I was rather concerned when I first obtained this unit after too many FTF's mostly due to light rim strikes. I also noticed a felt drag on the bolt when I pulled back and forth on the bolt.
So, I stripped it down and found the bolt with machining burrs all over it, and the guide rods were also showing machining rings down thier entire length.
It was easy enough to figure out the next move , deburring the bolt and smoothing out the guide rods.
IMPO , Remington should have checked for this before it left the factory.
I even sent Remington a friendly e-mail asking if they had an opening in their QC dept....no answer yet ...lol
After all that my 597mag worked flawlessly .
I went through 100 rds of CCI Maxi mags and 50 rds of Winchester Super X 40gr JHP's with zero probs , even through speedfiring.
I was shooting at 85yd ( max rifle range distance at my gunclub ) scope set at 7x.
The scope used is an older Ruko/Hakko 1.5-8 x 20 . Not a well known scope ,but I have another model Ruko on a Lee Enfield No5 carbine that has held up after that rather stout recoil the No5 hands out , so I was quite confident with it...and I also like the sleek profile look it gives to my 597mag.
The only thing that I would like to see is affordable higher capacity magazines available...
Photos below tell abit more of the story...
One flyer...Hey! , who hit my elbow ???...well OK , shooters bad