Let me start by saying I finally crossed over into the semi-auto world six weeks ago. I'm strictly a bolt and pump action shooter. I went to Cabela's and purchased a Remington 597 LS HB .22 LR (their target rifle version). I also purchased a target 4 - 16 power scope. Being a shooting enthusiast and hunter I thought it would be fun to rap off some rounds at the shooting range. Fun, that’s what I had in mind. This gun is crap. Sorry all you 597 nuts out there but its just true. WEEK ONE: First round in the chamber I’m all enthused ready to zero in that new scope. I aim, breath, and squeeze. "tick". MISFIRE! Well this is no way to start my FUN time. I pull back on the bolt chamber another round. It shoots. I'm relieved but not for long. I loaded the clip with five rounds. The rifle only shot four rounds and only cycled three rounds. One round jammed in the chamber. The last round did not load into the chamber at all because the bolt locked open. For the next 100 rounds this occurs over and over. I never was able to fire an entire clip with out a problem. Misfires, bolt locking open to soon, jams. I'm still optimistic though; I chalk it up to bad ammunition and vow to try others. I take the rifle home and completely disassemble and clean it. WEEK TWO: After stopping at Gander to purchase five different kinds of ammo, I eagerly drive to the shooting range again. I load up the magazines and get ready to have FUN. Once again I aim, breath, and squeeze. "tick". MISFIRE! ***! My FUN IS nothing of the sort because all five different ammo's misfire, jam, and do not load i.e...bolt locks open prematurely. I was able to zero in the scope using Remington’s Target Rifle ammo. A bull every time at 25 yards. The other four ammo's were all over the place. Satisfied that I had accomplished something, I was still optimistic. After all, most 22's need to be fired allot before they function reliably. So, once again I take it home and thoroughly clean and disassembly the gun. WEEK THREE: Again a trip to Gander and more ammo to try plus a box of the target ammo. Once again I was treated to the FUN of misfires, jams, premature bolt locking open and horrible groupings if you could call them groupings. The target ammo though, bull every time at 25 yards. At this point I have fired almost 500 rounds through this gun it should be loosening up by now. Severely disappointed, I repeat the cleaning ritual. WEEK FOUR: More ammo more misfires, jams, etc, etc, etc. At one point I almost threw it in the garbage can. WOW what FUN. I bring home my SINGLE SHOT SEMI AUTO 597 and clean and curse the piece of crap vowing to destroy it if it doesn't start working. (Yes I was talking to it) WEEK FIVE: After reading some blogs on RimfireCentral.com. I try all of the suggested fixes for sticky mags, bent bolt rails, and over oiled receivers. AHHH now she will work! So off to the range I go. Well guess what. I aim, breath, and squeeze. "tick". MISFIRE! Then jam, then bolt locked open prematurely. I could not even get through ONE Magazine without problems. OHHHH this truly is FUNNNN. YEAH FUNNY HOW I GOT SCREWED OUT OF $303. WEEK SIX: I sold the piece of crap back to the dealer. Listen guys. If you read all the comments here and on the internet about this rifle they are all bad. Sticky magazines, bad magazines, misfires, jams, over torqued bolt rails. Why do we tolerate this? Yes it shoots a great group with target ammo only! My definition of a dangerous weapon is a weapon that does not perform as it was designed to. THIS IS A DANGEROUS WEAPON! If want to buy a 597 don't. If you own one return it! Send a message to Remington that we will not tolerate spending our hard earned money on a weapon that is dangerous. I know there will be those that claim their 597 is fine. But before you buy one do the research. Compare the complaints about the 597 to that of any other semi auto .22 on the market. I guarantee you 597's are superior in number for unsatisfied customers. P.S. I lost $70 on the deal do to All Firearms Sales being final. So the dealer would only give me 75% back.