Saw the heavy barrel version of the 597 at the local Dunham's last Saturday. Darn nice looking rifle, very tacti-cool. Saw it was going on sale on Sunday/Monday for $200. ($211.99 w/tax) Included a 3x9 scope.
Went back and picked one up on Monday and mounted/bore sighted the scope. Also mounted a sling. Took it up to my hunting property yesterday to sight it in.
Three shots to get it into the black and then this is 5 shot group from a measured 25 meters, prone with a loop sling using bulk Blazer ammo. Temp was 96 degrees amid swarms of mosquitos. The scope that came with it is a cheap Chinese POS with too high rings that you can't mount far enough forward.
That is a one inch black square BTW...
Group covered by a 1/2" square
Yeah I was impressed with this bargain priced target rifle. Just imagine what it would do off a bench with a good scope and ammo?