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Cleaning, Lubrication, and Maintenance

Overview

Routine maintenance is essential to keeping your Model 597 firearm in top condition for years to come.

Cleaning, Lubrication and Maintenance

WARNING! Before cleaning, make sure your rifle is completely unloaded (both the chamber and the magazine). Engage the safety mechanism. RED BAND WILL NOT SHOW.
WARNING! After each use, follow the lubrication and maintenance direction in this instruction book. If the firearm is immersed, it must be thoroughly cleaned and lubricated as soon as possible. In case of saltwater immersion, first flush all parts with fresh water, then dry, clean and lubricate the firearm. If the firearm does not function properly, have it checked and corrected by a competent gunsmith before further use. Failure to obey this warning may lead to firearm malfunctions which could result in serious personal injuries or death.

NOTE: The chamber and bore should be cleaned before loading and firing the firearm the first time.

 

LUBRICATION:

model597_page3_14.pngOver-lubrication should be avoided at all times. A light application of Rem™ Oil helps to prevent rusting. See note below.
WARNING! Excessive use of a non-recommended lubricant could adversely affect the function and safe operation of your rifle. Failure to properly maintain your rifle can not only damage your rifle, it can expose you and others to unnecessary risks of personal injury or death.
When the firearm is to be stored, it should be carefully cleaned and thoroughly oiled. Outside metal surfaces should be wiped with Rem™ Oil occasionally.
When the firearm is to be reused, all excess lubrication must be removed. The chamber and bore must be thoroughly swabbed clean and dry.
For safe and dependable operation of your rifle, the chamber and action must be cleaned periodically.

To Clean the Barrel

WARNING! Visually check the chamber and magazine to make sure there are no cartridges in the firearm.

  1. Point the rifle in a safe direction.
  2. Engage the safety mechanism. RED BAND WILL NOT SHOW.
  3. Pull the operating handle rearward to engage last shot hold-open.
  4. Pull the magazine latch rearward and remove the magazine from the firearm. Visually inspect chamber and action to make sure rifle is completely unloaded.
  5. Use the instructions and equipment provided in a good cleaning kit such as Remington® Sportsman™ Cleaning Kits. For recommendations, see your dealer or Remington Authorized Gunsmith.
  6. Attach cleaning patch saturated with Brite Bore™ to cleaning rod tip.
  7. Pass patch through bore several times to remove loose residue and fouling.
  8. Select the correct caliber cleaning brush and attach the brush to the cleaning rod.
  9. Spray bore brush with Brite Bore.
  10. Push the cleaning rod through the barrel several times.
  11. Remove the brush from the rod, attach tip with cleaning patch and push through the bore.
  12. Repeat several times, using a new cleaning patch each time until the patch is clean.
  13. Push a clean patch saturated with Rem™ Oil through the barrel.
  14. Push a clean dry patch through the barrel to remove excess lubricant.
  15. Apply a light application of Rem™ Oil to the outside of the barrel with a soft clean cloth.

WARNING! After cleaning, make sure the barrel is free of obstructions.

To Disassemble The Firearm For Cleaning

CAUTION: The Model 597™ or Model 597 Magnum rifle should not be disassembled beyond what is described in this instruction book, except by the factory or a REMINGTON ® RECOMMENDED GUNSMITH.
WARNING! Unload before cleaning. Visually check the chamber and magazine to make sure there are no cartridges in the firearm. Always wear eye protection when disassembling and reassembling the firearm.

  1. Engage the safety mechanism. RED BAND WILL NOT SHOW.
  2. Pull the operating handle rearward to engage last shot hold-open.
  3. Pull the magazine latch rearward and remove the magazine from the firearm. Visually check the chamber and action again to make sure the rifle is completely unloaded.
  4. Pull rearward on operating handle and release the bolt forward.
  5. Remove the front and rear takedown screws, using a 1/8" Allen Wrench. See Picture 12.
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  6. Lift and remove the action from the stock.
    NOTE: The action has two (2) major parts, the receiver assembly and the housing assembly.
  7. Tap out assembly pin from either side. See Picture 13.
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  8. Rotate the housing downward, pivoting around front of housing, slowly separating the housing from the receiver. See Picture 13.

To Clean The Receiver/Barrel Assembly

WARNING! Excessive use of a non-recommended lubricant could adversely affect the function and safe operation of your rifle.

