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Defective Remington 597 17 HMR Semiautomatic Rifle Class Action Lawsuit

By Sarah Pierce


Remington Do you own a Remington 597 17 HMR semiautomatic rifle? You may want to be careful which ammunition you use. A federal class action lawsuit claims the rifle explodes if used with Cascade Cartridge/CCI Ammunition’s ammo, and that Remington issued an inadequate recall notice.

The Remington class action lawsuit claims Remington sold tens of thousands of defective Remington 597 semiautomatic rifles and possibly millions of the 17 HMR ammunition sold under its private label agreement with Co-Defendant CCI Ammunition.

In August 2009, Remington made its first public statements acknowledging that its Remington 597 HMR semiautomatic rifles may explode while using 17 HMR ammunition and warned consumers to discontinue use of both products immediately. However, Remington’s efforts to notify owners and users of the 597 was limited to a Safety Warning and Recall Notice posted on its website – a hugely inadequate recall notice that left many consumers in the dark about the danger of using the 597, the lawsuit says.

The defective Remington 597 class action lawsuit also challenges the offer made in conjunction with the recall, which the suit claims is equally inadequate: a $200 or $250 coupon for the purchase of a replacement Remington firearm and a $10 coupon for a box of 50 rounds of Remington 17 HMR ammunition.

“The coupon for purchase of a firearm was well below the purchase price paid by [Class Members] for the Model 597 17 HMR semiautomatic rifle and required [consumers] to purchase a new firearm in order to redeem the coupon,” the Remington 597 class action lawsuit states. Not only that, but the “coupon for purchase of ammunition was well below the purchase price paid” for the 17 HMR ammunition, and also required consumers to purchase new ammunition in order to redeem the coupon.

Furthermore, those who purchased 17 HMR ammunition manufactured by CCI but labeled under a brand other than Remington, such as Federal, were offered no compensation for the ammunition they purchased to use in the rifle.

As a result of Remington and CCI’s negligent design, manufacture and marketing, as well as unfair and deceptive acts regarding the Remington Model 597 17 HMR semiautomatic rifle and Remington 17 HMR ammunition, consumers received “defective and unreasonably dangerous products for which they substantially overpaid because the rifle and ammunition were useless,” the class action lawsuit states.

The Remington 597 17 HMR class action lawsuit is brought on behalf of a proposed class of all U.S. residents who owned a Remington Model 597 17 HMR semiautomatic rifle or any type of 17 HMR ammunition manufactured by CCI Ammunition that was purchased for use in that firearm.

It is seeking actual damages (including multiple damages) or statutory damages, whichever is greater. It is also asking the Court to force Remington to re-issue the recall notice in a “commercially viable manner,” including direct communications with known owners of the rifle and publication in widely read media.

A copy of the Defective Remington 597 17 HMR Semiautomatic Rifle Class Action Lawsuit can be read here.

The case is William S. Yancey v. Remington Arms Company, LLC; Cascade Cartridge, Inc. a/k/a CCI Ammunition, Case No. 11-cv-00108, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee.


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Updated December 22nd, 2011


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  • Anonymous February 7, 2012

    I have a model 597 that blew up when target shooting. How do I join the class action?

    • Jim AK April 23, 2014

      Rather than accept the coupon below the value of my Remington M597 .17 HMR I opted for the re-barrel in the .22 magnum. Although I had not mishaps with the .17 HMR the re-barreled .22 magnum blew the clip apart and it appears some damage to the bolt it’s first trip to the range. I emailed Remington 2 weeks ago. I got and automated reply I would hear from the soon. That was two weeks ago. No word since.

  • Anonymous September 7, 2012

    My 17 Mag. Model 597 Remington blew up through the magazine. My ears ring constantly since this happened. I paid well over 300 dollars retail for this gun, not to mention ammo and accesories. Remington only offers me 200 dollars. Whats right about this?

  • Anonymous October 8, 2012

    How do I join the class action lawsuit? Remington needs to refund or replace the gun.

  • Anonymous October 25, 2012

    I am the original owner of a 597 and this recall as been out for this long and im just now hearing about…… plus paid over 300 for it. I support this action 100%. And have always bragged about remington firearms but people are definitely being rippedoff as well as endangered…..

  • Anonymous November 6, 2012

    How do I jon this lawsuit. I have a Remington 597.

