Bruce Potts tries out the latest model in the Remington 597 range and discovers that it’s one of the best semi-auto rimfire rifles on the market

Product Overview

Remington Model 597 HB


Remington Model 597 HB reviewed by Shooting Times


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Remington Model 597 HB

Remington Model 597 HB is one of the best semi-auto rimfire rifles on the market

Bullet shape

Care needs to be given in regards to the bullet shape — long-bulleted or square-edged types — when loading into the magazine to stop deformation, but both the Winchester 40-gr and 42-gr Max bullets functioned perfectly in my tests, with the extra inertia of the 42-gr bullet singing. They produced 997fps with 88ft/lb energy and 1,046fps with 102ft/lb of energy respectively, and both shot 0.75in groups at 50 yards.

Shooting from a bench at 50 yards, the Eley Subsonic hollowpoints shot just under 0.65in with a velocity of 1,010fps and 91ft/lb of energy. The newer Eley Contact subsonic with solid heads shot 1,008fps, so there was little difference.

For those wanting a high-velocity round, the RWS HV was superb as usual with 0.55in groups, the best having a velocity of 1,207fps for 
129ft/lb energy. The Remington Cyclone also shot 1,188fps with 
125ft/lb and the Federal 31-gr HV 
loads shot 1,355fps with 126ft/lb energy. Both shot 0.75in groups.

  1. 1. A few years
  2. 2. Action
  3. 3. Barrels
  4. 4. Magazine
  5. 5. Bullet shape
  6. 6. Need to know
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