I bought a 597 .17 2 years ago. For the longest time I thought it was a 4 shot unit. 1 chambered and 3 in the mag. Imagine my surprise when I found out the mag was an 8 shot! I challenge anyone to load and shoot, without a jam, a .17 mag loaded with 8 rounds. I believe the material used in the magazine is incorrect for use with brass, it galds and sticks to the shell casing at the rim. I bet a steel body mag would work just fine....space age metals
. Sometimes the old ways are the best
. Remington gracefully sent me a new mag which, made of the same alloy, refuses to load or feed. So, now I have my 8 shots, (9 actually) I carry 2 magazines with 4 cartridges loaded in each. There is more than one way...... The little gun really pops and for farm varmints it's a joy to shoot.
If y'all hear of a second new mag ( I believe the first was....plastic?) on the horizon please let me know.
Really good group here. It's a pleasure to read on a windy, rainy day in Texas.