  • david vollan January 5, 2013

    I also h ave a remmington 597 I just found out about recall. I feel I shouldn’t have to take 250.00 for a gun I paid more for. The worste part it’s consumer cash towards another gun. I don’t want another gun just looking to sell some guns. Also mad I purchased this a a local gun store so it was properly registered but received a recall notice. My son was the main user and cou;d nave been hurt this really angers me. I also want in on this law suit

  • adam January 5, 2013

    I also have a 597 17 and just found out about the recall and I think thats bullshit what they offering. I put it up for sale and look up the gun for a price to sale and found this out. What to do now?

  • snuff January 8, 2013

    I have just become aware of this also.My gun was bought brand new when they first introduced them,I still have the original receipt and box.This was $416 out the door of the gunshop when purchased.There may have been 1 box of shells fired and it has been in the gun cabinet since.Still like new ,I dont think it will go for less than $500 now especially for the way the market is.

  • randy January 9, 2013

    my 597 has had no issues but to give it up for 200.00 is nuts how do i join?

  • Dale Young February 10, 2013

    I have a model 597 17 hmr, with the sweet 17 scope purchased new from Bass Pro Shops that was gifted to me by my dad as a keepsake, how do you compensate that with a pathetic $250?

  • Dale Young February 10, 2013

    I have a model 597 .17 hmr, with the sweet 17 scope that was gifted to me by my dad as a keepsake how do you value that at $250?

  • Seth McDougall March 1, 2013

    Would like to know how to join this lawsuit. I purchased the model 597 .17hmr mag about 5 years ago. Shot about 75-100 rounds and it blew up on me, missed my left hand by a half inch. I called remington and they said if i sent it to them they would replace it. I got my replacement from remington and have shot about 50 rounds through it and havent touched it since reading about the lawsuit

  • Steve Busby April 5, 2013

    I have a 597 that misfires on about every 5 th round of ammo. Plus, the examples of dangerous explosions have me spooked. I want to join this class action lawsuit.

  • Stephen Suchowolec April 9, 2013

    I have a Remington 597 .17 that blew up 2 magazines and cutting my arm pretty good. How do I join.
    Steve Suchowolec

  • Brent Decaire April 15, 2013

    Wow just read this for the first time because yesterday I had round go off destroying the clip and lacing my arm with plastic shrapnel.

    How do I get involved .

    I live in Canada


  • Larry Schrock August 19, 2013

    I have a remington 597 17 hmr that blew up while target shooting,there is no way i’ll take 200.00 for the gun after paying 350.00 for it an the gun has not even shot 100 rounds in it yet. how do i join this class action lawsuit?

  • Larry Schrock August 19, 2013

    I have a remington 597 17 hmr that blew up while target shooting,blowing the magazine completely out an into pieces,did not here about recall till now, how do I get on this class action lawsuit?

  • Haley Hatley August 21, 2013

    How do I join??? Now can not hear in right ear…. No way I will only take 250.00$ so wrong someone could die!!!

  • Ben Lamey September 23, 2013

    I have a remington 597 17 hmr that blew up while target shooting , ,Blew the bolt and magazine apart , how do I get in on this suit

  • Marie Bristow October 22, 2013

    Any news on the settlement of this suit?? I am still in possession of my Remington 597 17 HMR. I would like to be added to the class action suit.

  • Rob Wright October 25, 2013

    I paid 397.00 for my gun at sportsmans warehouse. No way I am going to take 200.00. Give me my choice in a new bolt action.

  • Grant J November 1, 2013

    Just had a Remington 597 blow the bolt and magazine up in my daughters face. I was hit with parts while standing 6 feet away. Now I find out this model has issues. I would have never had my daughter or anyone else using this gun if I would have known. Not impressed with Remington and their lack of due diligence in recalling these rifles.

  • Gary Tooker November 26, 2013

    I need to join this class action suit as well. Took my Remington 597 .17 HMR out this afternoon and had a case rupture that destroyed the magazine and damaged the bolt. My girlfriend who was standing several feet behind me was hit in the face with the charging handle. No injuries fortunately, but this could have potentially had a disastrous outcome. I agree that Remington failed to exercise due diligence regarding this recall or warning of the potential consequences of what could happen with continued use of the rifle. Likewise I also agree that Remington failed to offer a fair and adequate compensation for the recalled weapons.

