Re: Remington 597 owners
This is pretty late compared to the dates on the other posts, but it's still online so I'll throw my $.02 in.
I bought a 597 not knowing about the bad rep it has because of the magazines. It is a sweet, straight shooting gun. I haven't had the gun yet long enough to know what ammo it likes best but in my first few informal plinking sessions I can cover most of my 5 round targets with a quarter at 100' and I don't have a rest, I just leaned on a fence post. Several times I got 3 rounds almost into 1 hole, so I'm certainly happy with the accuracy.
I was dissapointed at first because I had the feed problems (1st gen metal mag) but being ignorant I decided I could solve the problem myself. I polished the inside of the guide rails for the follower and of course cleaned the heck out of the mag. Rem says not ot oil the mag, but I used some dry lube on the follower and had ALMOST no more problems. I just ordered Rem's latest mag to try and if it works as well as everyone is saying I'm going to get a few more. See Outlander's post above. His description matches what Rem told me. BTW- my local gun shop offered to sell me the "newest" version of the mag but it was not!
I just signed up on this site today and I'm impressed with the way everyone handles their disagreements without belittleing (or worse) each other. It's very informative.