S&W 617 .22 is a Keeper...

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S&W 617 .22 is a Keeper...

Post by Jeepsnguns » Fri Feb 28, 2014 10:41 pm

I put this little wheel gun up for sale a while back with out even shooting it.
I finally after one year to almost the day of owning it, finally took it to the range this morning and decided its a keeper.

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Nokomis outdoor range, 12 yards, benched with Remington Golden Bullets.
I stapled 4 targets and shot 20 rounds each and this was my best.

At 56 yrs of age my eyes are not as good as they once were, but I can still see at arms length fairly well without glasses.
I have prescription progressive (tri focal) glasses I wear for keyboard/monitor/conversational distance.
And I have glasses for distance (driving) .
I cant shoot with my progressives because they blur out anything beyond 3 feet, I cant shoot with my distance glasses because they blur out anything closer than 6 feet.
Therefore when I shoot I dont wear glasses.
Pretty happy with this gun, the sights as set from the factory needed no adjusting.
That's a good thing.
(I only count 19 holes but I know I shot 20...go figure)
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Re: S&W 617 .22 is a Keeper...

Post by Cardboard_killer » Sat Mar 01, 2014 6:41 am

I've had and sold both the 6" and 4" 617s, and while I think they are accurate guns, I think they balance really poorly due to the full lug and the stainless steel. Now I have three model 17s and a model 18, and prefer them all to the model 617.

Interestingly, when I bought the 6" 617 I got a 6" model 686 from the same seller (here on the board), and I found that the balance on the 686, which looks nearly exactly like the 617, was perfect. Which goes to show you what a difference big holes are.
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Post by Jeepsnguns » Sat Mar 01, 2014 9:24 am

I agree with you Brian, a half lugged version of this gun would not only balance better but look better as well.
I prefer the look of half lugged revolvers, but I much prefer stainless revolvers over blued.
S&W does offer a J frame model 63 stainless without the full lug, but it has a 3" bbl and I wanted a 4".
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Post by Cardboard_killer » Sat Mar 01, 2014 1:21 pm

Jeepsnguns wrote:IS&W does offer a J frame model 63 stainless without the full lug, but it has a 3" bbl and I wanted a 4".
They used to make them in 4" (and I have one myself); however, that model, as well as its blued version, the 34, is built on the small J frame. I much prefer the K-frame. In fact, I'd love to see an N-frame 22lr!
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Post by Jeepsnguns » Sat Mar 01, 2014 9:30 pm

Cardboard_killer wrote:In fact, I'd love to see an N-frame 22lr!
You must have some mighty big mitts to want an N framed 22. [smilie=011.gif]
Unfortunately the J frame .22 would probably fit my hand like a glove. [smilie=033.gif]
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Post by Cardboard_killer » Sun Mar 02, 2014 7:33 am

Jeepsnguns wrote:Unfortunately the J frame .22 would probably fit my hand like a glove. [smilie=033.gif]
With S&W revolvers, It's all about the grips.
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Post by Beck77 » Sun Mar 02, 2014 11:14 am

My 4 inch model 63, I am a big fan:
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Post by Jeepsnguns » Thu Mar 06, 2014 8:57 pm

Beck77,
That's a beauty.....a keeper for sure.
Nice pic by the way!
Damn fine job.
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Post by neverenoughguns » Tue Mar 18, 2014 8:45 pm

I have the 6" 10 shot. Love it. Will never part with it because it matches my 686 and because I bought it from FALKevin. Have a model 18 and it shoots a lot like my k frames... Just with less recoil. Lots of fun at the range!

By the way, if you want to have more fun, you can buy a speed loader and loading blocks. Reload 10 shots in no time flat.

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Post by 305tillimoved » Tue Mar 18, 2014 9:19 pm

Beautiful guns gents. :ber
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Re: S&W 617 .22 is a Keeper...

Post by Doyle » Tue Mar 18, 2014 11:30 pm

Cardboard_killer wrote:
Jeepsnguns wrote:IS&W does offer a J frame model 63 stainless without the full lug, but it has a 3" bbl and I wanted a 4".
They used to make them in 4" (and I have one myself); however, that model, as well as its blued version, the 34, is built on the small J frame. I much prefer the K-frame. In fact, I'd love to see an N-frame 22lr!
Have you tried a 617 yet? It really does feel a lot like an N-frame. I've got a 5" 629 and I bought the 617 specifically because it feels so much like the 629 (except for the recoil and blast of course).

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Re: S&W 617 .22 is a Keeper...

Post by Cardboard_killer » Wed Mar 19, 2014 6:20 am

Doyle wrote:Have you tried a 617 yet?
Yes, see the second post in this thread. I currently have four k-frame 22lr revolvers and two j-frame 22lr revolvers. None feel like an N-frame, of which I have three, to me. I'm not badmouthing the 617 (well, maybe a little), I just don't like the balance compared to the blued k-frame 22s.
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