I had to sell it to the government after the john Howard Gun Ban!
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I have a plethora of .22's including a 10/22. My son bought the 597 on sale very cheap. It seems to work very well but he isn't happy about the lack of aftermarket goodies. Besides the 10/22, my favorites are my model 60 and my old tube fed bolt action model 781!
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Old 09-12-2015, 11:45 AM
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Had both, shot both (as well as many others). 10/22 is by far the best semi auto .22 made.
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10/22 for us, just a plain carbine model with a small scope (old eyes)
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