Both are great guns, but the 10/22 is a better gun. I do own both, so this is not just picking the one I have.
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one couldn't melt down a 597 Remington & skim off enough good metal to make a stock screw for a 10/22. Remington has consistently produced poor quality rim fires for years. I don't think that's just my opinion. try trading your 597 for a 10/22.
As the last poster said - "blah, blah, blah,...just my opinion" Well, I am quoting him out of context but I am also making his statement more accurate.
If you are planning to use the weapon as is or with just an added scope - then I'd say it's a very close call. The 597 generally costs less and shoots as well overall as the 10/22. In fact, depending on where you go asking, many folks will swear that the 597 is more accurate. They both are good solid designs and you can still get a .22 magnum in the 597 - long discontinued in the 10/22.
Now, if you want to customize, swap stocks, etc. then the 10/22 becomes the clear favorite. You do have a few options for the 597 but there are many more available for the 10/22.
As always, analyze your intended use and see where your needs lie. I don't think you'll be unhappy with either of these good solid base-line 22 caliber rifles.
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I've got both, in both .22 and .22 Mag. As far as how they shoot, and accuracy, I couldn't tell you there was any diff, at all. There isn't much "neat stuff" for the 597's though. No hi cap mags, or anything else really, at least that I want or have looked for. I think they're both decent rifles.
The better rifle is the one you can shoot more effectively with.
I prefer the 10/22, because I love having one receiver, yet a few different guns. Bolts the 10/22 is a great platform for extreme accuracy
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Have both and both seem to be equally accurate in stock form. Ruger has been time tested for sure though. Magazines in 597 are the only thing I've ever had an issue with which the ruger performs flawlessly in that area.
I went from a Mossberg to the 10/22. There are many more accessories available for the 10/22, plenty of mag options between 10, 25, and 50 rounders. I always thought the 10/22 cost more than it was worth, but now that I have one I'll never go back.
Ruger 10/22 is the small block Chevy of the rimfire autoloader world. Tons of aftermarket and info available to show how to make them shoot better. Very limited with the Remington. The one Remington I owned was as accurate as any stock 10/22 but was not as reliable. That is only one Remington. Others may have had better luck.
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Will the reason I asked was I got my daughter the 597 but I was thinking about getting myself one based on price but mow I'm looking at a s&w m&p22. So what about those?
I've not owned a 15-22 so I cant help there, but the 10/22 is better than the 597 for sure. Had/have both