0.6V is a good reading if it reads only one way.
When using the 'diode check' function of a volt meter to check a BJT transistor the meter leads should be set as follows.
For NPN type: Red (+) lead on Base to (Black) Emitter. (Red) Base to (Black) Collector.
For PNP type: Black (-) lead on Base to (Red) Emitter. (Black) Base to (Red) Collector.
All other lead/pin configurations should read open circuit.
Large resistors are meant to get hot.
That is why there is a maximum wattage rating on them.
Measure the voltage drop to see how hot they should be getting. (P=VxV/ R)