Please note: this is not a thread about the 597. It's about the 597 HB. Not the same rifle. The former has gotten terrible reviews. I know all about that. (I've probably read most of them.) But from what I see the 597 HB is a different beast entirely. [ETA: As I state subsequently, I was likely wrong about that; I can no longer find the page that claimed it, and may have dreamed it.] I'm going to buy one. I can't be talked out of that. I sold my Marlin 39A. Fine rifle, but wasn't for me: Too long -- I want more a carbine -- and the lever action didn't work for me in .22. My Marlin 336 in .30-30 is my favorite gun ever. I'll never ditch it. I bought the 39A because I thought I wanted a lever .22. Wrong. I want a semi-auto. (I grew up with a Remington Nylon 66. Miss it.) Yes, yes, I know about Ruger 10/22. If I wanted to build my own, I'd go that route. But I don't want to do that. No time for it. Too busy with professional stuff. I want an out-of-the-box shooter. I want a Remington 597 HB with a Leupold rimfire 2-7X (already own that). So, I'd enjoy hearing your experiences with the 597 HB. Again, regardless of good or bad, I'll still buy one. This isn't a decision thread. I'll make up my own mind after I buy one. Just want to read more about it -- since I've watched all the videos and read all the reviews already, and purchase is still a ways off. What say you?