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Is This A Remington 597?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by einstein, Nov 19, 2004.

  1. einstein

    einstein Active Member

    "22 long rifle only" engraved in the barrel near the front sight, plastic wood-grain-look stock, ivory/white diamond shape where you hold the barrel, short barrel, fully adjustable sights.

    And a tube in the butt for ammo.

    There's a sticker that says "Made of tough Dupont structural nylon..."

    I can't find a model number.

    This was given to me upon the death of my father.

    Any help in identifying this rifle would be appreciated.


  2. Badger Arms

    Badger Arms Well-Known Member

    Could be a "Nylon 66" for all I can figure without a picture. Does it look like this:


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  3. einstein

    einstein Active Member


    Yes! That's it!

    It says "Nylon 66" on the bottom of the grip (with the white band). I thought it was something to do with the type of material, not the model.

    What else do you know about it?

    I'm going to the range tomorrow so I'll be able to shoot it.


  4. Preacherman

    Preacherman Well-Known Member

    The Nylon 66 has been out of production for thirty years or so, and is much sought after by collectors. If it's in really good condition, you might consider not shooting it, so as to hold value on it. Search Gunsamerica or Auctionarms to see current prices prevailing.
  5. Badger Arms

    Badger Arms Well-Known Member

    My late father-in-law had one. It's going to his grandkids, but I haven't taken it out yet. Interesting design for its time, but like all recent Remington Autoloaders, lacked the mass market appeal and staying power of the Ruger 10/22.
  6. Sylvilagus Aquaticus

    Sylvilagus Aquaticus Well-Known Member

    Actually, the stock is made from a material called Nylon 66; 66% nylon resin and 34% fiberglass...marketing geniuses came up with the name for the rifle. IIRC the initial production start was in the late 50's/early 60's. I used to see advertisements in Boy's Life magazine that one had fired and hit a million thrown wood blocks without failure.

    They're nearly impossible to wear out. Enjoy it forever.

  7. Barbara

    Barbara Well-Known Member

    It's named after the structure of two sets of 6 carbon atoms. 6/6. The fiber content is expressed as a percentage seperately, usually as part of the name or description (ie: PA66 33GF would a Polyamide 6,6 with 33% glass fiber content.)

    /plastic nerd.

    It's a silly name for a gun.


  8. Wayne D

    Wayne D Well-Known Member

    Didn't they make them in brown and black? Wasn't the brown who called the Mohawk and the black one the Apache?
  9. George S.

    George S. Well-Known Member

    I remember when the Nylon 66 first came out. It looked really neat and it turned out to be really popular. There was two colors brown and black. I don't recall how accurate they were but they were a fun plinking rifle.

    The Rimfire Central forum has a separate Remington section and you might find some good information there: http://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=21

    Remington apparently does not support this rifle anymore in terms of parts or service but this page has a list of dealer and/or 'smiths who do work on them:
  10. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    They are complicated little suckers.
    Do NOT take off the receiver cover unless you are good at jigsaw puzzles. When I lived next door to the town repair gunsmith I saw him do a brisk business putting these back together when they came in with all the little bits in a cigar box.
  11. einstein

    einstein Active Member

    Thanks everyone for your input on my new rifle.

    I shot about 40 rounds at my outdoor range this morning.

    What a hoot!

  12. omega5

    omega5 Well-Known Member

    I purchased a Nylon 66 when I was 15 yrs old. It's hanging over my kitchen door as we speak. It spent 2 weeks in the bottom of Obed River once when I was about 17. (jumped in the river to get away from the Game Warden and lost it. Took nearly two weeks of diving but I found it) It's never jammed, never failed in any way. I've started to buy other .22 rifles but never have cause I don't need one. :) They are great guns. I'm 55 now so this gun is 40 years old. Got some scars but still performs like a champ.
  13. ftierson

    ftierson Member.

    They are great guns, and Remington made over a million of them, so they can't be that rare...

    They are not that complicated to work on, depending on how far you want to go in dismantling it. The barrel can be removed extremely easily. If you remove the receiver cover to clean some of the internal parts, all you have to do is remove the two long bolts that extend through the receiver from side to side, and the receiver cover will lift right off... On the left hand side there is a long, L shaped piece of sheet steel that falls right out the side when the receiver cover is lifted off... Look for it and don't lose it, because it helps eject the fired case. It is extremely easy to insert it again before replacing the receiver cover after you're done cleaning.

    Be careful releasing the striker spring if you don't know how to replace it.

    Enjoy shooting it. It's, both literally and figuratively, a blast to shoot.
  14. ftierson

    ftierson Member.

    By the way, the real Remington M597 is a great rifle too.
  15. Darkside

    Darkside Well-Known Member

    Remington even made a Green one.(can't remember the name) If I ever run across one again I might just have to buy it.


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