  1. Remove two guide rail screws from rear of receiver.
  2. Cycle bolt several times until bolt guide rails protrude from rear of receiver. See Picture 14.
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    WARNING! Use extreme care when disassembling bolt guide rails as the action springs are under compression. Wear eye protection to avoid serious personal injury.
  3. Pull bolt guide rails out. Care should be taken with guide rail springs.
  4. Pull out on operating handle to remove handle from bolt.
  5. Remove bolt from receiver.
  6. Brush the inside of the receiver and end of the barrel with gun cleaning solvent and wipe dry. See Picture 14.
  7. Apply a light application of Rem™ Oil to the inside of the receiver. See Picture 14.

To Clean the Housing Assembly

CAUTION: Clean the housing as a unit using Rem™ Oil. DO NOT PULL TRIGGER WHILE HOUSING IS OUT OF FIREARM.

  1. Engage the safety mechanism. RED BAND WILL NOT SHOW.
  2. Spray the housing assembly with Rem™ Action Cleaner and allow to dry.
  3. Spray the housing assembly with Rem™ Oil at parts shown. See Picture 15. Let stand for 15 minutes. Spray again to wash off components. Wipe or blow off excess lubricant.
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To Clean The Magazine Assembly

WARNING! Visually check to make sure there are no cartridges in the magazine box. For instructions on how to remove the magazine from the rifle, see the Parts of the Firearm section.

  1. Depress the sides of the magazine box and pull the magazine bottom downward and off of the magazine. As the spring becomes exposed, hold it with your thumb to prevent it from flying out.
    WARNING! Use extreme care when removing the magazine bottom, as the magazine spring is under compression. Wear eye protection to avoid serious personal injury.
  2. Remove the magazine spring.
  3. Remove the magazine follower.
  4. Clean the magazine and follower with brush or cloth in warm water and household dishwashing detergent. Do not use lubricant in magazine.
  5. Reassemble the magazine follower into the magazine.
  6. Insert the magazine spring into the magazine with the coils aligned as shown. See Picture 16.
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  7. Position the posts of the magazine box bottom into the last coil of the magazine spring.
  8. Push the magazine box bottom onto the magazine box until the bottom snaps into place.

WARNING! After each use, follow the lubrication and maintenance directions in this instruction book. If the firearm is immersed in water, it must be thoroughly cleaned and lubricated as soon as possible. In case of saltwater immersion, first flush all parts with fresh water, then dry, clean and lubricate the firearm. If the firearm does not function properly, have it corrected by a competent gunsmith before further use. Failure to obey this warning may lead to firearm malfunctions which could result in serious personal injury or death.

To Reassemble The Firearm

WARNING! Visually check the chamber and magazine box to make sure there are no cartridges anywhere in the firearm.
CAUTION: Do not reassemble the firearm with the magazine box in the rifle.

I. RECEIVER/BARREL ASSEMBLY:

  1. Insert the breech bolt into the receiver with the bolt face toward the barrel.
  2. Slide the bolt forward until it makes contact with the barrel.
  3. Insert bolt guide rails into rear of receiver until they protrude approximately 1/2" from inside face of receiver. See Picture 17.
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  4. Insert one action spring (action spring set for Win. Mag.) into recess of bolt and over bolt guide rail. Work spring over guide rail while pushing guide rail towards barrel. See Picture 18.
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    NOTE: Rail should slide through slot on side of bolt.
  5. Repeat for second action spring(s).
  6. Insert operating handle through ejection port and into bolt.
  7. Pull bolt rearward and ensure bolt guide rails are retained in barrel extension.
  8. Insert set screws and tighten with torque wrench (torque = 10-12 in-lb).
  9. Lightly spray guide rails with Rem™ Oil.

NOTE: Breech bolt must slide freely in the receiver.

II. RECEIVER AND HOUSING:

  1. Insert key on front of housing into mating slot in barrel extension. See Picture 19.
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  2. Rotate rear of housing into receiver, aligning assembly pin clearance holes.
  3. Insert assembly pin.

III. ACTION TO STOCK ASSEMBLY:

  1. Assemble the action into the stock.
    WARNING! Engage the safety mechanism.
    RED BAND WILL NOT SHOW.
  2. Insert the front and rear takedown screws.
  3. Tighten both screws, using a 1/8" Allen Wrench (torque = 45 in-lb).
  4. The magazine may be placed back into the firearm. If the magazine is NOT in the firearm, the bolt will not engage the hold-open mechanism.
  5. Pull the operating handle rearward until the bolt engages the hold-open mechanism.
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