  • Joe Gamez December 25, 2013

    Are we going to get any reply… my gun blew up on my son… He is now blind in one eye…

  • Alan Clausman January 14, 2014

    My Remington 597 .17 HMR blew up this past weekend while sighting in a scope, same damage to clip and magazine as all other posts. No injury to myself, second bullet in clip did split open peppering my face with gunpowder. I hate to hire my attorney to handle this for me but…

  • Glenn Cox February 6, 2014

    I too have a Remington 597 that I bought new several years ago, and this is the first I have heard of the problems it has. It has been shot very little, but after reading about the trouble, I won’t be shooting again. I agree with the others, 200-250 won’t cut it. Count me in.

  • David Jenkins February 22, 2014

    I also own a 597-.17HMR, I have three boxes of Remington ammo and have shot it about 50 times. I just found out about this recall while I was trying to resolve a problem with ammo feed and jamming. WOW, this is a serious problem. I read were many people ask to be a part of this law suit however, I don’t see any replies as to how. Please help.

  • Adam Beseda March 22, 2014

    I have A 597 Hmr 17 Semi With The Laminated Stock, A Wedding Present From My Wife. ProblemS Since day One!! Its From My Wife, $250, Yea Right!!!!

  • Jeremy Mullins April 11, 2014

    just ended up with one today. had no idea. i paid 350.

  • Al Fehr May 21, 2014

    I am curious if this problem is strictly with the 17 HMR. I have three 597’s, two in 22lr and one in 22 mag. I have had problems with the bolt, slide lever on all of them. I have one in the gun shop NOW, getting fixed. I love Remington but, seems their quality has gone down the tubes recently.. I am wondering why this is restricted to just the 17 HMR…. seems all the 597’s have the exact same design, just different calibers ??? HAS ANYONE HAD PROBLEMS WITH THE 22lr or 22 Mags. ???

  • Terry November 13, 2014

    yea had the 597 17hmr blow up on my 8 year old this past weekend. I’ve owned this rifle for years and now after it blows up I find out there’s a problem with the gun Remington should of sent the notice to the end user especially since there blowing up. I only use hornaday ammo. how do you get in on this law suit.

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  • t brewster March 2, 2015

    my wife bought a semi automatic 17 HMR she shot several hundred rounds through it with no problems she loved the riffle till recently it blowed up to mags back to back now we find out about the recall the $200 offered is a joke she paid a little over 400 for the gun all I see is questions and no answers I would like to know some answers on how to settle this

  • Wendell Kirkland May 29, 2015

    I bought my Remington 597 17hmr in 2010 today I attended to shoot a few rounds threw it and first shot exploded in my face. Rang my ears blew the clip in to four pieces blew the bolt out and Jammed the receiver open.I called Remington arm were I got to talk to a man called his self JB.all he would say to me after hearing my complaint was we will rebore the barrel to a 22 mag or give you a 200 dollar coupon. And the gun is not sup posed to shoot 17 HMR.ammo in a auto loader.I own two seventeen HMR.and one 22 mag all in the Remington 597 mod……..from this day on I will discriminate against Remington firearms in any open forums Internet Facebook gun shows and any we’re anybody will listen. Remington firearms is chicken shit.Rebore that Remington.

  • Rick Fisk September 20, 2015

    I have a 597 17 HMR. I just learned of this. Whats happening with this now?

  • Gary October 4, 2015

    I purchased a Remington 597 chambered in .17HMR in 2003. I have fired less than 200 rounds through it with no problem, most of the rounds were manufactured by Hornady and were fired this year. However, I just learned of this issue today while looking up the 597 on an online auction site because I was considering selling it. Why didn’t Remington notify owners of these rifles about the potential issues? Although thankfully I have not had any problems with the rifle to date, I cannot with any level of confidence take it to the range and fire it again. Conversely, returning it to Remington for a pittance of a credit voucher does not seem to be a viable option either. Please keep me informed of any remedy that would assist in recovering my purchase price for this defective firearm.

    • Herb Kennedy December 11, 2015

      I own one of these what’s going on with the class action?

  • Craig W. February 23, 2016

    I need in on this lawsuit also

  • R.Reeves June 20, 2016

    Please add me to the class action.

  • Clint Keathley September 28, 2016

    I bought the Remington 597 .17HMR…How do I join the lawsuit? I too had a bullet blow up out of the side & blew out the clip…. Have not shot it since!!!

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